USTA Southwest Statement on Programming (updated 3:30 pm, May 28)
Beginning June 1, the suspension of USTA Sanctioned products and events noted below will now be at the discretion of the USTA Southwest Section Office (Arizona, New Mexico and El Paso, TX).
As of now, USTA Southwest plans on slowly and safely welcoming tennis players back to USTA programming. This will happen on a case-by-case basis, based on local situations and in conjunction with government orders and local health authorities.
Meanwhile, as facilities and organizations begin to reopen, and players get back on the court, we encourage all to view the USTA Return to Play Guidelines below, which communicate important tips, strategies, and suggested guidelines for reopening facilities and safe play.
As always, feel free to contact the USTA Southwest office with any questions and/or needs by emailing email@example.com.
These USTA Sanctioned products and events include :
· Adult Tournaments and Junior Tournaments
· USTA League
· USTA Junior Team Tennis
· USTA Social Leagues
· Team Challenge
· Team Tournaments
· USTA School Programs
· Tennis on Campus
· Wheelchair Tennis
The safety and well-being of all players and event personnel remains the first and foremost consideration of the USTA. All players should check their USTA Section homepage to determine when these USTA Sanctioned products and events will resume and under what conditions.
In all cases, the USTA highly recommends that all players and facilities adhere to the “Playing Tennis Safely” guidelines (see all program 'Return To Play' guidelines linked below), as well as that players adhere to all local health and safety regulations when returning to play.
Please note the additional national suspensions below that are still in effect across the country.
All Category 1 and Super Category 2 National Adult Tournaments with an ITF status, all ITF Junior events, all Adults Category 2 and Category 3 tournaments, all Wheelchair L1 - L3 events, and all USTA Pro Circuit events will align with the same calendar as the ITF and be suspended through July 31.
The ATP Tour has also suspended events through July 31, while the WTA Tour has suspended select events in July.
In addition, the USTA has made the decision, separately, to cancel the 2020 National Clay Court Championships (junior events) scheduled for July 11-19, and which would have taken place in seven cities across three states.
“The impact of COVID-19 has been felt across the tennis landscape, and it is our goal to ensure that the sport is able to be played in a safe and healthy fashion at the parks and facilities throughout the country once the pandemic subsides,” said Patrick Galbraith, Chairman of the Board and President, USTA. “One of the greatest aspects of this game is that it fosters a true community, and we look forward to the time when we can return to our local courts and use tennis to unite us all, once again.”
The determination has also been made to suspend the calculation and publication of the National Standings List (NSL) for Adult, Junior and Wheelchair play until further notice. The NSL published on March 18 will serve as the most current until tournament competition resumes.
In addition, to ensure that play taking place at local facilities will be the focus once the pandemic subsides, the following events will be canceled for 2020:
• USTA League National Championships
• USTA Junior Team Tennis National Championships
• USTA Junior Intersectional Team Championships
• USTA Zone Team Championships
• USTA National Team Championships
For more information on the cancellation of the USTA League National Championships and USTA Junior Team Tennis National Championships, please visit the FAQ.
* The USTA Medical Advisory Committee includes: Dr. Brian Hainline, Chief Medical Officer of the NCAA and USTA Board Member; Dr. Brian Daniels, MD, Orthopedics and Sports Medicine at Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando, Fla., and Medical Director, US Open; Dr. Mark Kovacs, Senior Director of Sports Science and Health, Cleveland Cavaliers; Dr. Bernard Camins, Medical Director for Infection Prevention at Mt. Sinai; Mike Rodriguez, USTA Senior Director and US Open Security.