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  • USTA Update May 26: No National Play before August 1; Sections Can Resume Play if Local Conditions Allow

    Note that several sections, including NorCal, SoCal and Florida have suspended USTA play till July 1st.

    USTA Statement on Suspension of Events

    May 26, 2020

    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

     (Emphasis added)

    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

    For more information on the cancellation of the USTA League National Championships and USTA Junior Team Tennis National Championships, please visit the FAQ.


    The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., is currently closed to the public. The facility’s Indoor Tennis Center was converted to a temporary hospital for COVID-19 patients, while Louis Armstrong Stadium was utilized as a commissary to facilitate the creation of meal packages that were distributed to patients, workers and New York City school children. 


    The USTA National Campus, in the Lake Nona area of Orlando, Fla., will remain closed for play and instructional opportunities through June 7.


    Any patron who wishes to cancel participation in a scheduled activity should contact the specific location for refund information. These policies will be in effect pending additional guidance or directives from each local governmental agency and the CDC. The USTA will continue to monitor and assess conditions to make future determinations about all activities at these facilities.


    * The USTA Medical Advisory Committee includes: Dr. Brian Hainline, Chief Medical Officer of the NCAA and USTA Board Member; Dr. Brian Daniels, MD, Orthopedics and Sports Medicine at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando, Fla., and Medical Director, US Open; Dr. Mark Kovacs, Senior Director of Sports Science and Health, Cleveland Cavaliers; Dr. Bernard Camins, Medical Director for Infection Prevention at Mt. Sinai; Mike Rodriguez, USTA Senior Director and US Open

  • Successful Semis in Poertschach

    June 13, 2019, Poertschach, Austria

    The order of play here was posted pretty late yesterday (about 9:30pm), due to the thunderstorms which delayed play. I was scheduled for 9am which meant an early warm up. Fortunately Ellen Neumann and her friend Katy Boeroecz (who was in the 55 semis) allowed me to warm up with them!

    I played Cornelia Keller from Germany. We played on Center Court (only women’s matches were scheduled for such an early hour!). I won 60 61 and then watched the other women’s 60s semis for a while. I knew for sure I’d play another lefty, since the other semifinalists were both lefties. In the end Karin Theeuwes of the Netherlands won 75 75 over the #2 seed, Sylvia Reigl.

    I also watched a bit of Lucie Schwab’s final…she looked tired and her wrist was taped but she played very cleverly, using lots of spins and angles and drops and won 63 63 to take the 50s division over Karola Thumm. In the women’s 75s, Michelle Bichon beat Heide Orth again, in two close, tough sets. Laura DiVittori beat Katy in the 55s semis and Barbora Koutna took out Lisa Prechtl, so they face each other tomorrow. DiVittori played smart, mixing up the pace of her serve and ground strokes and holding off a determined opponent in the second set, winning 75 64. Koutna used her superior groundstrokes to power past Prechtl. In men’s 85’s, Aussie Adrian Alle lost but German Herbert Althaus won. Werner, the German 80s player I hit with the other day lost to an unseeded player who moved very well. Wayne Crowley of Australia won in men’s 65s. Heidi Eisterlehner, with whom I trained the second day I was here beat Carol Campling of Australia 61 61. Canada’s Taras Beyko was playing top seeded Alexander Lindholm when I left and the two were having a good, even battle in the first set. I ran into Danny Shaw, and American living in Europe. He was playing doubles with Keith Porter of Canada and mixed with an Austrian.

    The weather today was great, no rain, sunny and warm. They had a nice display of trophies up today since some finals were already played.

    I play the singles final tomorrow and doubles semis (50s).

    Draws are here.

  • Essen Champion!

    It was a perfect day for tennis today. It was in the 70s, slightly overcast and calm. Jenny Cerff warmed me up and Lyn Mortimer and I started play around 10:30. We even had a chair umpire, Sabine Henn (who will also be in Ulm for the world championships).


    I played well today and beat Lyn 62 63. She had played consecutive three-setters, but ran well especially to dropshots and made a lot of winners, but I ran well too and hit a few winners and not so many errors.

    There was a prize giving ceremony, then we left. I got ice for my shoulder, and had a racquet strung (and was able to see the 5th set of Fritz/Zverev…there’s no channel here carrying Wimbledon so I’ve only been listening to the Wimbledon channel on my phone). We returned bottles for the pfand (deposit) and had a relaxing evening.

    Here are some German words: The first sign  says that this is customer parking for this business and unlawfully parked vehicles will be towed. It’s always important to know how to avoid getting one’s car towed! The last sign says that Tennis Point is the largest tennis store in the world. The other signs are pretty self explanatory.


    At European tournaments and especially at German ones, the custom is to have a drink with your opponent after the match. The day before the tournament began, workers were busy painting and putting together a wooden building with a grill and benches and tables under the trees. Here’s the menu:

    Tomorrow we are off to Dusseldorf for the day. We will be back on Sunday to practice and see some of the finals before leaving Monday.







  • Practicing & Touring Seattle

    Today, Sunday, I walked to the club, a nice walk of less than 15 minutes and met up with my doubles partner Susan Wright. We warmed up a bit, then played a couple of sets of doubles. Susan was nearly flawless today, serving, returning and volleying like the professional she is.

    After we stretched, recovered and had lunch, we headed off to Pike Place Market, the biggest tourist attraction in Seattle, and the 33rd most visited attraction in the world with 10 million visitors according to Travel & Leisure.  It was fun, even though touristy, with lots of fish markets, flower markets and fruits and vegetable vendors.

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    We attended the cocktail reception back at the club after our trip to the market. It was clear enough in the afternoon to see Mt. Rainier which is a two hour drive away from the club.

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    Tomorrow is the eclipse over the USA. Seattle is supposed to have a 91% coverage around 10:20am and to be pretty clear.

    In the tournament, the men start tomorrow and the women on Tuesday.

    Draws are here: http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=186516

    Photos are here: https://goo.gl/photos/xN8UASoymWb3FtVn6

  • Beating the Rain in Poertschach

    The tournament began in earnest for me today, as I had both singles and doubles matches. My match scheduled for noon actually started about 1pm as there were a lot of three setters. The weather was cooler and cloudy. I played Sylvia Teichmann from Germany who turned out to be a hard hitter with a 2-handed backhand. She had on an Adidas outfit that made me think she looked like Angie Kerber..or maybe Angie Kerber’s mom (and the service motion was unconventional too), though she was a righty. I served pretty well and mostly kept the ball deep enough to keep me out of trouble. Tomorrow I play Hildegarded Bruggraeber from Austria, an all court player who is the rare European who loves doubles more than singles. We haven’t played for five years, so it will be like a brand new opponent and should be a good match.

    Heidi Eisterlehner and I won out first round of doubles too, just beating the rain that came pouring down about 10 minutes after we finished. We actually had a rain delay during the match but it was brief. There was donner und blitzen (thunder and lightning) during the match, though the lightning seemed a long ways away. We play Hildegarde and her partner in doubles tomorrow which will be a challenge as her partner is good and they are a good setter/hitter combination.

    Here are a few photos from my balcony. The courts had huge puddles in them after the rain storm.

    Semis tomorrow!



    Photos: https://goo.gl/photos/yBn489Bww8kg1f8u8