Saturday, May 16, 2020

Playing Tennis Safely; Another NCAA Name, Image, Likeness Projection (Without Any Tennis Players); More on This Weekend's Private Court Event in SoCal

Tennis is resuming in most locales now, but with many precautions necessary to play safely during this Covid-19 pandemic.

When I was looking at the USTA Hawaii section's website, I ran across the graphic above, which is a much more interesting format for displaying these suggestions than lines and lines of text. It would be great if  something like this could be posted on big sandwich boards outside every court complex, although I understand what a massive undertaking that would be.

Last month I posted an article on a study by Navigate Research that estimated what some student-athletes could make once they are allowed to profit from their Name, Image and Likeness. It caught my attention particularly because a Cleveland State women's tennis player was on the list, based primarily on the number of her Instagram followers.

An article released yesterday on the data journalism site FiveThirtyEight.com does its own research, but it is confined to just 18 athletes in nine college sports, none of which is tennis or gymnastics. Gymnastics had huge representation in the previous article, but even without it, student-athletes in women's sports do well, with the top earner and two of the top four. Women's basketball incoming freshman Paige Bueckers of UConn has the highest earning projection: $670,783.00.

The article detailing how these numbers were arrived at is here.

Play began and is continuing today at Home-Court Advantage, the event on a private clay court in Southern California featuring Sam Querrey, Bradley Klahn, Zachary Svajda, Brandon Holt, Marcos Giron and Ernesto Escobedo. Cale Hammond is there covering the event for tennis.com, and he provided this report about the first round robin series, in which Holt, Giron and Escobedo all went 1-1, with Giron and Escobedo advancing to Sunday's semifinals. As I anticipated the format is Fast 4.

Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times wrote an article about the tournament, and she also spoke with UTR's Stephen Amritraj about their Pro Match Series last weekend and next weekend. In addition, Elliott talked with USTA head of Pro Tennis Stacey Allaster, and Allaster's remarks about these re-opening events and how they could inform the upcoming US Open do provide some optimism.


Boca Tennis Mom said...

The prevention steps make sense with the exception of not changing ends of the court. Common sense would say players could still easily change ends of the court and not come anywhere near each other. Makes no sense not to change ends so both players have equal time with sun in their eyes and other factors.