The upcoming Palermo Girls Open might lose its greatest attract 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 Well being Minister Roberto Speranza stated on Friday individuals who have been in Romania and Bulgaria up to now 14 days can be quarantined upon arrival in Italy, a transfer geared toward stopping the importation of Covid-19 instances.
Palermo will mark the primary skilled tennis occasion throughout the WTA and males’s ATP Excursions since early March with motion scheduled to get underway on the clay courts of the Sicilian capital from August 3. Event director Oliviero Palma stated organisers have written an pressing letter to Speranza, asking for exemption for tennis gamers participating within the occasion.
“The availability would penalise a participant like (Romanian) Simona Halep, world’s quantity two and Wimbledon’s reigning champion, who wouldn’t participate in Palermo’s match anymore,” Palma stated in an announcement.
Italy was the primary European nation to be hit arduous by the novel coronavirus however the variety of every 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 well being precautions and all gamers will endure COVID-19 assessments earlier than they arrive, on arrival and each 4 days subsequently.
“We’re satisfied that the well being protocols adopted by the WTA are so strict to ensure the security and well being not solely of athletes, but additionally of all the varied staff concerned within the occasion,” stated Palma. “I’m satisfied that there are all the required situations and ensures to present a derogation for all tennis gamers coming from Romania or Bulgaria, as a way to keep away from their quarantine and, therefore, their retirement from the match.”