“I Have Made The Tough Decision”- Simona Halep Cancels Participation In Palermo Open 2020


Simona Halep

Followed by a long break, Women’s tennis tours set to restart from Palermo Ladies Open, Italy, on 3rd August. Meanwhile, former World Number One Simona Halep canceled her participation in the ladies Open due to rising Coronavirus cases in Romania.  

In recent days, the Coronavirus cases are sharply rising in and around Romania. For this reason, the Italian government imposed 14 days quarantine period for people who come from Romania and Bulgaria since 24th July.

While Palermo Ladies Open organizers are looking for an answer from Italian health ministry over Simona Halep’s quarantine exemption plea, Besides, Romanian announced her withdrawal from the tournament. 

Simona Halep

Wimbledon Champion Simona Halep stated in her twitter handle, “Given the recent rise in Covid19 cases in Romania and my anxieties around international air travel at this time, I have made the tough decision to withdraw from Palermo. I want to thank the tournament director and the Italian ministry of health for all efforts on my behalf.” 

“Simona Halep Has Decided Not To Play At Palermo Open 2020”- Tour Organizers

Almost after a decade, World number two Simona Halep has decided to play in the small clay tournament in Italy. Consequently, the Tournament Organizers rejoiced and speeded up the event staging works. Eventually, the 28-years-old unfortunately pulled-out from the tournament due to health concerns.  

“We found out with great bitterness the decision of world number two to cancel her participation to the 31st Palermo Ladies Open,” said the tournament director, Oliviero Palma.

Palermo Open 2020

 “Yesterday we were optimistic, and we had informed Halep’s staff about the fact that professional players are not obliged to quarantine. Regional assessor of Health Ruggero Razza, who we thank for his promptness and clarity, had directly sent to Halep an official communication explaining how the Ordinance of the Ministry of Health was not to be applied to workers, therefore neither too professional tennis players.” Palma added.

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Nevertheless, Halep’s staff only communicated with us the final decision, frustrating all our efforts. We are embittered and profoundly disappointed”. Palermo Open CEO concluded.


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