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COVID 19 Update

Beginning June 1, the suspension of USTA Sanctioned products and events noted below will now be at the discretion of the USTA Sections and local health authorities. USTA Southern is passing the decision on to our nine State Associations and local health authorities.







Update on Suspension of Play and Event Changes - May 26, 2020

The USTA recognizes that the coronavirus has been affecting different parts of the country in different ways and with different timing. Because of that, it will be possible for people to return to playing tennis safely in some cities and states sooner than in others.


At present, stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders have been lifted or modified in some communities, and some are phasing tennis back in as a safe, or in certain cases, an “essential,” activity.


Beginning June 1, the suspension of USTA Sanctioned products and events noted below will now be at the discretion of the USTA Sections and local health authorities. These USTA Sanctioned products and events include:

• Adult and Junior Tournaments

• USTA League

• USTA Junior Team Tennis

• USTA Social Leagues

• Team Challenge

• Team Tournaments

• USTA School Programs

• Tennis on Campus

• Wheelchair Tennis


The safety and well-being of all players and event personnel remains the first and foremost consideration of the USTA. All players should check their USTA Section homepage to determine when these USTA Sanctioned products and events will resume and under what conditions. In all cases, the USTA highly recommends that all players and facilities adhere to the “Playing Tennis Safely” guidelines, as well as all local health and safety regulations when returning to play.


Please note the additional national suspensions below that are still in effect across the country: 


All Category 1 and Super Category 2 National Adult Tournaments with an ITF status, all ITF Junior events, all Adults Category 2 and Category 3 tournaments, all Wheelchair L1 - L3 events, and all USTA Pro Circuit events will align with the same calendar as the ITF and be suspended through July 31. The ATP has also suspended events through July 31, while the WTA has suspended select events in July. In addition, the USTA has made the decision, separately, to cancel the 2020 National Clay Court Championships scheduled for July 11-19, and which would have taken place in seven cities across three states.


“The impact of COVID-19 has been felt across the tennis landscape, and it is our goal to ensure that the sport is able to be played in a safe and healthy fashion at the parks and facilities throughout the country once the pandemic subsides,” said Patrick Galbraith, Chairman of the Board and President, USTA. “One of the greatest aspects of this game is that it fosters a true community, and we look forward to the time when we can return to our local courts and use tennis to unite us all, once again.”  


The determination has also been made to suspend the calculation and publication of the National Standings List (NSL) for Adult, Junior and Wheelchair play until further notice. The NSL published on March 18 will serve as the most current until tournament competition resumes.


In addition, to ensure that play taking place at local facilities will be the focus once the pandemic subsides, the following events will be canceled for 2020: 

• USTA League National Championships

• USTA Junior Team Tennis National Championships

• USTA Junior Intersectional Team Championships
• USTA Zone Team Championships

• USTA National Team Championships







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USTA Kentucky has established the Tennis Starts with Love Response Fund for Kentucky’s tennis professionals whose income has been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Tennis Starts with Love is a grass roots effort supported by Raise a Racquet Foundation and individual donations.  This fund is designed for individuals who make their living in the tennis industry and who reside in the area of the state served by USTA Kentucky programming.  All applications will be evaluated by a review committee and granted up to a $500 maximum award.   Awards will be given until funds are exhausted.

Kentucky Tennis Starts With Love Response Fund Information and Applicaion



Update on Suspension of Play and Event Changes



USTA Southern Cancels 2020 USTA League, Combo Doubles Sectional Championships



ATLANTA – MAY 18, 2020 – The United States Tennis Association (USTA) Southern Section Board of Directors announced the cancellation of its 2020 USTA Adult League championships due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The six events were scheduled between late July and early December in six cities.


USTA League and Combo Doubles are considered the flagship of the USTA, with 90,000 players in USTA Southern and 330,000 nationally. The leagues consist of teams of about six to 20 players in various age categories. Most teams start competing at the local level and advance to state and sectional championships. Last year, approximately 7,000 players and 600 teams participated in USTA Southern championships and contributed millions of dollars to local economies.


In many states in USTA Southern, most local league play was either halted, canceled or had not begun. Once the USTA announces when local play resumes, individual state associations will decide on the fate of their state adult league championships for 2020.


The USTA had announced in April that all 2020 USTA national adult league championships were canceled due to the COVID-19 epidemic.


Here are the six canceled events, with dates and locations:

  • USTA League Adult 18 & Over Southern Sectional Championships; July 24-27; Rome, Ga.
  • USTA League Adult 40 & Over Southern Sectional Championships; Aug.7-9, Aug. 14-16; Auburn, Ala.
  • USTA League Adult 55 & Over Southern Sectional Championships; Sept.18-21; Asheville, N.C.
  • USTA Southern Mixed Doubles Sectional Championships; Oct. 9-11; Lexington, Ky.
  • USTA League Adult 65 & Over Southern Sectional Championships; Nov. 13-16; Dothan, Ala.
  • Combo Doubles Southern Sectional Championships; Dec. 4-7; Mobile, Ala.

USTA Southern President & CEO Bonnie Vandegrift said, “It is with a heavy heart that we have had to cancel these important championships. USTA League and Combo Doubles are the backbone of local tennis participation in USTA Southern and throughout the country. The safety of our players is our priority. We are truly disappointed that we cannot stage these tournaments, which allows our players to be physically active and gives our cities significant travel revenue.”

USTA Southern Adult League Committee Chair Helen Martin added, “Our USTA League and other adult players are so passionate about playing. That makes is especially disappointing that we won’t be able to give them the opportunity to compete with other players from our nine states. The good news is that we will be able to focus on supporting local tennis programs.”


USTA Southern Director of Adult Tennis & Human Resources Chris Walling added, “This was not an easy decision and one that was ultimately decided on by what is best for our players. The health and safety of our players was the number one priority. Additionally, one of the many items we looked at was what our players told us. In a recent USTA Southern League survey with over 13,000 responses, an overwhelming majority of our players made it clear that they wanted to focus on local league options and were not comfortable with team events with more than 300 players in attendance.”