8.8.2020 11:14 pm
Serena Williams said Saturday she is pressing ahead with plans to play in the US Open despite a wave of player withdrawals from the upcoming Grand Slam event over coronavirus fears.
The 23-time Slam winner returns to tennis next week at the inaugural Top Seed Open WTA event in Lexington, Kentucky, relaunching her season after a six-month hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The stadium announcer at Palermo on Monday wished a warm and welcome return to tennis lovers as the WTA tournament in Italy started five months after the last one, with bottles of hand sanitiser attached to the nets.
Outspoken Nick Kyrgios pulled out of the US Open Sunday, saying he was giving it a miss for “the hundreds of thousands of Americans who have lost their lives”.
A player has tested positive for coronavirus at the WTA Palermo Open, which marks the tennis season’s resumption after a five-month break, the WTA and organisers confirmed on Saturday.
Nick Kyrgios has slammed Borna Coric for having an “intellectual level of zero” after the Croat said he doesn’t care about criticism from the Australian over Novak Djokovic’s ill-fated Adria Tour tennis exhibition.
World number one Ashleigh Barty pulled out of the US Open Thursday over “significant risks” from the coronavirus pandemic in a major blow for the Grand Slam, which is scheduled to start in New York on August 31.
Top-ranked Novak Djokovic and world number two Rafael Nadal have entered the US Open tuneup tournament to be played in New York while Serena Williams is in the women’s field.
Borna Coric fired back at Nick Kyrgios on Tuesday for slamming those who took part in Novak Djokovic’s ill-fated Adria Tour tennis exhibition, calling the opinionated Australian “a general after the battle”.
The WTA Pan Pacific Open in Japan, one of Asia’s top women’s tennis tournaments, has been scrapped for the first time because of the coronavirus, organisers said Tuesday.
Andy Murray is “mentally” planning for next month’s US Open but admits he is apprehensive about the return of tennis following the coronavirus shutdown.
World number two Simona Halep announced Sunday that she will not compete in the Palermo WTA event, which will mark the season’s resumption after a five-month coronavirus suspension.
Simona Halep should be eligible for an exception to compete in the Palermo WTA event, which will mark the season’s resumption after a five-month suspension, despite all Romanians needing to quarantine on arrival in Italy, organisers said Saturday.
Simona Halep’s bid to play the Palermo WTA event, which will mark the season’s resumption after a five-month suspension, could be dashed by demands that all Romanians enter quarantine on arrival in Italy.
All international tennis tournaments in China including the Shanghai Masters and WTA Finals were cancelled Friday because of the coronavirus, the ATP and WTA said.
World number two Simona Halep said Wednesday she will play the WTA Prague clay court tournament in August, adding further doubt to her participation in the US Open.