J&T Banka Ostrava Open 2020: Marketa Vondrousova ruled out of the tournament

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J&T Banka Ostrava Open 2020: Marketa Vondrousova ruled out of the tournament

Marketa Vondrousova is out of the J&T Banka Ostrava Open 2020 after having tested positive for Covid-19. The tournament posted a tweet on its official Twitter account confirming Vondrousova’s unavailability. In its tweet, the tournament posted, “Sad news for Czech fans.

Marketa Vondrousova had to pull out at the last minute because her COVID-19 test came out positive. "I'm disappointed, but there's nothing I can do. I feel quite good, so hopefully it will stay that way," said Vondroušová.

GET WELL SOON, Maky!” On her personal Instagram account, Vondrousova posted about her testing positive for the virus. Although the post has since been deleted, in it she had shared, "I was really looking forward to playing in Ostrava.

The organizers worked really hard making this tournament happen. But unfortunately, today, I tested positive for Covid-19 and will have to withdraw. This comes at a very bad timing and I am sad that I won't be able to participate.

I wish the players and the tournament organizers a successful week." The tournament will be played from 19th-25th October.

J&T Banka Ostrava Open 2020: Johanna Konta also pulls out of event

Vondrousova’s exit from her home event has come a few days after the tournament received an exemption from the Czech government authorities to host the event after curfew measures were imposed in the country to control the spread of the Coronavirus in the country.

Clarifying that the tournament would indeed proceed as intended, the event posted a confirmatory tweet. “EXEMPTION APPROVED! We received an official exemption which allows us to make the tournament as planned despite the extraordinary COVID restrictions”.

Vondrousova, who is ranked 20th in the world, last played the French Open where she lost in the first round to eventual champion Iga Swiatek. The Czech, however, had entered the 2020 French Open draw as the defending finalist.

In 2019, Vondrousova had reached the Roland Garros final, losing eventually to the reigning world no. 1, Australia’s Ashleigh Barty. Barty had decided against defending her title because of the ongoing pandemic. Prior to skipping the French Open, Barty had also opted out of playing the American swing that culminated with the US Open.

Meanwhile, another player has also withdrawn from the Ostrava Open. Great Britain’s Johanna Konta, ranked 13th in the world, has also reportedly withdrawn from the event. Konta has cited risk about the Coronavirus as her reason for not travelling to Ostrava.

Consequently, this also marks an end to Konta’s 2020 season. The Briton’s last tournament came in Paris, at Roland Garros. She lost in the first round to the United States’ Coco Gauff. Meanwhile, world no. 6 and the Czech Republic’s top-ranked player, Karolina Pliskova will lead the field at the J&T Banka Ostrava Open 2020.