Palermo Ladies Open to go ahead as scheduled even after one player tests positive for COVID-19

Palermo Open organisers, who would not name the player, said she was admitted to a national health facility designated for asymptomatic patients with COVID-19.

The Associated Press August 01, 2020 23:43:10 IST
Palermo Ladies Open to go ahead as scheduled even after one player tests positive for COVID-19

Palermo, Sicily: A tennis player entered for the Palermo Ladies Open tested positive for the coronavirus and has withdrawn from the tournament, organisers announced Saturday.

While noting that the player is asymptomatic, the WTA Tour said in a statement that she will remain in isolation “until cleared by a physician per the established protocols.

“In addition, all those who may have been in close contact with the individual are undergoing testing per WTA protocols,” the women’s tour added. “The 31st Palermo Ladies Open will continue as planned.”

Local organisers, who would not name the player, said she was admitted to a national health facility designated for asymptomatic patients with COVID-19.

“The efficiency of the protocols and the related tests allowed us to intercept a positive case,” said Dr Antonio Cascio, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Palermo who is the tournament’s anti-virus coordinator. “The player never left her hotel room while awaiting the results of the exams.”

All of the players for the tournament are staying in the same hotel.

The WTA tournament marks the return of tour-level tennis following a five-month break for the coronavirus pandemic.

It’s the first official event — for men or women — since early March.

Qualifying began Saturday with main draw action due to begin Monday.

After former French Open champions Simona Halep and Jelena Ostapenko withdrew, the main draw is headlined by last year’s Roland Garros finalist Markéta Vondroušová, No 15 Petra Martić and No 20 Maria Sakkari.

Tournament organisers had announced on Friday that more than 400 coronavirus tests were carried out on players and staff members and all of them came back negative.

Updated Date:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

Palermo Open: All COVID-19 tests on players, coaches come back negative ahead of WTA Tour restart
Sports

Palermo Open: All COVID-19 tests on players, coaches come back negative ahead of WTA Tour restart

The WTA tournament, with qualifying beginning Saturday, marks the return of tour-level tennis following a five-month break for the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus Outbreak: ATP, WTA cancel all events in China, including Shenzen Finals due to COVID-19
Sports

Coronavirus Outbreak: ATP, WTA cancel all events in China, including Shenzen Finals due to COVID-19

The General Administration of Sport, China’s highest sporting body, announced two weeks ago that only trial events for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics would be held in 2020.

Palermo Ladies Open: Kaja Juvan upsets Marketa Vondrousova in first round; Petra Martic beats Alison Van Uytvanck
Sports

Palermo Ladies Open: Kaja Juvan upsets Marketa Vondrousova in first round; Petra Martic beats Alison Van Uytvanck

Juvan was spoken to by the umpire after throwing items including her visor and wristbands to the crowd.