Sport WTA says Palermo Ladies Open will go on after player tests positive
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France's Fiona Ferro shocked fourth-seed Estonian Anett Kontaveit to win the Palermo Ladies Open, the first post-coronavirus tennis tournament on Sunday. Kontaveit had ousted Croatian top seed Petra Martic, ranked 15th, in the semi-final of the $222,500 tournament on Saturday. Despite the absence of the big names, all eyes were on Palermo to see if the sanitary measures were sufficient for a safe return to competition which had been suspended for five months.A player tested positive for COVID-19 on arrival in Sicily and withdrew from the tournament, having stayed in her hotel while awaiting the results.
(Reuters) - A player set to participate in the Palermo Ladies Open starting on Monday has tested positive for COVID-19 but the event which marks the return of the professional tennis season will continue as planned, the WTA said on Saturday.
The WTA did not name the player but said she had pulled out and all those who may have been in close contact with her were being tested.
"A player has tested positive for COVID-19 at the 31st Palermo Ladies Open and has subsequently withdrawn from the tournament. The player is asymptomatic," the WTA said in a statement.
Player tests positive for coronavirus at WTA Palermo Open
A player has tested positive for coronavirus at the WTA Palermo Open, which marks the tennis season's resumption after a five-month break, the WTA and organisers confirmed on Saturday. The competitor, who had no symptoms, withdrew just minutes before the start of qualifying this weekend for the tournament which gets underway in Sicily on August 3. Her name was not revealed but shortly after the announcement 130th-ranked Bulgarian Viktoriya Tomova, who had been due to take part in qualifying, withdrew because of illness.
"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.
"Any individual who tests positive will remain in isolation until cleared by a physician per the established protocols, and will receive proper medical treatment."
Organisers had earlier said two players tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies, adding they returned negative results when they underwent a Polymerase Chain Reaction test currently being used to detect COVID-19.
Several exhibition events have taken place globally since the sport was halted in early March due to the COVID-19 pandemic but the women's tournament in the Sicilian capital will be the first across both the elite WTA and ATP tours in five months.
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(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris and Giles Elgood)
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