World TeamTennis players testing positive for COVID lose pay
A World Team Tennis player or trainer who has tested positive for COVID-19 on arrival for the three-week 2020 season will be removed from the league without payment.
Someone who tested positive after the competition started would fail for the rest of the season, but would still be compensated proportionately.
The health plan published by WTT on Tuesday for its July 12 games at The Greenbrier in West Virginia also includes two daily temperature controls for all viewers. no ball children; a chair umpire assisted by electronic phone calls instead of line judges; and no high fives or handshakes between opponents.
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The rosters announced for the nine WTT teams include Grand Slam title winners Kim Clijsters, Sloane Stephens, Sofia Kenin and the Bryan brothers.
Instead of playing games across the country this year, the league is bringing everyone to one place because of the coronavirus pandemic.
As with many sports, tennis tours have been interrupted since March and no competition is planned until the end of July.
However, WTT does not offer ATP or WTA ranking points, so it can become self-employed - just like at several exhibition events that have arisen around the world in the past few weeks.
And unlike the US Open Grand Slam tournament, where the New York government kicked off fans in Flushing Meadows on Tuesday from August onwards, WTT has announced it will allow up to 500 spectators a day to play games in an arena of 3,000 outdoors Squares.
Fans will be refused entry if they have a temperature of 38 degrees Celsius or more, if they are checked before entering the site and again before entering a square.
Players, coaches and staff will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival at the resort, where all league matches are played, and will remain in quarantine until the result is known.
They are also subjected to daily temperature tests.
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