The women’s tournament Palermo It inaugurated this Saturday the official round of women’s professional tennis, with the opening of the preliminary phase, after a break by the Covid-19 dating from March.
The same day that the preliminary phase began, the announcement of the loss of a tennis player who had to participate in this Italian event on clay when testing positive for coronavirus arrived.
“A player tested positive for COVID-19 and subsequently withdrew from the tournament. The player is asymptomatic, ”says the WTA, which stresses that the protocol allows the competition to continue according to schedule.
He adds that “the WTA, in coordination with the Tournament Infection Control Officer and together with its medical advisers and infectious disease specialists from the Mayo Clinic, immediately launched their COVID-19 response plan. Any positive individual will remain isolated until authorized by a doctor according to established protocols, and will receive appropriate medical treatment. ”
The WTA has not released the name of the player, who will join a known list of positive colleagues like Novak Djokovic, Borna Coric, Grigor Dimitrov or Frances Tiafoe, who were infected during exhibition tests, such as the controversial and frustrated Adria Tour who led the world No. 1.
On Friday, the Palermo organization had assured that the first 109 PCR tests had given negative. This Saturday the Mutua Madrid Open reported that the Community health authority advised the cancellation of the tournament, postponed until mid-September. A decision is left to the owner of the tournament, the Romanian Ion Tiriac, according to the official note.