USTA releases statement on coronavirus pandemic


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USTA releases statement on coronavirus pandemic

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) have officially cancelled all of their events which were scheduled to kick off before April 20. The ATP announced a six-week suspension of the men's professional Tour due to the coronavirus outbreak, while there won't by any WTA or ITF World Tennis Tour in the next five weeks.

"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," Chairman/President Patrick J. Galbraith and CEO/Executive Director Michael Dowse said in a statement released by the USTA. "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."