Professional tennis finally returns at the WTA Palermo Ladies Open. Additionally, the main draw of the event will start on Monday. Moreover, eight out of the top 30 players will play in this clay-court event.
Further, tennis events finally start after a long wait of five months. The events were called off due to pandemic.
This tennis draught started from Indian Wells. Moreover, it is the first out of the twenty tournaments to be called off due to pandemic.
In addition to this, the Palermo Open will feature Petra Martic, world number 15. The other major professional to compete in the tournament is Marketa Vondrousova, the finalist at 2019 French Open.
The other major players competing in the tournament are Elise Mertens, Donna Vekic, Anett Kontaveit, and Maria Sakkari. Additionally, while Maria is at rank 20 in the world, Donna Vekic and Anett are quarter-finalists at a Grand Slam.
Furthermore, Italians, Sara Errani, and Elisabetta Cocciaretto are also participating in the tournament through a main-draw wildcard.
Integral Safety Measures In The Palermo Ladies Open
Additionally, the current world number two Simona Halep was also participating in the tournament. However, she withdrew her name at the last moment. Moreover, Johanna Konta and Anastasija Sevastova also took their names out of the tournament.
Further, the qualifying events started on Saturday. Moreover, 32 players battle it out in the tournament. All the 32 players compete for four places in the main draw.
In addition to this, the tournament also has come up with various measures for safety. With the COVID-19 pandemic, the organizers are taking up measures to protect fans and players.
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Further, there will be a checking of all the tennis players and staff. The same will take place after every 4th day. The players will participate only if tested negative. Moreover, the number of spectators is 350 per day. No more than that will be allowed.