PALERMO: Tour-level tennis resumed after a five-month enforced break on Monday, and gamers on the Palermo Women Open needed to deal with their very own towels and never shake fingers of opponents. The strict guidelines due to the coronavirus included […]
The strict guidelines due to the coronavirus included no showers on web site, and no autographs or images with followers. Gamers within the singles most important draw come from 15 international locations, all in Europe.
A restricted variety of followers had been allowed into the 1,500-seat stadium courtroom and needed to observe social distancing measures.
They watched sixth-seeded Donna Vekic of Croatia beat Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands 6-1, 6-2 in windy situations within the first official match – for males or girls – since early March.
“I am positively completely satisfied I did not overlook how you can play tennis, how you can play matches, how you can win,” Vekic mentioned in a video convention. “It is an enormous aid so I am actually completely satisfied proper now.
“It was positively a bit unusual. I used to be actually nervous yesterday, much more at the moment, however after the primary few video games I simply form of relaxed and I used to be centered.”
Vekic sealed a spot within the second spherical on her second match level, breaking for the sixth time within the match when Rus hit a forehand extensive.
Vekic will subsequent face both Polona Hercog or Elisabetta Cocciaretto. However past this week she has little concept if her plans may change because the pandemic continues to have an effect on occasions worldwide.
Vekic is hoping to compete within the U.S. Open, the place she reached the quarterfinals final yr, and the French Open in addition to Rome.
“Issues are altering each week so I believe we simply should take it week by week and attempt to adapt as finest as we will, and hope to play as a lot as we will,” Vekic mentioned. “The uncertainty offers everybody quite a lot of nervousness.”
The U.S. Open is scheduled to start Aug. 31, and the French Open from Sept. 27.
Gamers and anybody who comes into contact with gamers had been examined for COVID-19 earlier than they departed for Palermo, upon arrival, after which once more each 4 days.