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USTA 18s and 16s National Championships Remain On Schedule

The USTA announced Monday the 2020 Boys and Girls 18s and 16s National Championships will be held as scheduled August 7-16, while the Boys and Girls 14s and 12s events have been canceled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Girls 18 event will be held at its traditional location of the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego. The Boys 18s event will be moved from Kalamazoo to the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Florida. Officials at Kalamazoo College cited concerns from school leadership about whether the college could effectively execute safety protocols mandated by the USTA as the reason not to host this year.

The Boys 16s event will move to the Mobile Tennis Center in Mobile, Alabama and the Girls 16s event will be played at the Rome Tennis Center in Rome, Georgia.

The singles draw sizes will be reduced from 224 players to 128 players for each event and information regarding the doubles competition will be announced at a later date. Additional information with respect to the player selection process can be found on the tournament websites (see below).

The USTA release said the events will “adhere to a comprehensive safety plan that includes enhanced sanitization measures and mandatory face coverings with the exception of on-court players and officials. Players will be limited to one guest, and the events will have no additional spectators.”

According to a USTA spokesperson, “At this time, college coaches will not be permitted to attend the events in person. The USTA is working on making additional resources available to assist with recruiting efforts for those coaches who wish to do so remotely.”

The health and safety protocols were developed in conjunction with the USTA Medical Advisory Group and comply with local and state agencies governing each of the four tournament sites.

Tournament Information for each event can be found:

Boys 18s (Kalamazoo)

Girls 18s (San Diego)

Boys 16s (Mobile)

Girls 16s (Rome)

(Editor’s Note: The Boys 18s move to Orlando was announced on Wednesday, June 17. This article was updated to reflect the change).


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