WTA: Player Tests Positive for COVID-19 at Palermo Ladies Open
(August 1, 2020) In the WTA’s return to action since the Coronavirus shut down the tennis tour, the Palermo Ladies Open in Sicily, a player not in the singles draw tested positive. The player is currently in isolation. Just on Friday the tournament announced that 400 virus tests which included players and staff had all come back negative. The WTA Tour issued the following statement:
WTA statement on player testing positive for COVID-19 at the 31st Palermo Ladies Open:
A player has tested positive for COVID-19 at the 31st Palermo Ladies Open and has subsequently withdrawn from the tournament. The player is asymptomatic.
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. 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.