While Former World Number One Simona Halep gets ready to compete in the Palermo Open, the Italian government introduced 14 days quarantine period for people who comes from Romania and Bulgaria. However, Palermo Open CEO Oliviero Palma still hopes on Halep’s participation in Ladies’ tennis tournament.
Women’s International tennis tour set to take place in Palermo Ladies Open, Italy, on 3rd August. For this reason, several Romanian tennis players have confirmed their participation, including Wimbledon reigning Simona Halep. Notably, WTA tennis tours suspended in mid-march due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Right now, the Coronavirus cases are increasing all around the world. In particular, Romania has registered many more cases within a month. As a consequence, the Italian government imposed a quarantine period for people coming from Romania.
The Italian Health minister Roberto Speranza stated in his twitter post on Friday afternoon, “I have just signed an order that provides for quarantine for those who have stayed in Romania and Bulgaria in the last 14 days. This measure is already in force for non-EU and non-Schengen countries. The virus is not defeated and continues to circulate. Great caution is still needed.”
“We Are Waiting For An Answer ”- Palermo Open CEO Palma
Ladies’ Open Organizers believe that the Italian health ministry will give an exemption from self-isolation for Romanian tennis players. Moreover, CEO Palma said to Eurosport Romania, “We are all waiting for an answer from the part of the Minister of Health here, but today is Saturday and I don’t think there are too many chances.
We hope that the Italian government will be sensitive to our request and understand that tennis players are not ordinary people. WTA protocols will protect the players who arrived here in Palermo. We are waiting for an answer as soon as possible, but I don’t think it will come this weekend .” Oliviero Palma concluded.
While Palermo Open Organizers hope on Simona Halep participation in the restart tennis event, Romanian tennis fans wait for their star player action in the clay courts.