“Based on the recommendations of the USTA COVID-19 advisory group, the USTA believes it is in the best interests of society to take a collective break from playing the sport we love,” the statement said.
“Although there are no specific studies on tennis and Covid-19, medical advisers believe it is possible that the virus responsible for Covid-19 can be transmitted by common sharing and handling of tennis, door handles, benches, net posts and even court surfaces.
“As a result of this, the USTA requests that as tennis players, we must be patient in our return to court and consider how our decisions will affect us not only ourselves, but also how our decisions may have an impact on our larger communities. In the meantime, we encourage everyone to stay active and healthy with home exercises and creative variations of “home tennis”. “
The USTA says it will provide updates as more information becomes available.
This year’s Wimbledon tennis championships were canceled by its organizers on Wednesday due to the ongoing coronavirus epidemic. The lawn grand slam was scheduled to begin on June 29, but a decision was made by the All England Club to suppress the event for the first time since World War II.
In addition, the Association of Tennis Professionals and Women’s Tennis Association jointly announced the continued suspension of ATP and WTA tournaments until July 13 due to the pandemic on the same day.
Following the announcement of the cancellation of Wimbledon, the USTA issued a statement saying that it still plans to host the US Open as planned, which would be from late August to mid-September.
The French Open, which was scheduled to start on May 18, has already been pushed back to September.