Can you get Coronavirus from Playing Tennis? (COVID-19)

Can you get Coronavirus from Playing Tennis? (COVID-19)

Can you get Coronavirus/COVID-19 from playing tennis? Kick their balls and don’t let tennis balls touch as said by Laura Curran. She’s correct. We (USTA 4.5 / NTRP 4.5 players) conduct a non-scientific experiment using a visual aid to see if it is possible for bacteria and viruses to transfer from infected player to tennis ball to opponent. PLEASE keep in mind we are not doctors, physicians, or scientists. ALWAYS follow the latest advice of the CDC, USTA, ITF, etc. as well as your own health care professionals to best keep yourself and others safe.
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Video Conclusion @ 5:46 – shows where Glo Germ (visual aid) transferred from “infected player’s” hands.
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  1. Ken Cur on May 21, 2021 at 1:44 am

    Hi. I was playing tennis earlier last week with an opponent who kept sneezing. At one point I realized that we were actually using white tennis balls and that the ball was only green because he had been wiping his nose with it after each sneeze. I handled these balls without wearing gloves.

    Am I running the risk of catching anything?

  2. PURE TENNIS sense on May 21, 2021 at 1:48 am

    Is it possible to hit a forehand so big that you actually obliterate the coronavirus off the ball?

  3. Dougie Barnard on May 21, 2021 at 1:50 am

    Very interesting experiment and conversation starter. There are certain practices players can adopt to decrease the chance of spreading germs while playing – very creative video and good to draw attention to the issue!

  4. Neal McCormick on May 21, 2021 at 1:55 am

    You should have shined on your face. See how often you touch your face

  5. Gustav Mahler on May 21, 2021 at 1:57 am

    Wear a glove on the left hand while handling the ball or right hand if you are a leftie. But the air hitting the ball, the dryness of the ball, plus, the sun, kills the virus PRETTY easily. Oxygen and ultraviolet light are the biggest killers of viruses. It denaturizes pretty easily under those conditions.

  6. avacadojones on May 21, 2021 at 1:57 am

    I wanted to see the other players racket grip, clothes, and face also under black light.

  7. Jerold on May 21, 2021 at 2:03 am

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  8. Coach Adrian on May 21, 2021 at 2:04 am

    It’s a sobering reality we are all currently in. Thanks for doing this experiment.

  9. Carlos Delgado on May 21, 2021 at 2:07 am

    Hi there! In fact it could be transmitted by touching surfaces and then our face. I think we should carry some tiny alcohol gel on our shorts and sanitize hands often. Besides, the use of wristbands for drying off the sweat without using the hands would help. Regards.

  10. redrocklead on May 21, 2021 at 2:08 am

    We have some pink balls that were for breast cancer awareness month, we crack a pink can and a green can. It’s pretty easy to keep track who serves which color. The brain auto-corrects the tracking and two colors is not a noticable recognition problem. I keep a big sharpie in my bag in case we don’t have a second color.

    I see "gassed" exhales after drilling or long rallies being most likely to aerosolize the "Rona." Keep your mouth hole pointed down when you’re giving an exasperated groan or friendly curse. Be aware of the adjacent baseline players like that couple that’s just walked over from the family picnic at the park pavilion.

  11. Bala T on May 21, 2021 at 2:09 am

    Sorry to say not sure it’s a feasible experiment.. but enjoyed the rallies..

  12. My 240sx on May 21, 2021 at 2:09 am

    bicyclethief I would rather see this “experiment” than not see it at all. I teach at a university and I highly doubt we will see any reputable professors/physicians/scientists perform a tennis specific experiment regarding COVID-19 transfer via tennis. I wouldn’t get funding to do such experiment…

    Watch this video with an open mind and understand that the results are not scientific but opens up the conversation on how safe it is to play tennis during this pandemic.

  13. TennisTroll Channel on May 21, 2021 at 2:14 am

    Do you feel it is currently safe to play tennis? Please share your thoughts. Also, please visit CDC, USTA, and ITF websites in video description regarding the latest information with Coronavirus advice and tennis guidelines. Video conclusion showing where transfer occurred with visual aid (Glo Germ) starts at 5:46.

  14. PURE TENNIS sense on May 21, 2021 at 2:14 am

    I like the concept here, very creative and innovative way of finding out how COVID-19 and germs in general have the potential to be transferred by playing singles. I’d be interested to see how this works with doubles as well 🙂 new video idea??

