A tennis participant entered for the Palermo Girls Open examined optimistic for the coronavirus and has withdrawn from the match, organizers introduced Saturday.
Whereas noting that the participant is asymptomatic, the WTA Tour mentioned in an announcement that she’s going to stay in isolation “till cleared by a doctor per the established protocols.
“As well as, all those that could have been in shut contact with the person are present process testing per WTA protocols,” the ladies’s tour added. “The 31st Palermo Girls Open will proceed as deliberate.”
Native organizers, who wouldn’t identify the participant, mentioned she was admitted to a nationwide well being facility designated for asymptomatic sufferers with COVID-19.
“The effectivity of the protocols and the associated assessments allowed us to intercept a optimistic case,” mentioned Dr. Antonio Cascio, an infectious illness specialist on the College of Palermo who’s the match’s anti-virus coordinator. “The participant by no means left her resort room whereas awaiting the outcomes of the exams.”
All the gamers for the match are staying in the identical resort.
The WTA match marks the return of tour-level tennis following a five-month break for the coronavirus pandemic.
It’s the primary official occasion — for males or girls — since early March.
Qualifying started Saturday with most important draw motion because of start Monday.
After former French Open champions Simona Halep and Jelena Ostapenko withdrew, the primary draw is headlined by final yr’s Roland Garros finalist Markéta Vondroušová, No. 15 Petra Martić and No. 20 Maria Sakkari.
Match organizers had introduced on Friday that greater than 400 coronavirus assessments had been carried out on gamers and workers members and all of them got here again unfavorable.