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World TeamTennis COVID-19 Safety Fact Sheet

Posted on June 16, 2020

Season Dates: July 12 – August 2
Location: The Greenbrier in West Virginia
Players & Coaches:  60 Professional Men’s and Women’s Tennis players, 20 WTT Coaches
Staff & Production: 30 WTT Staff, 65 Production/Operations Staffers/Medical Personnel
Fan Protocol: The Greenbrier COVID-19 Guidelines

OVERVIEW

WTT will privately secure, pay for, provide and administer a COVID-19 test to all WTT players, coaches and essential staff upon initial arrival at The Greenbrier. Additionally, all will receive temperature checks daily and be given Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) upon arrival for their stay. This will be the first major professional tennis league to resume operations since the WTA and ATP suspended operations on March 9, due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

BACKGROUND

  • Medical/Testing: WTT will follow and abide by any testing guidelines that are required by the state. All staff and players will be tested at The Greenbrier prior to the start of the season and will be quarantined until the result is available. In addition, every morning, a temperature check will be conducted to enter WTT facilities. Any person with a positive test will not be admitted into the WTT facilities and will be removed from the season without compensation. Any person who has a temperature reading at or above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit will not be allowed to participate in WTT activities or into WTT facilities until a COVID-19 negative test result is received. Should a player or coach test positive for COVID-19
  • Airport Pickup and Transportation: WTT will provide all airport transfers for players and staff with official WTT Transportation. Transportation will be provided by professional drivers contracted by WTT.  Buses/Vans will be cleaned after every trip.
  • Hotel: When arriving at the hotel, players and staff will have a separate check in area. Players and staff will each be in their own room for the duration of the event.
  • Food and Beverage: WTT will provide meals to players and staff through the hotel and venue catering. WTT will have access to a private room in the venue where the Food and Beverage would be available, and credentials will be required to enter these private spaces. In addition to the private space, room service is available 24 hours a day.
  • People in the Process: In total, the WTT group will be no larger than 175 people which includes all players, coaches, operations staff, TV production and medical personnel. WTT will follow any capacity maximums mandated by the State of West Virginia. Social distancing will take place amongst the staff and players during the event.
  • Venue and Hotel: WTT will work with the hotel partner and the venue to provide hand sanitizers throughout the necessary hotel levels and the venue. Hand sanitizing stations will be placed periodically throughout the venue. Social distancing signs will also be placed throughout the venue.
  • On Court: WTT will only have the two teams (six players each) on the court at a time along with one chair umpire. Hawkeye’s automated line calling system will be used to eliminate extra officials on court and ball kids will not be used for this event. Players will be asked to retrieve their own tennis balls after points. No high-fives or handshakes will take place between opponents.
  • Medical/Testing: WTT will follow and abide by any testing guidelines that are required by the State of West Virginia.  All staff and players will be tested prior to the start of the season. In addition, every morning, a temperature check will be conducted to enter the venue.
  • Guidance: WTT is fully prepared and will follow all state guidelines set by the State of West Virginia as well as White House and CDC guidelines. WTT will also administer any additional COVID-19 testing that is required by the state. We will follow all procedures and necessary practices to make this safe for staff, players, our partners.
  • Season Details: The 2020 World TeamTennis season will showcase a 63-match regular season over 19 consecutive days from July 12-30, with the WTT Playoffs to follow on Aug. 1 (WTT Semifinals) and Aug. 2 (WTT Final). The top four teams from WTT’s regular season standings will advance to the WTT Playoffs. This season, WTT has increased its prize money to a record $5 million and an added $1,000,000 awarded in WTT Playoffs compensation, including a $500,000 bonus to the team hoisting the King Trophy on Aug. 2.
  • WTT Teams: WTT’s nine franchises include the expansion Chicago Smash, New York Empire, Orange County (Calif.) Breakers, Orlando Storm, Philadelphia Freedoms, San Diego Aviators, 2018 and 2019 WTT champion Springfield (Mo.) Lasers, Vegas Rollers and Washington (D.C.) Kastles.