Halep withdraws from Palermo, organizers 'profoundly disappointed'

Halep withdraws from Palermo, organizers 'profoundly disappointed'

Halep withdraws from Palermo, organizers 'profoundly disappointed'

Recently, the Italian Health Minister, Roberto Speranza, announced that he signed an order imposing quarantine upon entry into Italy for all people who have been in Romania or Bulgaria in the previous 14 days.

Halep "has made a decision to pull out", the Palermo Ladies Open wrote on Twitter.

Tournament director Oliviero Palma said organisers have written an urgent letter to Speranza, asking for exemption for tennis players taking part in the event.

The Palermo Open will be the first WTA Tour tournament since March and Halep is the star attraction in the field.

World number two Simona Halep may not be able to play in next month's Palermo Ladies Open after Italy imposed a 14-day quarantine on people travelling from Romania. Later, in an interview on 26th July, Palmo reiterated, "Following a literal interpretation of the provisions in force, it seems that workers, therefore professional athletes too, should be exempted from the mandatory quarantine".

The Palermo Ladies Open will be the first professional tennis event across the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) and Association Tennis Professional (ATP) after a break of more than five months due to coronavirus pandemic.

Romania's Simona Halep holds up the trophy after defeating Serena Williams of the USA in their Wimbledon women's singles final in London on July 13 past year.

Palermo Open tournament director OIiviero Palma said that the tournament had found out with "great bitterness" that the world number had chose to withdraw. "We are embittered and profoundly disappointed", Palma added.

Four other top-20 players remain entered: Johanna Konta of Britain, Petra Martic of Croatia, Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic and Maria Sakkari of Greece.

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