There are more and more question marks behind the resumption of the tennis season. As the WTA announced on Saturday, an unnamed player was tested positive for the corona virus at the hard court tournament in Palermo (LIVE on TV on SPORT1 + from Thursday), but had no symptoms.
The event in the capital of Sicily, where qualifications are on the weekend, is the first official tournament after the five-month Corona mandatory break, but according to the WTA it should take place as planned. German players are not at the start in Palermo.
Only in the past few days Wimbledon champion Simona Halep (Romania) had canceled her start in Palermo. She withdrew her participation at the restart not only because of “the recent surge in COVID 19 cases” in her home country, as ranked second on Twitter, but also because of her “concern about international aviation.
Player concerns about US Open
The incident in Sicily also casts another shadow over the hosting of the US Open. Despite the renewed rise in the number of corona infections in New York, the organizers continue to believe that the Grand Slam tournament will be held as scheduled.
However, there are many players who have serious concerns about participating. Most recently, world number one Ashleigh Barty (Australia) was the first prominent player to cancel her start out of fear of being infected with COVID-19.