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Coronavirus - BNP Paribas Open
2020 BNP PARIBAS OPEN – STATEMENT REGARDING CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
March 6, 2020


Following the direction and guidance of Dr. David Agus, Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Southern California, and Martin Massiello, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Eisenhower Health, the BNP Paribas Open is taking action to continue prioritizing the health and safety of the fans, athletes, and everyone involved with the tournament.

First and foremost, any patron that has purchased tickets directly from the tournament may request a refund for the 2020 tournament, or a credit for the 2021 tournament. Patrons can click the button below to request a refund or credit.

Additional actions include:

  • More than 250 hand sanitizing stations have been placed throughout the facility
  • Players will be required to manage their own towel on court and ball kids will not touch or move player towels. A chair will be placed at the back of the court for them to place their towel on for usage during the match.
  • Ball kids will wear gloves
  • Restaurant and food supply workers will wear gloves
  • Volunteers taking tickets at entrances will wear gloves
  • N95 masks are being secured for first aid and health personnel to be prepared for any circumstances that would necessitate the use thereof
  • Organized player and fan interaction will be limited at the tournament
  • All common areas throughout the facility will be cleaned daily with an antiviral application
  • Coordinating with local hospital and CDC approved testing for all individuals with symptoms
Further actions are being considered and evaluated on a daily basis in order to continue to ensure the safety of everyone associated with the event. The 2020 BNP Paribas Open is scheduled to proceed as planned.


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Tennis players at the BNP Paribas Open that starts next week will have to manage their own towels on court and ball kids will wear gloves while working matches at the combined men’s and women’s tournament in the Southern California desert.
The measures were announced Friday by tournament organizers, who are offering fans uneasy about the coronavirus a refund for this year’s event or a credit for next year. The event runs March 11-22.
A chair will be placed at the back of the court for players to place their towels for use during matches. Ball kids won’t be allowed to touch or move player towels.
 

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Yes, this will slow guys like RAFA and Monfils down even more. They sweat a lot. Will the umpire give them extra time?

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Yes, this will slow guys like RAFA and Monfils down even more. They sweat a lot. Will the umpire give them extra time?

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Why should they be given more time? And they don't really sweat more than others, 25 seconds is enough.

They should just do the the towel rack from nextgen tournament, permanently.

Can you post the article? It's behind a paywall.
 

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Why should they be given more time? And they don't really sweat more than others, 25 seconds is enough.

They should just do the the towel rack from nextgen tournament, permanently.

Can you post the article? It's behind a paywall.
Tennis players at the BNP Paribas Open that starts next week will have to manage their own towels on court and ball kids will wear gloves while working matches at the combined men’s and women’s tournament in the Southern California desert.
The measures were announced Friday by tournament organizers, who are offering fans uneasy about the coronavirus a refund for this year’s event or a credit for next year. The event runs March 11-22.
A chair will be placed at the back of the court for players to place their towels for use during matches. Ball kids won’t be allowed to touch or move player towels.
Organized player and fan interaction will also be limited at the tournament, which is informally referred to as the fifth Grand Slam because of its popularity with players and fans, many of whom come from overseas. The event typically draws upwards of 450,000 during its two-week run.
This year’s field includes Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka and Coco Gauff.
Organizers “remain very positive” about this year’s event, said Matt Van Tuinen, a tournament spokesman.
Other precautions include over 250 hand sanitizing stations set up throughout the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
Besides ball kids, restaurant and food supply workers will wear gloves as will volunteers handling tickets at entrances.
First aid and health workers will have access to masks if necessary and all common areas throughout the facility will be cleaned daily with an antiviral application.
Tournament organizers will coordinate with local hospitals and there will be Centers for Disease Control-approved testing for anyone with symptoms of coronavirus. They are following guidelines by Eisenhower Medical Center, the Riverside County Health Department and the CDC.
Organizers said further actions are being considered and will be evaluated daily to ensure the safety of players and fans.
 

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Hopefully it's expanded to all tournaments and made permanent. This just highlights why it shouldn't have been a thing to begin with.
 

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Bout time this happened. Ball boys shouldn’t have to hold those nasty ass sweaty towels. Absolutely disgusting they had to in the first place.
 

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They should give them "pet grooming" gloves.

Wearing gloves is no good if you're going to touch your eye or face with the glove on AFTER handling the tennis ball (which was handled by a sweaty player). That's no better than doing those things with your bare hands. The virus is on the surface of the glove.

A thin latex or rubber glove is so light, you forget you have it on. And they're tight and hard to take on and off quickly.

But if you use this thick, clumsy glove, it will remind the ballkids that they have a glove on and to quickly pull it off before touching their face or wiping dust out of their eye. The bumps and nubs on the fingers will make it uncomfortable to try to touch your eye, so you remember to take them off first.

And a couple of ballkids could hand the player a towel using an extendable scissor arm:


These things exist in all sizes -- film crews use giant robotic ones for cameras, but something that elaborate wouldn't be needed here.
 
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I would like players themselves to take towels.I remember there was an idea to put a hanger for the towels on the court.
But then ATP should remove their stupid 25 sec time rule...So there is no escape:D
 
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Don't get all the fuss honestly.
Handling the players' towels is literally the one job all the ball kids fight over for.
I remember when Ana Ivanovic was on-court some years ago, our squad ended up having to play rock-paper-scissors to decide who got to deliver her towel.
Well someone like Ivanovic is an exception ? but most people don’t wanna hold sweaty towels.
 

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Question is: will the players throw towels/ wristbands/ headbands into the stands now? Will people pick it up? Imagine Nadal or Djokovic doing it...
 

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Ball kids should never have been subjected to touching gross, sweaty towels in the first place. It's not like they are being paid to wipe up a player's germs. ?
 

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This is just like people suddenly using handsoap and washing hands all the time. Why did they not do this until now? If it is not hygienic to handle player towels now, was it hygienic before? This should have ALWAYS been the case.
 

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Very important changes. Not just because the average Indian Wells spectator is approximately 150 years old, but also because athletes in general belong to the unhealthiest and weakest humans beings on earth judging by the amount of medicine the have to take.
 

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Yeah,good!
This is just like people suddenly using handsoap and washing hands all the time. Why did they not do this until now? If it is not hygienic to handle player towels now, was it hygienic before? This should have ALWAYS been the case.
this.
But then atp should remove 25 sec rule...
 

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Hopefully this is the end of ball-kids running around like the players' slaves and fetching their towels. The players can get their own towels from now on, just like normal people do
 

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Next level: Ball boys, umpire and tennis players to wear toxic masks on the court
Will all these new safety measures at the ATP's disposal perhaps also radioactivity will pose less of a threat in future and the inaugaral Pripyat Open can be held sometime in the 2020's.
 
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