Palermo Ladies Open will go on after player tests positive: WTA

Palermo Ladies Open will go on after player tests positive: WTA”

The event in the capital of Sicily, where qualifications are on the weekend, is the first official tournament after the five-month Corona break, but according to the WTA it should take place as planned.

A player set to participate in the Palermo Ladies Open starting on August 3rd has tested positive for COVID-19 but the event which marks the return of the professional tennis season will continue as planned, the WTA said on Saturday.

"All those who may have been in close contact with the individual are undergoing testing per WTA protocols", said the WTA.

World number two Halep has since withdrawn from the tournament due to concerns over global travel amid the new coronavirus pandemic as has Britain's Johanna Konta, who will be focusing on hardcourt events in the United States.

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There were, however, some more last-minute health hazards for the organisers to deal with as two players tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies. "The effectiveness of the protocols and related controls allowed us to intercept a positive case among the players who arrived in Palermo".

After former French Open champions Simona Halep and Jelena Ostapenko withdrew, the main draw is headlined by last years Roland Garros finalist Markta Vondrouov, No. 15 Petra Marti and No. 20 Maria Sakkari.

"We are happy to play in front of the public, even though in a drastically reduced number due to COVID-19 prevention measures", tournament director Oliviero Palma said, adding that only a few tickets remained unsold.

The tournament plans still go ahead with qualifying having begun this afternoon.

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