Tucson Parks and Recreation has added tennis facilities to the list of temporarily closed amenities, which already includes ramadas, gazebos, playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment, courts for basketball, bocce, and volleyball, as well as horseshoe pits and splash pads.
The tennis closures will begin Wednesday, April 8, and remain in effect through April 30, or until the determination can be made that the reopening of these facilities and amenities will not further risk public health and safety. This decision was made based on the recommendations of the USTA (United States Tennis Association) COVID-19 Advisory Group. The USTA believes that it is in the best interest of society to take a collective pause from playing the sport.
Although there are no specific studies on tennis and COVID-19, medical advisers believe there is the possibility that the virus responsible for COVID-19 could be transmitted through common sharing and handling of tennis balls, gate handles, benches, net posts, and even court surfaces.