WTA Tour returns with Palermo Open to mark new normal amid pandemic

Nearly five months after the sport was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, Donna Vekic became the first player to win a main draw match in the COVID-19 era, beating Arantxa Rus 6-1 6-2 in the first round of the Palermo Ladies Open on Monday.

Martic: Privilege to be back on court

Top seed Petra Martic said it would be a privilege to be back on court at the Palermo Ladies Open, which marks the return of the professional tennis season on Monday after shutdown due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Osaka will play in U.S. Open

Naomi Osaka will play in next month’s U.S. Open in New York, the 2018 champion’s management team has told JJA Sport Studio.

Djokovic, Nadal and Serena enter U.S. Open tune-up

Former champions Novak Djokovic, Rafa Nadal and Serena Williams have all entered next month’s Western & Southern Open in New York, which will serve as a tune-up for the U.S. Open, tournament organisers said on Wednesday.

Kerber looks to rekindle success with coach Beltz

Angelique Kerber has parted ways with Dieter Kindlmann and rehired Torben Beltz as her coach, the former world number one’s management team have said, restoring a partnership that helped the German win two of her three Grand Slam titles.

2021 Australian Open: Smaller crowds, player bio-security

Australian Open organizers have settled on a plan to host the 2021 tournament complete with bio-security and fewer spectators.

Halep's Palermo appearance in doubt after Italy's quarantine order

The upcoming Palermo Ladies Open could lose its biggest draw in world number two Simona Halep after Italy decided to impose a mandatory quarantine of 14 days for people coming from Romania and Bulgaria amid the coronavirus pandemic.

ATP, WTA cancel China events, including Shenzhen Finals

The two main tennis tours on Friday cancelled all of their remaining tournaments in China for this year, including the flagship WTA Finals, in the wake of the country’s ban on international sporting events due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

WTA chief hopes Palermo Open will provide blueprint for 2020

WTA chief Steve Simon cannot wait for the Tour to get back up and running in Sicily next month and hopes the Palermo Open will provide a blueprint for tournament operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Palermo Open will bear losses to get Tour going again

The Palermo Ladies Open will lose money when it gets the WTA Tour going again next month but tournament director Oliviero Palma says they will carry that burden to prove professional tennis can resume safely.

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