Raducanu’s Romania run to be in front on empty stands

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Oct 23 (Reuters) – There will be no followers to cheer Emma Raducanu when she performs in Romania, the house nation of her father, subsequent week after a authorities choice compelled the organisers to host the WTA 250 match with out spectators due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Oct. 25-31 Transylvania Open in the Romanian metropolis of Cluj-Napoca will showcase a bunch of main champions together with native hope Simona Halep, Garbine Muguruza of Spain and U.S. Open winner Raducanu.

The match may have spectators throughout the qualifying matches on the weekend however followers won’t be allowed from Monday as per the federal government mandate.

“Due to a last moment government decision, we are sadly forced to host Transylvania Open without any fans,” the organisers stated on social media.

“We did our absolute best to be prepared with the safest possible event in these special circumstances, following all the rules and the safety procedures, and we were confident in our ability to deliver it.

“Now we’re extremely unhappy to not have you ever, our mates, in the stands.”

Britain’s Raducanu, 18, who was born in Canada to a Chinese mother and a Romanian father, had said she was eagerly waiting to participate in the tournament and it would be a special moment for her to play in front of Romanian fans.

Romania has seen an unprecedented surge in COVID-19 fatalities recently with new daily cases soaring towards 19,000 this week.

Tennis events were mostly played behind closed doors in 2020 during the pandemic but fans have been allowed to return to stadiums this year.

Tournaments in the United States, including the U.S. Open major, required fans to bring proof of their COVID-19 vaccination in order to enter the facilities.

Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly in Mumbai; enhancing by Kim Coghill

Oct 8, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Emma Raducanu (GBR) hits a shot against Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) at Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

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