Dear San Antonio Tennis Community:
We, the Board of Directors and staff of SATA, hope that all of you, your families and friends are safe, wearing your masks and maintaining appropriate social distance to stay healthy and COVID-19 virus free during this unprecedented pandemic. All of us unfortunately have a family member or friend who has come down with the virus and now know how physically and emotionally damaging this disease can be.
I wish this message was to tell you that tennis in San Antonio is restarting and our leagues, tournaments and programs will be up and running soon. However that is not our situation and tennis activities remain banned to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus for the time being. At the direction of the city we have also had to close our office at McFarlin.
This is a particularly vexing ban to us as we know that tennis is being played in areas outside of the major metropolitan areas in Texas.
As you all can imagine, along with what is happening in your individual lives, SATA is struggling to maintain meaningful operations and retain staff while there is no revenue generating tennis activity being allowed to take place in San Antonio. On a positive note, SATA was successful in obtaining a Payroll Protection Plan loan to allow it to keep staff on its payroll through June 30. Consequently all SATA staff are available through email to answer your questions about SATA’s pending and future activities through June 30. We all hope that tennis will re-start even if in limited form or phases by early June.
That being said, we continue to close out, delay or cancel SATA leagues, tournament and programs as we wait for USTA and governmental clearances to re-start. As a non-profit, we ask that players who may become eligible for refunds of league, tournament or program fees consider making the refunds a donation to SATA.
As we have been doing since the USTA shut down our activities, the Board of Director and the SATA staff will continue to monitor the situation and report on our website any changes or new rules that impact future tennis play. We will also do our best to be prepared to restart our tennis leagues, tournaments and programs as quickly and efficiently as possible in the circumstances.
Again the most important effort now is for all of us to protect ourselves and each other and stay safe and healthy so we can all get back out on the tennis court as soon as we can.
Take care and see you on the court soonest!