All eyes of the tennis world are on Palermo

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After almost five months of hiatus, the women’s circuit resumes Monday on the clay court of Palermo in Italy, the first official post-coronavirus tournament.

In normal times, the tournament in Palermo, endowed with $ 202,250, is only a minor stage of the women’s circuit, ignored by the world top. But in this year 2020 like no other, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Italian event will be more scrutinized than ever, and some of the best are responding. Palermo at the center of the small yellow ball world, the first official tournament since… March 8. The place to be. No wonder the cast is more prestigious than usual. Due to a rule in Italy which imposes a quarantine on travelers from Bulgaria and Romania, the tournament still had to register the package of Simona Halep, the world number two who was to be its headliner. Johanna Konta (14e) also waived. But Petra Martic (15e), Marketa Vondrousova (18e), Maria Sakkari (20e), Anett Kontaveit (22e), Élise Mertens (23e) et Donna Vekic (24e) are there. Without forgetting the French Kristina Mladenovic.

One thing is certain: the organizers are under pressure, because in the event of a cluster, the rest of the season could be written in dotted lines… “I sincerely feel the responsibility to show the whole world that we are ready to make tennis play again. But we have to take all kinds of precautions, tournament director Oliviero told Reuters (…) Read more on sport24.com

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