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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Dear STMS members:
I am happy to serve as president of STMS and hope myself and the Board of STMS can continue to progress our society as all those that have served before us. I want to thank Neeru Jayanthi, MD for his leadership as President over the last 4 years. He has done an amazing job. As a result of his efforts, our society is in good financial status, we have had multiple excellent conferences, publications and our membership has grown. We started the year with North American Regional STMS Conference in February in Hilton Head in partnership with PTR. Unfortunately, our World Congress of Tennis Medicine and Science that was scheduled for the end of April 2020 in Tokyo was postponed until 2021 due to COVID-19.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) as you know has become a pandemic. This virus has caused significant mortality in our countries and we are still not sure what the future brings. For the safety of our various country’s citizens, many tournaments have been cancelled, both professional and amateur. The Tokyo Olympics have been postponed until  2021. The Modern Olympics have only been cancelled 3 times, once during World War I (1916) and twice during World War II (1940 and 1944). COVID-19 has caused people that normally are using tennis to exercise to find other ways to exercise individually and at a safe distance from others. I am sure that many amateur tennis players are missing not just the physical activity and competition but also the very social aspect of the game. It brings friends together to enjoy this activity. However, we are in unchartered times with a pandemic the likes of which we have not seen in over 100 years. It is important that all of us stay safe and encourage our family members, friends, colleagues, patients, clients, tennis players to practice the recommendations of the World Health Organization, their country’s public health and government officials.

I have no doubt that tennis will return stronger than ever after this pandemic is under control.
Respectfully,
Walter Taylor, MD.


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