Durham-Orange Community Tennis Association


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<<<DOCTA Suspends USTA Sanctioned Tennis Events Until May 3, 2020>>>

Due to the continued situation surrounding the COVID-19 virus, and after discussions with the USTA Medical Advisory Committee, effective immediately the USTA will extend the suspension of USTA sanctioned products and events, including Adult and Junior Tournaments, USTA League, Junior Team Tennis, Team Challenge, Team Tournaments, USTA Schools programs, Tennis on Campus and Wheelchair events through May 3. Additionally, recognizing the evolving and fast-changing nature of this situation, the USTA will continue to monitor and assess conditions to make future determinations about events and activities taking place after May 3.

All Category 1 and Super Category 2 National Adult Tournaments with an ITF status, all ITF Junior events, and all USTA Pro Circuit and professional events will align with the same calendar as the ITF, ATP and WTA, and be suspended through June 7.

Both the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., and the USTA National Campus, in the Lake Nona area of Orlando, Fla., will remain closed for play and instructional opportunities through May 3. 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.

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As of March 13, 2020, the Durham-Orange Community Tennis Association (DOCTA) will suspend all tennis clinics, junior team tennis league, Try Tennis and other programming until May 3, 2020, in conjunction will the decisions of the USTA, USTA North Carolina and Net Generation.  We want to keep everyone healthy and safe.  We will reschedule Tennis Play Days and Try Tennis Events for April and/or May, pending updates on the Coronavirus.  If you have questions, please contact LeeAnn Rose, Community Tennis Coordinator at leerus@aol.com or Anna Mercer-McLean, DOCTA Secretary/USTA-NC Area 4 Director at amercermclean@gmail.com.  Please see USTA/North Carolina Statement below.  For more details, please go to www.nctennis.com.

Private lessons are available.  Please contact mclean2015@hotmail.com.
USTA Suspends Tennis 
Please see link below.  USTA Suspends all USTA sanctioned events including USTA leagues, JTT, Try Tennis, etc. until May 3, 2020.

Coronavirus Update from USTA North Carolina
Please continue to check here for updates over the next few days and weeks for updates

3-12-2020 9:00 PM

To Our Board, LLC's, CTA League Integrated Presidents,
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 League, USTA Adult and Junior Tournaments, USTA Jr Team Tennis and Net Generation Tour events and other events and activities connected with USTA North Carolina are suspended until April 3rd. This includes suspension of all scheduled matches or events not played due to inclement weather.  We will continue to assess whether the deadline should be extended.
USTA North 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. 

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

Cookie Guarini, President, USTA North Carolina
Kelly Gaines, Executive Director, USTA North Carolina

3-11-2020 9:00 AM

Coronavirus Update from USTA North Carolina
USTA North Carolina is monitoring the situation in North Carolina in regard to league and tournament play. Updates may come daily. We are also working in conjunction with USTA National and USTA Southern. 
In the meantime, in order to keep each other and ourselves safe and healthy:

  • Limit human contact during and at the end of matches.
  • Do not share towels
  • Do not share water bottles
  • Try to use your own water bottle instead of water in the coolers at facilities
  • Bring hand sanitizer and use when necessary
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water frequently
  • If you do not feel well, DO NOT PLAY.

Statement from USTA Southern on adult &  junior tennis tournaments in the Southern Section
In light of an abundance of caution relating to the moving dynamics of the Coronavirus (Covid-19).  USTA Southern Adult and Junior Tennis Tournament Dept has adopted short term policies for all Adult and Junior tournaments being held in March.

Coronavirus Update, March 2020

In light of an abundance of caution relating to the moving dynamics of the coronavirus (Covid-19), USTA Southern Junior & Adult Tournament Departments have adopted short-term policies for all tournaments being held in March.

  • Tournament staff will monitor their county health guidelines and Center for Disease Control (CDC) daily: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
  • Tournaments may still operate, as long as they follow CDC and their county health guidelines.
  • Players will be able to withdraw without any penalty up until the draw has been made. Entry fees should be refunded except for Active Registration Fees.
  • Sites will do their best to sanitize common areas and provide hand sanitizers.
  • If tournament does take place, please temporarily refrain from handshakes after the conclusion of matches. We suggest a light racket tap instead.
  • Ultimately, however, it is up to each player and/or parent in deciding whether to participate in any event. Further, every player is expected to take all reasonable precautions to protect themselves from the risk of exposure.
  • Please post ALL pertinent information on your tournament homepage and update regularly.
  • Thank you for your cooperation during this time. If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to call the USTA Southern office, 770.368.8200.

We will be continuing to monitor and will update the policy as needed as additional information becomes available.

Thank you for your cooperation during this time. If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to call the Southern office or the USTA North Carolina office.

USTA North Carolina will have more to say in the coming hours and days. Please keep a check on our social media and website.