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Playing Tennis Safely during COVID-19

Common Sense tips on playing safely amid coronavirus crisis

Tennis is the safest sport you can play during this time.  You are 75+ feet away from one another most of the time, you are outside (not in an enclosed space where the virus can incubate) and you are improving your immune system with exposure to sunlight and exercise.  That makes it healthier than staying at home enclosed in your house, and safer than going shopping at the grocery store.

 

Basic precautions that should be enough:

  • Position your belongings (tennis bag, water, etc) more than 6 fee away from your opponents belongings.
  • Stay 6 feet or more away from your opponent when changing sides of the court
  • Do not touch your face after handling the tennis ball.  Wipe the sweat off your face by using your shirt sleeve.
  • Bring hand sanitizer.  You can clean your hands on changeovers.
  • Avoid picking up the balls when possible.  You can pick them up with your racquet or foot - see this humorous but helpful video
  • Avoid shaking hands after match.

 

Advanced Precautions that can give you and your opponent added peace of mind 

  • You and your opponent can each bring your own can of balls, which likely will be numbered differently (e.g. Wilson 1,2,3,4).  You serve with your can of balls, and your opponent serves with hers/his.  If your opponent's ball lands on your side of the net, you can bump it over to his/her side with your foot or racquet.  This way you never have to touch the same balls.
  • Wear a glove on the hand you toss with for your serve.
  • Wear a mask.  You never need to be within 6 feet of each other since most of the time you will be 75+ feet away from each other.  But you can take this extra precaution in case you happen to be closer than intended to your opponent on a changeover.

See your UTR Rating now when you login!


A Brand New Way to Measure Your Progress and Track the Level of Players Throughout the League!

Gladiator Tennis just jumped into the forefront of tennis by teaming up with UTR. All Gladiator Tennis scores, retroactive to 2019, are entered into the UTR Rating system. Gladiator is now the only league in the midwest that actually posts and ranks each player's UTR on its own website. USTA scores are also recorded into UTR, but you cannot go onto the USTA website to see a player's UTR. However, you can do this on our own Gladiator Tennis website, starting NOW! In 2021, we will also begin categorizing all players according to UTR, rather than by the NTRP skill levels (2.5 to 5.0).

 

What is UTR?  

Click this link to get an introduction to what UTR is:  What is UTR?  

Click this link to see how UTR works:  How does UTR work?

 

Your current UTR is based on scores from 2019 to present

 
  • In singles play, scores will be sent to UTR weekly, after each Score Reporting Deadline.
 
  • Your UTR will go up or down depending on your scores, and depending on how strong your opponent is.
 
  • You can view your current UTR right now when you login to www.gladiatortennis.com. It is located right under your name. 
 
  • Click the "UTR Profile" link to see your profile on the UTR website.
 
  • You and all Gladiators are now in the same rating system as all the pros - Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, Serena, Osaka..., and You!

-- Novak Djokovic 16.13
-- Sofia Kenin (Australian Open champ) 13.28
-- Scott Robinson (2019 Gladiator Playoff Champion - 5.0 Draw) 8.40
-- Abigail Emerson (2019 Gladiator Playoff Champion - 4.0 Draw) 4.67

 

See everyone else's UTR in the league

1. Login to www.gladiatortennis.com
2. Click the "Playoffs" link at the top of the page.
3. Select the year 2019 from the dropdown menu, then select the skill level. You will see the Playoff Points list, with the UTR for every player. We will have 2020 players listed as soon as we begin the Spring Singles season.
4. You can also enter anyone's name into the "Player Search" link and their UTR will appear on their profile - see pic below.

Check out our 2019 Singles champions, plus what's ahead in 2020!


Happy New Year!  Take a moment to check out our 13 champions of 2019 by going to the Champions Page

Here's what you can look forward to it 2020:

  • Indoor Doubles & Mixed Doubles:  5 matches in 15 weeks, starting January 9th.
  • Indoor Season Singles #2: 5 matches in 10 weeks, starting January 28th.
  • UTR Rating for all Gladiators - All Gladiator Scores of 2019 and 2020 and beyond are entered into the UTR Rating system.
  • Spring Season Singles - begins April 21st.  We're expecting an all time high turnout!
  • Spring Doubles & Mixed Doubles:  Begins in May.

Go to the Registration Page to sign up for any of the above