A new Italian quarantine rule signed into law on Friday could prevent Simona Halep from returning to tennis in August at Palermo.

The WTA No. 2 Romanian looks set to fall victim to a regulation from Italian health minister Roberto Speranza which decrees 14 days of isolation for visitors who have been in Romania for the previous two weeks.

Halep has spent her entire tennis COVID-19 lockdown at home in Romania and had been touted as the main name for the resumption of WTA play in the Sicilian capital after five months of virus shutdown.

 “Today I signed (the) ordinanze,” a tweet from the minister said, adding: “This measure has already been in place for arrival from outside the EU and (visa-free) Schengen.”

Halep may have to shift her return to the Prague WTA event the week after Palermo’s August 3 start. She has almost definitively ruled out risking travel to the US for the US Open, still due to start on August 31 in the world virus hotspot.


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