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Tennis player tests positive for virus at Palermo Open


A tennis player entered for the Palermo Ladies Open examined positive for the coronavirus and has withdrawn from the event, organizers introduced Saturday.

While noting that the player is asymptomatic, the WTA Tour stated in an announcement that she’s going to stay in isolation “until cleared by a physician per the established protocols.

“In addition, all those who may have been in close contact with the individual are undergoing testing per WTA protocols,” the ladies’s tour added. “The 31st Palermo Ladies Open will continue as planned.”

Local organizers, who wouldn’t title the player, stated she was admitted to a nationwide well being facility designated for asymptomatic sufferers with COVID-19.

“The efficiency of the protocols and the related tests allowed us to intercept a positive case,” stated Dr. Antonio Cascio, an infectious illness specialist at the University of Palermo who’s the event’s anti-virus coordinator. “The player never left her hotel room while awaiting the results of the exams.”

All of the gamers for the event are staying in the identical resort.

The WTA event 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 fundamental draw motion as a consequence 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.

Tournament organizers had introduced on Friday that greater than 400 coronavirus tests have been carried out on gamers and workers members and all of them got here again damaging.

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