Capital Tennis Association 

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Dear members,

After much thoughtful discussion and deliberation, the Board has decided to suspend winter and spring league play for the next two weeks, through Sunday, March 29.  For those players scheduled to play and are impacted by this decision, we apologize for the inconvenience and will follow-up with you soon once we've finalized our plan for impacted players.  For now, this two-week suspension will be temporary, and unless the Board decides further cancellations are necessary, winter and spring league play will resume as scheduled on Saturday, April 4.  (Please read through to the end of this email for updates on other upcoming CTA programs.)

We are taking this action, as always, with the health and safety of our members in mind.  Over the past week, disruptions to our normal daily lives have dramatically increased in response to the threats posed by the Coronavirus.  More and more, public health officials have urged the public to take extra steps to avoid transmitting the virus, including avoiding group gatherings.  While not all of the tennis facilities that we play at have suspended operations (though Hains Point and Rock Creek just recently announced that they will be closing starting tonight through the end of March), the Board believes that the course of action that best aligns with the strong advice of our public health officials is to temporarily pause our role as organizers of group tennis play.

We don't take this action lightly, as we realize the important role tennis plays in our members' lives as fellow tennis enthusiasts, and the fact that being able to play tennis can be a welcome outlet during these stressful times.  But we would be doing a disservice to our community if we did not join with other community leaders to echo the strong advice of our public health officials against organizing and attending group events.  

Again, this two-week pause will be temporary as we and the community at large get a better sense of the nature of the situation at hand and what additional steps need to be taken.  In the meantime, the Board will continue to discuss what further actions to take once the two-week suspension is up, and we will advise everyone accordingly (continue to monitor your email and our website for updates).  We will try to maintain as much certainty in our league schedules as we can, but please bear with us as we respond accordingly to events as they develop. 

As for other upcoming CTA programs, here are some updates as of now with the general caveat that things may change:

  • Our annual Spring Social, originally planned for April 25, has been postponed until further notice.  The host for this event, the Arlington YMCA, has cancelled group events at their facility through Memorial Day.  We will keep you posted on the future status of this event.
  • At this time, we will continue planning for the Earth Day Volunteer Invitational Tournament (April 18) and the In-House Tournaments (May 8-10 and June 5-7) as scheduled.  However, be advised that we will continue to assess this plan over the next two weeks and will let you know of any changes accordingly.
  • We are also continuing to plan for summer leagues and opening up registration in the coming month.  Stay tuned.

We thank you for your patience and understanding as we deal with this ever-changing situation.  Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, concerns, suggestions, or need further guidance.  And please stay safe everyone.

Take care,

Isidro Mariscal
Capital Tennis Association, President |

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