"We learned with great regret about Simona Halep's decision to unsubscribe from the scoreboard of the 31st Palermo Ladies Open. Until yesterday we were optimistic and we had detailed the Halep staff in detail that professional players should not be quarantined.
The Regional Councilor for Salute, Ruggero Razza, whom we sincerely thank for the timeliness and clarity of the matter, has sent an official communication directly to Halep explaining how the Ministry of Health Ordinance did not apply to female workers, and therefore also to professional players.
Halep staff put us in front of the fait accompli thus nullifying all our efforts. We are embittered and deeply disappointed, "said Oliviero Palma, director of the Palermo Ladies Open. Tennis will restart with an official competition from Palermo, after more than five months of stop due to lockdows across the world for the spread of the global Covid-19 Pandemic.
After all this time of fears, uncertainties and hopes, the desire for tennis is very strong and can beat all fears, if the organization works perfectly.
the restart of tennis, among doubts, fears and hopes
It will be an opportunity to finally see an official tournament and all the security protocols: if all goes well then we will have a clue that the season will be able to resume more serenely, despite the fact that coronavirus cases are on the rise both in Italy, Spain and Francuia, as well as in the USA, South America and India.
In the meantime, after Simona Halep, Johanna Konta will also not participate in the Palermo Open. The British tennis player has decided to give up and focus on the International in Lexington, Kentucky. Natural replacement for the WtTA in Washington, a tournament that should form the backdrop to the double-stage of Flushing Meadows with the Western & Southern Open of Cincinnati and of course the US Open.
The management of the Palermo Ladies Open has made it known that the first players who arrived in Sicily are undergoing serological tests and swabs. Same fate for all staff members and professionals. The tournament will begin on August 1st.
There is a lot of expectation from the media, insiders and fans for the restart of tennis after the long and painful stop. There is a desire to start again, but obviously also many fears and many fears. But even if many team sports have now restarted the official competitions, even and above all tennis can be considered ready to start again.