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Sport Halep's Palermo appearance in doubt after Italy's quarantine order

08:30  25 july  2020
08:30  25 july  2020 Source:   reuters.com

Halep withdraws from Palermo Open after quarantine order

  Halep withdraws from Palermo Open after quarantine order PALERMO, Sicily (AP) — Second-ranked Simona Halep withdrew from the Palermo Ladies Open Sunday following a quarantine ordinance issued by Italy’s health ministry. “Given the recent rise in Covid19 cases in Romania and my anxieties around international air travel at this time, I have made the tough decision to withdraw from Palermo,” Halep tweeted. “I want to thank the tournament director and the Italian ministry of health for all efforts on my behalf.” The Aug. 3-9 tournament announced Sunday that the Romanian player’s manager, Virginia Ruzici, had informed Palermo officials of the decision.

Simona Halep ' s bid to play the Palermo WTA event, which will mark the season' s resumption after a five-month suspension, could be dashed by demands that The Minister of Health had announced that he had signed an order on Friday imposing a 14-day quarantine on entry into Italy for all those who

Simona Halep ' s bid to play the Palermo WTA event, which will mark the season' s resumption after a five-month suspension, could be dashed by demands that all Romanians enter quarantine on arrival in Italy . AFP 28 mins ago AFP. © Yong Teck Lim In doubt : Simona Halep .

(Reuters) - The upcoming Palermo Ladies Open could lose its biggest draw in world number two Simona Halep after Italy decided to impose a mandatory quarantine of 14 days for people coming from Romania and Bulgaria amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Simona Halep hitting a ball with a racket: WTA Premier - Dubai Tennis Championships © Reuters/SATISH KUMAR SUBRAMANI WTA Premier - Dubai Tennis Championships

Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza said on Friday people who have been in Romania and Bulgaria in the past 14 days will be quarantined upon arrival in Italy, a move aimed at preventing the importation of COVID-19 cases.

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Simona Halep ' s bid to play the Palermo WTA event, which will mark the season' s resumption after a five-month suspension, could be dashed by demands that all Romanians enter quarantine on arrival in Italy . AFP 38 mins ago AFP. © Yong Teck Lim In doubt : Simona Halep .

Simona Halep ' s bid to play the Palermo WTA event, which will mark the season' s resumption after a five-month suspension, could be dashed by demands that all Romanians enter quarantine on arrival in Italy . AFP 39 mins ago AFP. © Yong Teck Lim In doubt : Simona Halep .

Palermo will mark the first professional tennis event across the WTA and men's ATP Tours since early March with action scheduled to get underway on the clay courts of the Sicilian capital from Aug. 3.

Tournament director Oliviero Palma said organisers have written an urgent letter to Speranza, asking for exemption for tennis players taking part in the event.

"The provision would penalise a player like (Romanian) Simona Halep, world's number two and Wimbledon's reigning champion, who wouldn't take part in Palermo's tournament anymore," Palma said in a statement.

Italy was the first European country to be hit hard by the novel coronavirus but the number of daily new infections being reported is a fraction of those seen in late March. The country has recorded over 35,000 deaths from the virus.

Palermo will have strict health precautions and all players will undergo COVID-19 tests before they come, on arrival and every four days subsequently.

"We're convinced that the health protocols adopted by the WTA are so strict to guarantee the safety and health not only of athletes, yet also of all the various workers involved in the event," said Palma.

"I'm convinced that there are all the necessary conditions and guarantees to give a derogation for all tennis players coming from Romania or Bulgaria, in order to avoid their quarantine and, hence, their retirement from the tournament."

(Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly in Mumbai; editing by Jane Wardell)

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