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Tennis, a social distancing sport?




QUEENS, New York — As New York City braces for a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic . New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo in a statement expressed his view on tennis and the May 15th re-opening of various regions in New York State, “certain low-risk business and recreational activities will be ready to reopen statewide on May 15th, including landscaping and gardening; outdoor, low-risk recreational activities such as tennis; and drive-in movie theaters.

Tennis players especially in New York City have been fighting for a place to play since the pandemic. George Tac-an a retiree is not worried at all, “tennis is a non-contact sport, it is played far apart more than 6 feet apart, even. All New York City parks are open but why not tennis. At the same time the Mayor and Governor are encouraging New Yorkers to go out to the parks”.


Governor Cuomo during his daily CoronaVirus press briefings at Rochester Regional Health Center Photo by: Flickr/NYS Governor’s Press Office

The United States Tennis Association backs the idea to getting out there to play, “The USTA recognizes that the coronavirus has been affecting different parts of the country in different ways and with different timing. We therefore believe it will be possible for people to return to playing tennis safely in some cities and states sooner than others.

The USTA released guidelines educating players how to safely play and recommendations:

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Geo is a post-masters degree graduate from Wagner College, practicing in the medical field in New York; on his off time he loves tennis and singing.