How World TeamTennis was in a position to get Venus Williams, Bryan Brothers, others on court docket amid coronavirus pandemic

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The coronavirus pandemic has halted sports activities all through the world, and slowly leagues are discovering methods to come back again, although some are returning with extra ease than others. World TeamTennis has been in a position to return safely because of new well being protocols and dedication to the plan from the athletes.

The staff event is happening at The Greenbrier “America’s Resort” in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia although Aug. 2, and you’ll watch the event on CBS Sports activities. WTT is seeing success with their event and lots of the taking part gamers say it was straightforward to determine to play from what they noticed concerning the protection plan.

Of the 245 exams onsite of WTT gamers, coaches and employees, all have come again adverse to this point.

CBS Sports activities spoke to seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams, legendary doubles staff Bob and Mike Bryan and two-time NCAA singles champion Danielle Collins concerning the return to tennis and their emotions on the event’s well being and security protocols.

Williams is able to get again to tennis, saying, “I am excited to lastly be again on the court docket. It was good with the ability to spend time at residence, which throughout a typical yr is tremendous uncommon for me.”

The others echoed the identical ideas, saying they had been itching to get again work and felt fortunate to be given the chance to do it with WTT, who they felt have made the return secure.

“They’ve gone above and past. All of the gamers are required to put on masks anyplace across the grounds besides of their lodge room and on the court docket,” Bob Bryan mentioned. “There’s hand sanitizing machines at each elevator, each door… Simply listening to about all these particulars made us really feel very safe.”

WTT detailed their well being and security protocols outlining that gamers should quarantine for 14 days within the U.S. after arriving and “should produce a adverse check earlier than coming into the grounds.”

In addition they wrote, “No high-fives or handshakes will happen between opponents. All gamers might be socially distanced not less than six ft aside and might be required to put on a face masking/masks whereas on the sidelines.”

Bob Bryan says the gamers have been abiding by the foundations, which has helped guarantee everybody’s security.

Testing is a significant factor that made Collins, who’s immunocompromised, really feel secure.

“That is actually unimaginable that World TeamTennis has determined to proceed ahead with the event, and it simply reveals their dedication, supporting gamers and permitting us to compete. That is what we like to do,” she mentioned.

Enjoying throughout a pandemic comes with apparent apprehension from athletes throughout sports activities, however Collins says she was able to get again and WTT made her really feel comfy committing to play.

“That is the way in which it going to be for some time. We’re a protracted methods from a vaccination. And we’re gonna should make changes and sacrifices so as to have the ability to go on the court docket,” Collins mentioned. “And if meaning getting examined a number of instances per week, if meaning bringing much less staff members together with you if you journey, I believe the vital factor is with the ability to resume again to work and to have the ability to compete and do what to do what we do for a dwelling.”

The gamers have additionally carried out lots themselves to make sure they’d be wholesome and able to go for when the return occurred. Collins has been quarantining, purchased her personal health club gear so she may practice at residence and drove herself to the event to keep away from getting on a aircraft. The Bryan brothers have been doing the identical, ensuring they’re solely with their speedy households and never going out, even to grocery shops.

Bob is simply hoping that the adverse COVID-19 outcomes proceed to allow them to end out the remainder of the event.

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