UPDATE: April 3, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic is creating challenges for everyone across the globe. American tennis players are asking for guidance regarding the safety of playing tennis, especially when social distancing and space sharing issues are now paramount.
Based on the recommendations of the USTA COVID-19 Advisory Group, the USTA believes that it is in the best interest of society to take a collective pause from playing the sport we love.
Although there are no specific studies on tennis and COVID-19, medical advisors believe there is the possibility that the virus responsible for COVID-19 could be transmitted through common sharing and handling of tennis balls, gate handles, benches, net posts, and even court surfaces.
As a result of this, the USTA asks that as tennis players we need to be patient in our return to the courts and consider how our decisions will not only affect ourselves, but how our decisions can impact our broader communities. In the meantime, we encourage everyone to stay active and healthy with at home exercise and creative “tennis at home” variations. We look forward to our return to tennis in a safe manner and will provide updates as new information becomes available. By practicing all the recommended guidelines presently put forth by our medical experts, that return will happen in the soonest possible timeframe.
Click here for updated information about COVID-19 from the USTA.
ARCHIVE: March 25, 2020
It goes without saying that your health and safety are a priority for RecTennis and our entire community. It is our hope that we will resume summer programming as originally scheduled, beginning as early as June 1st in some areas. We will continue to monitor the situation and align with federal, state and local entities to ensure the safety of all participants, including enhanced safety precautions related the sanitation of our equipment. If for some reason we cannot begin our summer season as planned, we will make every attempt to reschedule any disrupted programs. Rest assured that if we cannot reschedule a program for any reason, a full refund will be issued.
We’re looking forward to getting out in the sunshine and to play some safe and fun tennis on the courts this summer!
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ARCHIVE: March 23, 2020
Due to the continued situation surrounding the COVID-19 virus, and after discussions with the USTA Medical Advisory Committee, effective immediately the USTA will extend the suspension of USTA sanctioned products and events, including Adult and Junior Tournaments, USTA League, Junior Team Tennis, Team Challenge, Team Tournaments, USTA Schools programs, Tennis on Campus and Wheelchair events through May 3. Additionally, recognizing the evolving and fast-changing nature of this situation, the USTA will continue to monitor and assess conditions to make future determinations about events and activities taking place after May 3.
All Category 1 and Super Category 2 National Adult Tournaments with an ITF status, all ITF Junior events, and all USTA Pro Circuit and professional events will align with the same calendar as the ITF, ATP and WTA, and be suspended through June 7.
Both the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., and the USTA National Campus, in the Lake Nona area of Orlando, Fla., will remain closed for play and instructional opportunities through May 3. Any patron who wishes to cancel participation in a scheduled activity should contact the specific location for refund information. These policies will be in effect pending additional guidance or directives from each local governmental agency and the CDC. The USTA will continue to monitor and assess conditions to make future determinations about all activities at these facilities.
Click here for tips and recommendations for facilities and players, regarding COVID-19 from the USTA.
Archive: March 13, 2020
This afternoon at 12:30PM ET, USTA released an official statement, effectively suspending all events through April 20, 2020 throughout the US. The health and safety of our participants is our number one priority at all times and we have made the decision to follow the lead of USTA and many of our local school and community partners.
Effective immediately, we have cancelled all remaining Winter and upcoming Spring RecTennis programming due to concerns surrounding the continued spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
If you have already registered for one of our Spring RecTennis programs, full refunds will be issued as soon as possible.
At this time, we plan to continue with our summer season programming as scheduled. However, we will continue to monitor the situation closely and make any needed adjustments to align with the local school schedules.
For any questions or concerns regarding this, or any other issue, please contact your local Regional Manager.
Archive: March 6, 2020
Dear RecTennis Participants and Families,
The United States Tennis Association Pacific Northwest office has been and continues to work closely with local and national partners to continually monitor the ever-evolving situation associated with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Our greatest priority is the safety and well-being of our participants, families, staff, volunteers, schools, and tennis community.
Based on the latest information, we currently aim to continue RecTennis programs as planned. We are actively working with each school and community leadership. Should a school or community space close, or not allow after-school programs at their site, we will cancel our programs and notify all registered participants.
However, we encourage you to consider all the facts available to you when deciding whether to participate and to do what is right for you and your family, including taking all appropriate precautions advised by the CDC and other local authorities. To that end, if you decide to not participate in an open RecTennis program, we will work with you on identifying a future tennis playing opportunity, if available.
We encourage everyone to use the following practices, similar to protecting yourselves and others from a cold and flu:
-Sneeze or cough into a tissue or upper sleeve
-Wash your hands with soap and water frequently (for 20 seconds or longer), or use hand sanitizer if soap and water is not readily available, especially after sneezing or coughing
-Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashing hands, and wash your hands promptly if you have touched your eyes, nose, or mouth
-Limit close contact (e.g., hand-shaking, hugging, kissing) andd avoid sharing food, drinks, or towels with people, especially with people and animals who are sick
-Clean and disinfect obejcts and surfaces
If you have any of the symptoms during a RecTennis program (including but not limited to runny nose, headache, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, fever, lower respiratory symptoms), notify your RecTennis Site Director and seek medical guidance. If you have any symptoms in general, stay home, do not play tennis, and seek medical guidance.
How We Are Handling the Situation
– Remaining available at all times to answer your questions or help provide information.
-Encourage everyone to use preventative practices to protect yourself and others. Reiterate the importance of handwashing and hygiene procedures per CDC and state health guidelines.
-Ongoing communication with local and national partners, city partners, and local school districts. USTA PNW leadership connecting daily to communicate and monitor updates.
-RecTennis staff will not come to a RecTennis program if they experience symptoms or have been in close contact with someone with symptoms. We ask that participants do not attend a RecTenis program if you experience symptoms or have been in close contact with someone with symptoms.
-We will continue to provide communication updates and make any necessary schedule changes if needed. Should COVID-19 appear at a school or community center where RecTennis programs take place, we will follow the lead of the school or community center as well as notify participants that the RecTennis program has been canceled.
Should you become infected or are diagnosed, please contact:
Director of Recreational Programs & Partnerships
Thank you for supporting the well-being of our tennis community!