Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the USTA has decided to suspend all USTA-sanctioned events through April 20. We reached this decision in order to ensure the health and safety of all, knowing that at this unprecedented time, we have a responsibility not only to those who play, follow, and love our sport, but also to their respective communities in every corner of the U.S. We understand that—particularly right now—nothing is more important than that.
We realize that this a difficult time for all, but it also must be a time when we raise our respective games in terms of utilizing common sense and adhering to those protocols outlined by our public health officials. This is a fluid, ever-evolving situation that presents new challenges every day, and all of us at the USTA are committed to continually monitoring and staying on top of this ever-evolving situation so that we can make the most informed decisions possible in regard to safeguarding our staff, volunteers, and everyone with a passion for the great sport of tennis.
Certainly, this is a challenge. But it is one that we will meet and get through together. We will get back on court, but first, we will need to be smart; we will need to be safe; and we will need to be strong. Without doubt, we can do all of those things.
Patrick J. Galbraith
Chairman and President
Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director
Official statement follows:
Due to the heightened concerns surrounding the COVID-19 virus, effective immediately the USTA will suspend all USTA sanctioned products and events, including Adult and Junior Tournaments, League Tennis, Junior Team Tennis, USTA Schools programs, Tennis on Campus, Wheelchair Events and USTA Pro Circuit Events. The health and safety of all players, staff, fans and volunteers are the foremost concern. This suspension is in effect through April 20. The USTA's goal will be to reschedule events where possible following this suspension period. 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 April 20.
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 open to the general public for play and instructional opportunities. However, all group activities will be limited in the number of participants. Any patron who wishes to cancel participation in a scheduled activity should contact the specific location for refund information. Additionally, the fitness facilities, showers and food service at both facilities will be closed. These policies will be in effect pending additional guidance or directives from each local governmental agency and the CDC.