Tennis: ATP, WTA announce measures aimed to limit coronavirus spread

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    LOS ANGELES — The ATP and WTA announced measures aimed at combatting the spread of deadly coronavirus on Saturday, days before the start of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, California.

    “As the outbreak of COVID-19 continues to cause concern on a global scale, the ATP and WTA have jointly announced a series of precautionary health measures that will be implemented on-site at upcoming events including the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, the Miami Open presented by Itau and WTA’s Volvo Car Open in Charleston,” a joint statement from the men’s and women’s tours said.

    Under the new measures, players and mascots won’t hold hands when they walk on court. Ball kids at the tournaments will be provided with gloves and won’t handle player towels or drinks during matches.

    Players will be instructed not to distribute used towels, headbands, shirts and sweatbands — which are sometimes tossed to fans as souvenirs.

    Players also won’t accept pens, tennis balls or other items to be signed.

    Source : ABS-CBN

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