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Link to USTA website regarding Covid19 and safety

of playing tennis in these troubled times. USTA is recommending that everyone in the country stops playing tennis at least for now. I think this is a bit extreme, but several more of my regular partners have decided to quit playing until things get better. I think I am going continue playing if I can find enough guys (only play doubles at my age) with the following precautions .Everyone washes hands before we start, only use a new can of balls, I will wear gloves on both hands. My tennis club has already eliminated on court chairs and on court water I find it very hard to believe that the virus can get and stay on clay or hard courts. All public tennis courts in Greensboro have already been closed by the city.

Here is a C &P of the relevant parts.

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 time frame.

Link: Link to uSTA website regarding Covid 19 and not playing tennis

Posted: 04/05/2020 at 09:19AM


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