    For the 3 dislikes thus far…. Seriously, nobody else has done something like this so far…. not even USTA from my understanding. Leaving your home to get groceries, fill up gas, buy TP, etc. is more dangerous than playing tennis. Not saying that playing singles is 100% safe obvioulsy but credit is due for the trial and ingenuity here!!

  15. diegotr1903 on May 21, 2021 at 2:15 am


  16. T MO on May 21, 2021 at 2:17 am

    That settles it I’m still playing tennis.

  17. VidiUp on May 21, 2021 at 2:21 am

    Thanks for doing this helpful experiment, I appreciate it. I’ll give it consideration when thinking about tennis. And I acknowledge that you’re not a doctor and it’s not a controlled experiment, but technically any experiment is science at a certain level, and I appreciate the time and effort you took to conduct it in a real-life situation. Very helpful, thanks again! – Dane

  18. Hecks Tennis on May 21, 2021 at 2:21 am

    Good idea for a tennis video in these times. Many will pick out the flaws no matter how many times you say you are not doctors or scientists lol.

    My thoughts are that Tennis will not kill you more or less than any other activity we do as humans. Yes, we are going to take extra steps to lower the risk

    but even that has limits. I plan on bringing Lysol in my bag. I will spray my bag before going to the courts. I also will have hand wipes to wipe hands before

    starting tennis and will offer other players. I will avoid talking over other people’s bags and the bench. every set I will wash my hands with soap
    and water. I will bring extra water for that purpose. If I wanted to go crazier every set I can put the balls in a bag and spray down with Lysol. You see how you can

    get when fear is heavy? But all this effort goes out the damn window when you go to the store and buy products or pick up your mail. Even
    going home to use the elevator in your 20 apartment condo. You can take the stairs but don’t touch the handrails. The thing is we are all going to get this
    virus and most will live. So do we just destroy the economy and live in fear. But what do I know lol.

  19. Ram Prasad on May 21, 2021 at 2:25 am

    Remember the infected player will replenish his hands with new germs every time he touches his nose or eyes. This simulation added the lotion *ONLY* once at the beginning of the game. Hence this test should be taken with a grain of salt.

  20. julio ryan on May 21, 2021 at 2:26 am

    5:21 – "The whole thing (tennis ball) is a giant germ." That is likely true when playing with an infected player.

  21. bicyclethief on May 21, 2021 at 2:30 am

    fan of your tennis match videos but this is a poorly thought-out idea. something’s wrong when you are suggesting some soft & fuzzy conclusions from this experiment but also distancing yourself from the validity of this experiment too.

  22. Krishnendu Kes on May 21, 2021 at 2:30 am

    Great idea for the experiment. Very ingenuous. 👏👏
    Great point at 3:43. You scrambled around for the point but you lost it even though I thought you deserved it. 👏👏
    How did you manage to find courts to play? 😀😀

  23. MH XXX on May 21, 2021 at 2:30 am

    What if the each player use a different set of balls for serves?

  24. Chuck Friebe on May 21, 2021 at 2:36 am

    I’m in California. I, and friends of mine, played all during the lockdown. No one got sick. Don’t know anyone that got sick. Btw, I play with guys that are in their 50s and 60s. None of them were afraid. Before you say, "those goddamn republicans!", we are all liberals and I work in healthcare.

  25. Wally Friend on May 21, 2021 at 2:36 am

    The corona virus is very weak and will get destroyed quickly when exposed to sunlight. There is extremely little chance you will get infected playing outdoors and not worth worrying about. I’ve seen people afraid of touching gates so they leave it open for others to close. Some folks yell at people for hitting their balls over to their court. Most people don’t want to touch your balls to hand it back. If you are that concerned then don’t play at all. Don’t show the world what an ass you are. Ignorance is a poor excuse for bad behavior. This experiment only fuels more ignorant behavior.

  26. Matt Foley on May 21, 2021 at 2:37 am

    That grip looks like it would kill any virus😂😂😂😂😂. Nice experiment tho, love your vids and humor.

  27. Biren on May 21, 2021 at 2:41 am

    Remember, you don’t need a “visible” amount to transmit germs. Be safe out there!

  28. Norma on May 21, 2021 at 2:41 am

    Why doesn’t the ball girls wear gloves handling the balls? Since they dont touch the players towels?