Updated: 5/13/2020 at 11:30pm PT
The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) continues to closely monitor the situation surrounding Coronavirus (COVID-19). When it comes to decision-making, our commitment is always to protect the health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches, and programs, as well as families and fans.
We have been reading guidance by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, listening to such bodies and people as the USTA, NCAA and its Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Brian Hainline, as well as paying close attention to the decisions and actions of leading institutions of higher education and athletic conferences.
The ITA recognizes that the Coronavirus has been affecting different parts of the country in different ways and with different timing. With guidance, the USTA believes it will be possible for people to return to playing tennis safely in some cities and states sooner than in others. To determine what playing tennis safely means, the USTA released “Playing Tennis Safely” guidelines for players as well as facilities, which we strongly encourage you to read.
The Federal Government issued guidelines on April 16th for “Opening Up America Again” at WhiteHouse.gov/OpeningAmerica. By following these guidelines as well as those of local governments and health agencies, we will be able to make informed decisions as to when our events can commence.
The ITA is pleased to be a leader in helping the country open back up safely beginning with the 2020 Oracle ITA Summer Circuit. We are preparing to move forward with the circuit and promote tennis as a social distancing sport.
For more information:
Federal Government Guidelines (April 16th)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
NCAA COVID-19/Coronavirus FAQs
USTA COVID-19 Playing Tennis Safely (Player Tips & Recommendations)
USTA COVID-19 Playing Tennis Safely (Facility & Programming)
ITF Issues First Set of ‘Return to Tennis’ Guidelines