Player tests positive for Covid-19 at Palermo Open

A player has tested positive for COVID-19 at the Palermo Ladies Open and has subsequently withdrawn from the tournament

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The Palermo Open is set to be the first tennis event to the played since the five-month shutdown

A player has tested positive for Coronavirus at the Palermo Ladies Open and has subsequently withdrawn from the tournament, according to a WTA press release.

The player is asymptomatic, but the women’s governing body has not revealed the name of the player yet.

“Following this information, the WTA, in coordination with the Tournament Infection Control Officer and along with its medical advisors and infectious disease specialist from the Mayo Clinic, immediately put its COVID-19 response plan into action,” the statement added.

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“Any individual who tests positive will remain in isolation until cleared by a physician per the established protocols, and will receive proper medical treatment. In addition, all those who may have been in close contact with the individual are undergoing testing per WTA protocols. The 31st Palermo Ladies Open will continue as planned.”

The Palermo Ladies Open, with the main draw starting on Monday, marks the restart of tennis since the tours were suspended in March due to the pandemic.

World No 15 Petra Martic is the top seed at the WTA event.

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