New York, NY (August 31, 2020) COVID-19 has caused the delay and cancellation of many professional sports and their seasons this year. Fortunately, the 2020 US Open Tennis Championships has pressed forward thanks to prevention strategies to decrease the risk for transmission of COVID-19 from a team of infectious disease experts, orthopedic surgeons, sports medicine physicians and musculosketal radiologists at Mount Sinai Health System who have collectively helped create a comprehensive health plan to guide athletes in safely playing at this year’s tournament. Mount Sinai will serve as the official medical services provider for the eighth consecutive year at the tournament, which begins on Monday, August 31, and run through Sunday, September 13. The Mount Sinai team is providing around the clock care for athletes onsite at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Grounds in Flushing, New York. Through the relationship with the United States Tennis Association (USTA), Mount Sinai also treated athletes during the 2020 Western & Southern Open, a tournament usually held in Cincinnati that was relocated this year to New York in order to limit player travel and minimize risk of infection.
As Chief Medical Officer of the US Open Alexis Chiang Colvin, MD, Professor in the Leni and Peter W. May Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and team physician for the U.S. Fed Cup Team, will lead care for the athletes during the US Open.. Due to unprecedented times during the COVID-19 pandemic, the championship games are moving forward without on-site spectators for the first time ever.
“I’m proud to lead a team of Mount Sinai physicians who are not only sports medicine specialists, but many of whom also served on the frontlines of the pandemic,” said Dr. Colvin. “Mount Sinai’s team of multidisciplinary sports medicine experts look forward to continuing the tradition of providing exceptional care for professional athletes during the tournament.”
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In addition to orthopedic, radiology, dermatology, acupuncture and sports medicine services, Mount Sinai physicians are providing guidance to the USTA on infection control in efforts to create a safe and physically-distant environment for players and staff. Mount Sinai is providing COVID-19 testing for USTA employees traveling from out of state.
“A herculean effort has been put in by everyone involved to create the controlled environment for all the athletes and their support teams. The first requirement was for the New York Region to be in phase 4 of reopening and so the residents of New York helped in making this possible. We also are grateful to all the public health officials who have assisted and advised us on our protocols,” said Bernard Camins, MD, Medical Director of Infection Prevention, Mount Sinai Health System; and Professor of Medicine (Infectious Disease), Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “The USTA staff has accomplished an incredible feat in just a few months. Being an avid tennis fan, I am very grateful for the opportunity to work with such an outstanding organization.”