Worldwide, the COVID-19 global pandemic has brought us into charted territory. In these times of social distancing and isolation, communication has never been more important.
We know that tennis, and sports, take a back seat to the well-being and health of the public at-large, but we wanted to ensure we keep the community informed on news, closures and updates regarding tennis on Long Island.
Our community always comes together in times like these, and we will once again support one another in order to overcome this crisis. At Long Island Tennis Magazine, we wanted to continue doing our part to inform and support both the facilities and the players.
Below is how some local facilities, plus USTA Eastern, told us they are handling this situation in terms of their operations. If you have an update or news to share regarding your team, club or town, please share it with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay safe and healthy. We are a strong community and we will see you on the courts soon.
Statement from USTA Eastern:
“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.”
After sending a message to its members and staff where it informed them that all membership dues have been frozen, and that subsequent classes missed will be made up, Claude Okin, SPORTIME’S President and CEO concluded it by saying:
“Thank you all for your cooperation and understanding during this incredibly difficult time. Whether this message finds you in the Hamptons, elsewhere on Long Island, in NYC, in Westchester, or in the Capital Region, please stay safe, healthy and strong, and please do not hesitate to reach out to me, to my fellow SPORTIME Leaders, or to the Leaders at your SPORTIME home sites, if you have any questions. Phones at the sites will be monitored during a reduced business day, Mondays through Saturdays, and emails and messages will be returned daily. Our clubs will be maintained, sanitized and otherwise readied for reopening at the soonest possible date.”
Steve Kaplan, Owner and Managing Director, Bethpage Park Tennis & Education Center:
“This is a very stressful time for everyone and its important that we all value the safety of ourselves, our loved ones and the larger community above all else. We must realize that now more than ever, we are in this together, It's also a time to remain calm and try to normalize with the recognition that for a while there may be a new "normal" that we must accommodate.
We have suspended regular operations for a week while we institute very comprehensive sanitary and social distancing policies and practices that will enable staff and players to visit and remain safe. We will be rolling these out in the next few days as we continue to monitor and observe the recommendations and guidelines of officials.”
Kathy Miller, General Manager, Carefree Racquet Club:
“Carefree is closed until further notice. We are following all closure requests with the hopes that people are staying home so we can flatten the curve and put an end to this virus. We look forward to life getting back to normal and seeing our wonderful customers back on the courts! Wishing everyone well and hoping to see everyone soon.”
Raluca Panghe, Social Media Director, Glen Head Racquet & Fitness:
“These last few days have been very difficult for people around the world and of course for our community. We just wish that everybody stays safe and healthy and can’t wait for our clients to return and enjoy their tennis lessons as soon as everything is back to normal.
For now, Glen Head Racquet Club is closed and will be until further notice and we receive word from the government that we can perform in a safe manner. We extended the makeup deadlines to October for any missed classes.
Until opening, our facility will be disinfected by a professional cleaning service. We want to thank all of our clients for understanding and continuing to work with us through this difficult time.”