The upcoming Palermo Ladies Open may lose its largest draw in world quantity two Simona Halep after Italy determined to impose a compulsory quarantine of 14 days for folks coming from Romania and Bulgaria amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza said on Friday individuals who have been in Romania and Bulgaria in the previous 14 days can be quarantined upon arrival in Italy, a transfer aimed toward stopping the importation of Covid-19 instances.
Palermo will mark the primary professional tennis event throughout the WTA and males’s ATP Tours since early March with motion scheduled to get underway on the clay courts of the Sicilian capital from August 3. Tournament director Oliviero Palma said organisers have written an pressing letter to Speranza, asking for exemption for tennis gamers collaborating 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 press release.
Italy was the primary European nation to be hit onerous by the novel coronavirus however the variety of each day new infections being reported is a fraction of these seen in late March. The nation has recorded over 35,000 deaths from the virus. Palermo could have strict health precautions and all gamers will bear COVID-19 checks earlier than they arrive, on arrival and each 4 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.”