The United States Tennis Association (USTA) has issued a statement on Friday advising people not to play tennis during the coronavirus pandemic. In its statement released on Friday, the USTA says, "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." The USTA said it will provide updates as new information becomes available.
Most states in the United States have already issued stay at home orders for their residents and many are hoping that a nation wide lockdown will be announced by the Federal Government.
As of now, all professional tournaments till July 12th have been cancelled and the tennis tour is scheduled to resume on July 13th although the resumption largely depends on how the global health crisis will unfold.