Simona Pulls Out of Tennis Tournament Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Simona Halep is a Wimbledon champion. She recently withdrew from a tennis tournament, Palermo Ladies Open in Italy because of a drastic increase in COVID-19 cases across Romania.

She seems to be worried about international air travel. It is the first official tennis tournament that is set to take place during the pandemic.

Halep Follows Quarantine Order of the Italian Ministry

She skipped the Palermo Ladies Open that will commence from August 3 by following an authoritative order issued by the health minister of Italy. According to the WHO, there were over 213 confirmed cases in Romania per day on July 14, but now the cases have increased to 1,000. Till now, the country has recorded over 2150 deaths and 42,000 cases.

In a press release, Simona Halep states that with the rise in the number of COVID cases, there is an increase in her anxiety to travel internationally. Which is why she has made a tough call. She is thankful to the Italian Minister and tournament director for taking efforts against the crisis on her behalf.

On July 24, the Health Minister of Italy announced a fourteen-day quarantine for the individuals who will be travelling from Bulgaria and Romania. However, according to the tournament director, this rule would not be applicable to the people who are participating in any kind of tournament.

Oliviero Palma is the tournament director. According to him, they all are disheartened by the decision taken by Halep. On July 25, they informed the Halep’s staff about the fact that all the experienced players are not compelled to quarantine.

Ruggero Razza is a Regional assessor of Health. She has shared a letter to Halep explaining that the rule of fourteen-day quarantine is applied to everyone except workers and professional tennis players. She also stated that Halep can refer to a health counsellor in her religion.

The staff of Halep is still firm on their final decision. She will not travel to Italy and play the tournament. This decision has made them disheartened too.

Simona Halep was going to become the headline participant of the clay-court tournament. It is the first professional event of tour-level tennis that was halted for five months due to the COVID19 pandemic.

The other four top-20 professionals remain enrolled for the events. It includes Maria Sakkari from Greece, Petra Martic from Croatia, Johanna Konta from Britain and Markéta Vondrouová from the Czech Republic.

Another Withdrawal by Simona Halep

A month back, Simona Halep confirmed to the media that she won’t be taking part in the United States Open due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She also revealed that this year, she will play in Europe while withdrawing from all the events that will take place in China and the US where the crisis started.

She raised her concern for this crisis. She said that it is a serious situation and everyone should take the necessary precautions. She is not ready to take part in any of the tennis tournaments until the pandemic. Many organizers and sponsors are keen to conduct tournaments after so long, but the professional players who will be participating in this event will be at high risk.

However, it totally depends on the choice of players if they would like to continue the tournament. It is important to know that each player has their different needs and they have to make a vital decision about their career and health.

An Australian tennis player, Ashleigh Barty also concluded that she is equally concerned for the US open which would begin in August. She concludes that tournaments must conduct while ensuring the safety of the players.

The director of the US Open tournament confirms to commence the tournament and engage a large number of audiences.

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