Level Tennis Resumes in Palermo Amid Coronavirus With No Handshakes or Showers

Marketa Vondrousova of Czech Republic will be the main draw at the Palermo Ladies Open

"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.

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

Greek tennis player Maria Sakkari says she was so desperate for competition during the COVID-19 shutdown that she considered running in the 100m at the national athletics championships.

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"A player has tested positive for COVID-19 at the 31st Palermo Ladies Open and has subsequently withdrawn from the tournament".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.



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