“Tennis May Restart From Here” – Director Olivier Palma On Hopes Of Holding The Palermo Open

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The 31st Palermo Open is all set to begin on 3rd August. Additionally, it is the first WTA tour to begin after a long break of almost five-month, due to the pandemic. Palermo Open will continue till 9th August.

Olivier Palma, the Director of the tournament holds high hopes for the event. Moreover, the event will take place in Italy, one of the most heavily affected countries due to COVID-19. Palma, in an interview with Tennis Majors, said,” I am truly proud of representing Palermo, Sicily, and Italy. Other than possibly writing the history of this sport, which, as you said, will restart here.”

Besides, Palermo is an international clay tournament. Although the tournament lost its slot from 2014 to 2017, It is back into the picture right now. Palma knew that this might be a golden chance, as all eyes set on this particular play. Despite facing various challenges amid the pandemic, the Director still hopes of a good tournament.

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He said, ” That’s the other side of the coin. We’re confident. But I do feel the responsibility of not having the chance to fail. It’s the first tournament in the world and it must show that the sport can restart.”

“Everybody Will Have To Use Face Masks and Gel, Other Than Also Applying Social Distancing”– Palma

Furthermore, there are no restrictions on the entry of the crowd. “If an audience quota is set, everybody will have to use face masks and gel, other than also applying social distancing”, Palma shared.

He additionally said, “The center court will host a maximum of 350 spectators, which includes players and staff. The real capacity of the court is 1500. Everyone will be strictly distanced and will be obliged to wear a mask.”

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Oliver Palma Image Credits: WTA Tennis.com

As far as the players are concerned, testing will take place continuously. The same goes for their teams as well as the staff of the event.

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However, the tournament is a test for the WTA. If the event gets successful, the hopes for the other tournaments will stay alive. Whereas if it fails, then the situation for the sport may get worse.


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