World TeamTennis is altering two key policies associated to players who check optimistic for COVID-19, together with giving full salaries — as an alternative of its unique plan to solely provide a prorated portion — to those that get sick throughout the three-week season.
WTT CEO Carlos Silva advised The Related Press in a phone interview Wednesday that he additionally deliberate to inform members he was adjusting a rule that will have pulled somebody out of the league with no pay for testing optimistic upon arrival on the West Virginia resort internet hosting all matches from July 12 to Aug. 2.
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Now, players will should be examined and declared virus-free earlier than heading to The Greenbrier. They nonetheless wouldn’t be paid in the event that they check optimistic, however not less than would keep away from going to the location earlier than being advised they’re not allowed to take part.
“In some ways, it alleviates a little bit that feeling of, ‘I came over the stream and through the mountains … and tested positive and now I’m out of work,’” Silva stated. “If you’re in California, and get a negative test, then you’re going to come to The Greenbrier. We will know before anyone comes to play that they will have a negative test.”
The WTT’s initial health protocols have been launched Tuesday. That preliminary plan stated folks testing optimistic as soon as competitors has began could be faraway from the league, quarantined and compensated solely for matches already accomplished.
“I just thought about it, and I was like: I’m a player, I got to Greenbrier and I’m there for eight days and, God forbid, someone gets sick and tests positive. Is it really the player’s fault? Should they only get paid for eight days?” Silva told the AP. “And I just said, ‘No, I think that’s silly. They should just get paid whatever they were going to get paid for the regular season.’”
The identical full-pay coverage applies to players who get injured throughout WTT.
There shall be two each day temperature checks for all spectators; no ball children; a chair umpire aided by digital line calling as an alternative of line judges; and no high-fives or handshakes between opponents.
Rosters embrace Grand Slam title winners Kim Clijsters, Sloane Stephens, Sofia Kenin and the Bryan brothers.
As an alternative of enjoying matches across the nation this yr, the WTT is placing everybody in a single place due to the coronavirus pandemic.