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COVID-19 Updates

March 10, 2020 03:31 PM

Dear USTA South Carolina Family,

The public health situation regarding COVID-19 continues to evolve. We acknowledge the difficult decisions everyone faces with the spread of COVID-19 and recognize the concern and anxiety this virus and its consequences create in our communities.  We care deeply about our tennis community, your health, your well-being and hope everyone stays safe through this ordeal.

Our staff has been busy creating a COVID-19 relief fund for tennis professionals. The needs-based financial assistance program will be offered to South Carolina Tennis Professionals who make their living in the tennis industry in South Carolina, have been drastically impacted by COVID-19 and are experiencing reduced tennis employment opportunities in South Carolina. USTA South Carolina, in conjunction with the South Carolina Tennis Patrons Foundation and the Community Tennis Associations have made contributions toward the relief fund.

For more information about this fund, or to donate, click here.

In the upcoming weeks, USTA SC will host a series of educational webinar trainings. Among other topics, the series will include:

 

  • 2021 Junior Competitive Structure Changes - Junior Tour and Net Generation Circuit
  • Social Media Tips for CTAs, LLCs, Pros and Facilities
  • Adult Social Play: Engaging the Casual Tennis Player
     

You can find the full schedule by clicking here.

Currently, the best way to stay connected with our tennis community is through social media. You will find daily activities, tennis challenges and more on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Get started here.

There are many uncertainties surrounding COVID-19, but you can count on us to continue working toward the day that we will be back on the courts and enjoying each other’s company. In the meantime, you can reach the USTA SC staff by email or phone, while we continue to work remotely.

For ongoing updates regarding COVID-19, continue to visit http://www.southcarolina.usta.com/news/covid-19_updates/

James McKissick, President, USTA South Carolina

 

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March 27, 2020 update from USTA SC

To our South Carolina tennis family,

On behalf of USTA South Carolina, our office is thinking of you during this time. This global pandemic has put a strain on our community. We are aware that many facilities have closed, and some have been forced to lay off their workforce. 

We know that tennis creates a unique community like no other. It’s that sense of the community that we want to celebrate. We will be active on our social media channels and hope that you will interact with us.

Our staff is working from home and fully engaged in connecting with the providers in our state. We are actively brainstorming ideas for future play.

A lot may be uncertain right now, but we know this for sure: our tennis programs will be waiting for you with open arms when it is safe to resume activities. We are confident that when this passes, our players will be more excited than ever to get back on the court.

Until then, we will be in touch with any changes that may occur. 
 

James McKissick, President, USTA South Carolina 
Jennifer Gregg, Executive Director, USTA South Carolina

 

March 23, 2020 Update from USTA National

Find the most recent update from USTA National at: https://www.facebook.com/USTA/photos/a.150782277057/10157364368172058/?type=3&theat​er


March 13, 2020 Updates

To Our South Carolina Tennis Community,

 

The public health situation regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues to evolve. We acknowledge the difficult decisions all face with the spread of COVID-19 and recognize the concern, anxiety, and worry this virus and its consequences create in our communities. Health and well-being of our communities is our highest priority. 

 

Effective March 13, 2020 USTA South Carolina Adult and Junior Tournaments will be suspended until April 20, 2020.

 

USTA South Carolina League, USTA South Carolina Junior Team Tennis and Net Generation Tour events, USTA South Carolina Tennis Apprentice and other events and activities connected with USTA South Carolina are suspended until further notice,  with updates planned for March 27. This includes suspension of all scheduled matches or events not played due to inclement weather. 

 

USTA South Carolina is working in coordination with USTA Southern and USTA National and we expect to provide further guidance going forward.

 

Please go to  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html for updates and to your local health departments for guidance, and continue to check http://www.southcarolina.usta.com/news/covid-19_updates/ for USTA South Carolina updates.

Thanks for your understanding and patience. We hope all our tennis family stays well.

 

James McKissick, President, USTA South Carolina

Jennifer Gregg, Executive Director, USTA South Carolina


March 12, 2020 Updates

  • USTA SC has decided to cancel the 2020 Boys JV Invitational that was scheduled for March 20-22 at the Palmetto Tennis Center in Sumter.  
  • The 2020 Volvo Car Open will not be held, due to the COVID-19 virus. (https://www.volvocaropen.com/update/). Therefore, we will not hold previously scheduled events at the VCO.

 

Dear USTA SC Family:

As our country continues to face a day-to-day uncertainty of the effects of the COVID-19 virus, your health and well-being are our primary concern.

We want to ensure our tennis community continues to thrive. To that end, I urge our partners in the tennis community across South Carolina to remain vigilant in your efforts to stop the spread of this virus.

The World Health Organization reminds us that the spread can be “significantly slowed or even reversed through the implementation of robust containment and control activities.”

Those of you working with large groups of people in workshops, tournaments and other programs, please take precautions that could reduce the spread of the virus. Every effort made to slow or contain the virus is a smart choice.

We encourage tournament directors to make sound decisions that could impact the health of our tennis playing communities. Every person in our tennis community across South Carolina has the power to help stop the spread of this virus.

USTA Southern has adopted several short-term policies regarding tournaments that you might find useful. That information is available on the USTA Southern website or can be accessed at the link below.

http://www.southern.usta.com/Juniors/tournaments_rankings/health_update_march_2020/?

We will continue to monitor the CDC daily website. Learn more: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

Please let me know if we can be of assistance as you work through these challenging issues. Thank you for all you do.

Sincerely,

James_McKissick

James McKissick
President, United States Tennis Association of South Carolina
Chair, USTA SC 
Board of Directors

 

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