Palermo, July 26, 2020 – Simona Halep has decided not to play at Palermo Ladies Open. It has been communicated by the Romanian player’s manager, Virginia Ruzici, who explained that the decision is due to the anti-COVID provisions that impose quarantine to all the people coming from Romania or Bulgaria.
“We found out with great bitterness the decision of world number 2 to cancel her participation to the 31st Palermo Ladies Open – said the tournament’s director, Oliviero Palma. Yesterday we were optimistic, and we had informed Halep’s staff about the fact that professional players are not obliged to quarantine. Regional assessor of Health Ruggero Razza, who we thank for his promptness and clarity, had directly sent to Halep an official communication explaining how the Ordinance of the Ministry of Health was not to be applied to workers, therefore neither to professional tennis players. Nevertheless, Halep’s staff only communicated us the final decision, frustrating all our efforts. We are embittered and profoundly disappointed”.

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