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Sport Palermo Open marks return of professional tours

15:17  01 august  2020
15:17  01 august  2020 Source:   reuters.com

tennis player tested positive for Corona at tournament in Palermo

 tennis player tested positive for Corona at tournament in Palermo Palermo. A player at the WTA tournament in Palermo has tested positive for the corona virus. The women's professional tour is scheduled to start on Monday with the tournament. © Friso Gentsch A ball boy wears rubber gloves due to the corona hygiene measures. There are more and more question marks behind the resumption of the tennis season. As the WTA announced on Saturday, an unnamed player tested positive for the corona virus at the hard court tournament in Palermo, but had no symptoms.

(Reuters) - A handful of prominent late withdrawals may have taken some of the sheen off the Palermo Ladies Open but the importance of the claycourt event is not lost on the sport as it marks the return of professional tennis on Monday after the COVID-19 shutdown. Plenty of exhibition events have taken

Aug 1 (Reuters) - A handful of prominent late withdrawals may have taken some of the sheen off the Palermo Ladies Open but the importance of the claycourt event is not lost on the sport as it marks the return of professional tennis on Monday after the COVID-19 shutdown. Plenty of exhibition events

By Sudipto Ganguly

(Reuters) - A handful of prominent late withdrawals may have taken some of the sheen off the Palermo Ladies Open but the importance of the claycourt event is not lost on the sport as it marks the return of professional tennis on Monday after the COVID-19 shutdown.

Plenty of exhibition events have taken place across the world since the sport was abruptly halted in early March but the women's tournament in the Sicilian capital will be the first across both the elite WTA and ATP tours in five months.

Privilege to be back on court, says Palermo top seed Martic

  Privilege to be back on court, says Palermo top seed Martic Privilege to be back on court, says Palermo top seed MarticThe world number 15 was relieved the tour, which was suspended in early March, was restarting with the tournament in Italy followed by the Prague Open from Aug. 10.

3-9 event marks the return of tour -level tennis following a five-month break for the coronavirus pandemic. Players and anyone who comes into contact with players will be administered nasal swab tests for COVID-19 before they depart for Palermo , upon arrival and then again every four days.

3-9 event marks the return of tour -level tennis following a five-month break for the coronavirus pandemic. © Provided by Associated Press FILE -- In Players and anyone who comes into contact with players will be administered nasal swab tests for COVID-19 before they depart for Palermo , upon

WTA chief Steve Simon recently told Reuters that he hoped Palermo would provide a blueprint for tournament operations for the rest of 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The WTA International-level event would usually attract only a modest field but its initial entry list boasted a host of players in the top 20, including twice Grand Slam champion Simona Halep of Romania.

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

Croatia's Petra Martic will be the highest-ranked player at 15th with Czech Marketa Vondrousova and Maria Sakkari of Greece being the other top 20 players in the field.

WTA chief hopes Palermo Open will provide blueprint for 2020

  WTA chief hopes Palermo Open will provide blueprint for 2020 WTA chief hopes Palermo Open will provide blueprint for 2020MUMBAI (Reuters) - WTA chief Steve Simon cannot wait for the Tour to get back up and running in Sicily next month and hopes the Palermo Open will provide a blueprint for tournament operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

3-9 event marks the return of tour -level tennis following a five-month break for the coronavirus pandemic. © Provided by Associated Press FILE -- In Players and anyone who comes into contact with players will be administered nasal swab tests for COVID-19 before they depart for Palermo , upon

3-9 event marks the return of tour -level tennis following a five-month break for the coronavirus pandemic. Players and anyone who comes into contact with players will be administered nasal swab tests for COVID-19 before they depart for Palermo , upon arrival, and then again every four days.

There were, however, some more last-minute health hazards for the organisers to deal with as two players tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies.

Organisers said they returned negative results when they underwent a Polymerase Chain Reaction test, currently being used to detect COVID-19.

"The procedures that have been put in place by the WTA, the Palermo Open and local jurisdiction were immediately followed and will continue throughout the tournament," the WTA said.

The event has put in place strict health protocols with everyone having to undergo COVID-19 tests before they come to the tournament as well as on arrival and then every four days.

During the event players have to handle their own towels and there will be a smaller team of ball kids and lines officials but a limited number of spectators are allowed in the stands.

"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.

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  Djokovic, Nadal and Serena enter U.S. Open tune-up Djokovic, Nadal and Serena enter U.S. Open tune-upOrganisers of the Aug. 20-28 event, which was relocated from Cincinnati this year because of COVID-19, said defending champions Daniil Medvedev and Madison Keys are also among the initial entries.

The Palermo Ladies Open features a loaded field, including second-ranked Simona Halep, after months ROME (AP) Two Grand Slam champions. A finalist from last year’s French Open . 3-9 event marks the return of tour -level tennis following a five-month break for the coronavirus pandemic.

3-9 event marks the return of tour -level tennis following a five-month break for the coronavirus pandemic. © Provided by Associated Press FILE -- In Players and anyone who comes into contact with players will be administered nasal swab tests for COVID-19 before they depart for Palermo , upon

"Now more than ever, we could have filled a 5,000-spectator stadium".

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.

(Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly in Mumbai; Editing by Ken Ferris)


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