Playing tennis might not be a good idea in these critical times, says the United States Tennis Association (USTA) , a group typically busy encouraging more to take up the sport.
The association spoke against the background of the increasing negative impact of the corona virus ravaging ravaging many nations.
“Based on the recommendations of the USTA 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 we love.
“Although there are no specific studies on tennis and COVID-19, medical advisors 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,” the association said in a statement on Friday
The governing body encouraged everyone to stay active and healthy with at-home exercise and creative “tennis-at-home” variations.