June is upon us and we are in week two of Phase 2 of lifting COVID-19 restrictions. The NC Dept of Health and Human Services has identified tennis as one of the acceptable sports to begin engaging in within the context of the pandemic. We recently posted the USTA recommendations for Playing Tennis Safely at our local tennis courts.
RCTA is grateful to have Shelby Rhyne at the helm. She continues to show wisdom and excellence in collaboration as initial discussions begin to reintroduce programs with local community tennis partners. I am personally thankful for the opportunity my daughter, Anna, has to work with Shelby this summer as they formulate plans for this summer's NJTL program.
Tennis has long been considered a “polite” sport. It’s one of the reasons I love it and why our family plays it. Players are expected to be courteous to their opponents and respectful of officials. It allowed us to teach our daughters about fairness, honesty, and good sportsmanship. It’s not surprising that tennis made the list of acceptable sports for such a time as this. Remember this as you return to play in a manner that is healthy and fun. We are truly in this together.
President, RCTA Board of Directors