"Following this information, the WTA, in coordination with the Tournament Infection Control Officer and along with its medical advisors and infectious disease specialist from the Mayo Clinic, immediately put its COVID-19 response plan into action".
The WTA confirmed that a player tested positive for coronavirus and withdrew before the start of qualifying, which took place over the weekend. "The player is asymptomatic", said the WTA in a statement this afternoon.
Local organisers, who would not name the player, said she was admitted to a national health facility designated for asymptomatic patients with COVID-19.
Petra Martic, Marketa Vondrousova, Elise Mertens, Donna Vekic, Dayana Yastremska and Kristina Mladenovic ar ethe stars of the tournaments which we hope it will continue without any other problems after the positivity to the virus of Tomova.
Qualifiers were getting under way on Saturday ahead of the tournament proper, which intends to allow entry to a limited number of spectators.
It's the first official event - for men or women - since early March.
"A player has tested positive for COVID-19 at the 31st Palermo Ladies Open and has subsequently withdrawn from the tournament".
Palma has said that the event, which will have a reduced prize pot of $202,250 due to financial constraints, will run losses but his responsibility was to prove that professional tennis can resume safely.
Hume "a giant in our history" - Sugden
He was insistent it was possible, tireless in pursuit of it and endlessly creative in seeking ways of making it happen. Hume had been largely out of the public spotlight since resigning as leader of the SDLP in 2001, citing ill health.