Safety Protocols

Players and their guests are required to provide proof to the Orange Bowl Tournament team that they have taken a PCR test.  No one will be permitted on-site without a negative PCR test result.  In the case that a player arrives at Frank Veltri for sign-in and has not yet received their negative PCR test result, the player shall sign-in remotely by phone at (786) 578-4912 and may practice off-site (please view additional facilities here).

If players and guests are experiencing long wait times for the PCR test result, we recommend that they also get a rapid antigen test while they await their PCR test results.

Due to the difficulty in obtaining PCR test results in a timely fashion, we now are accepting a negative rapid antigen test along with proof that a participant is awaiting PCR test results.

ITF Return to Tennis Protocols

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Covid-19 Testing requirement for Orange Bowl

Due to the current increase of COVID-19 across the globe, the Orange Bowl tournament will now require that all participants provide proof of a negative COVID test result before they are admitted to the tournament site.  Participants include players, coaches, guests, support personnel, officials, tournament staff, contractors and any other individual deemed part of the event.  The requirement for COVID-19 testing prior to arrival on-site is for the safety of all participants. 

A PCR test is the only type of Covid-19 results that are accepted. Rapid Antigen test results will not be accepted.

At-home PCR tests, like the following, may be a good option for those unable to receive results in 96 hours: https://empowerdxlab.com/nasal-test/

The COVID-19 test should be taken no earlier than 96 hours (4 days) of arrival on-site. Your negative test result must be available to you prior to being permitted on-site. No one will be permitted on-site without documentation of their negative COVID-19 test result.  For players and their guests, the arrival date is the date of sign-in as follows:

  • 16’s Qualifying December 3 - Test date no earlier than November 29

  • 18’s Qualifying December 4 - Test date no earlier than November 30

  • 16s Main Draw December 5 - Test date no earlier than December 1

  • 18s Main Draw December 6 - Test date no earlier than December 2

If you need to get a test while in Plantation, a list of testing sites can be found below. Please review the requirements of the testing site in advance to determine if you need an appointment along with any other requirements of the testing site. 

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 between the dates of September 4 and November 23, and are no longer experiencing symptoms, please provide those test results to the Covid-19 officer upon arrival at Frank Veltri Tennis Center.

Proof of a negative COVID-19 test result must be presented to Tournament staff upon your arrival on-site. In addition, guests of players will be required to indicate the name of who they are the guest of at the time of submitting their negative test results. Players will be required to confirm the name of their guest when they arrive at the tournament, and access to the tournament site will not be permitted without confirmation. 

If a test result is positive for the COVID-19 virus, the player shall withdraw from the tournament and notify the ITF of their test result as per the ITF Return to Tennis Protocols. In addition, the individual with a positive COVID-19 test result will be required to quarantine in their location in accordance with CDC guidelines.  The tournament physician will be in direct contact with you regarding quarantine requirements and related medical needs, if any, as well as contact tracing requirements.
 

Physical Distancing

  • Face masks are required at ALL TIMES (except when actively playing tennis)

  • Do not congregate in groups and keep a minimum of 6-ft (2 meters) distance


Tournament site access and daily health screening

  • everyone accessing the tournament site is required to have their temperature checked and to answer a health questionnaire

  • a player may only designate one person as their "plus one" for the entirety of the tournament

  • players will not be permitted to access the site after they are eliminated from the tournament


Tournament shuttle/transportation

  • eating and drinking on the shuttle is NOT permitted

  • face masks are required at all times

  • please load into the shuttle from the back towards the front


Dining on-site

  • meals shall only be eaten in designated dining areas 

  • masks can only be removed if eating or drinking

  • only 2 people are permitted to sit at each table


Hotel

  • tournament participants shall NOT congregate in hotel common areas

  • do not enter a hotel room that is not your own

  • masks shall be worn at all time except when in your hotel room

  • use the stairs when possible instead of the elevator


Close contact

  • The CDC has updated what it means to be in "close contact" with someone.  It is now defined as being within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic people, 2 days prior to the time a COVID-19 test was taken) until the time the COVID positive person is isolated.  This is regardless of whether you are wearing a mask.  Here is a link to the CDC website with additional information regarding exposure/close contact.

USTA Daily Screening Questionaire

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ITF Return to Tennis Declaration

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Orange Bowl Covid Officer

George Moreira, moreira@usta.com

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: If a Qualifying player advances into the Main Draw, do they need to get tested again?
A: No, a player (and their guest) only needs to show evidence of their negative covid-19 test one time when they first arrive at Frank Veltri Tennis Center. 

Q: I am coming a couple of days early to practice at Frank Veltri Tennis Center. When should I get my test done?
A: Players (and their guest) shall plan to get a test within 96 hours of their day of arrival on-site. For example, an 18s Main Draw player who is arriving on site to practice on December 3rd should get their covid-19 test taken no earlier than November 29. 

Q: What if I do not receive my test results before sign-in?
A: Players and their guests are required to provide proof to the Orange Bowl Tournament team that they have taken a PCR test.  No one will be permitted on-site without a negative PCR test result.  In the case that a player arrives at Frank Veltri for sign-in and has not yet received their negative PCR test result, the player shall sign-in remotely (by calling (786) 578-4912) and may practice off-site. If players and guests are experiencing long wait times for the PCR test result, we recommend that they also get a rapid antigen test while they await their PCR test results.

Q: What types of tests are acceptable?
A: The PCR and the RT-PCR molecular tests are the only test type that will be acceptable. The most common type of rapid test available is called the antigen test - those will NOT be accepted. 

 

Public Testing Sites Closest to Veltri Tennis Center:

Baptist Health Urgent Care

1228 South Pine Island Road
Plantation, FL 33324

Lauderhill Sportspark

7500 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Lauderhill, FL, 33313.  

Open 9 am-5 pm, 7 days a week.


Central Broward Regional Park

3700 NW 11th Place, Lauderhill, FL, 33311

Open 8 am- 4 pm, Monday - Friday only. 


Dillard High School

2501 NW 11th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33311

Open 8 am - 6 pm, 7 days a week

Website: https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/

Email: COVID-19@flhealth.gov

Doubles Guidelines

Players should avoid...

  • talking into their hands while holding tennis balls.

  • high fives and fist bumps.

  • talking to a partner in "close quarters"

Instead, players should try to...

  • use hand signals to communicate between points

  • lightly tap rackets (instead of high five)

  • maintain distance while talking in between points.

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