Palermo Ladies Open: Tour-level tennis resumes after five-month hiatus with no handshakes or showers
A limited number of fans were allowed into the 1,500-seat stadium court and had to follow social distancing measures.
The WTA tournament, with qualifying beginning Saturday, marks the return of tour-level tennis following a five-month break for the coronavirus pandemic.
Simona Halep withdraws from Palermo Ladies Open due to quarantine order from Italy's health ministry
Second-ranked Simona Halep withdrew from the Palermo Ladies Open Sunday following a quarantine ordinance issued by Italy’s health ministry.
WTA's Simon said the Tour was looking to stage as many tournaments as possible in 2020 and the second week of the patched-together calendar will see events in Prague and the United States.
In Palermo there would be strict health protocols for players and the number of spectators at the 1,500-seat centre court would be restricted to 350.
The 28-year-old Halep has not played since her win over Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina in the final of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on 22 February.