Danielle Collins dismissed from World TeamTennis tournament for violating COVID-19 protocol

Danielle Collins is no longer participating in World Team Tennis. She was once dismissed from the event in West Virginia after announcing breaking the coronavirus protocols, WTT revealed in a commentary. The Orlando Storm team member left The Greenbrier Resort in addition to the state of West Virginia, which is a violation of the present health and safety protocols in place for the players.

“We have dismissed Danielle Collins (Orlando Storm) for the rest of the 2020 World TeamTennis season after breaking our COVID-19 protocols and leaving The Greenbrier Resort and the state of West Virginia,” WTT said. “The protocols have been put in place and communicated a large number of times to give protection to the health and safety of our players, coaches and staff which are of utmost importance to WTT.”

No further detail was once provided approximately where Collins was once traveling to or why she determined to leave the state.

According to Tennis.com, the Orlando Storm team found approximately approximately the protocol breach on Monday afternoon when she Collins was once not to be had a scheduled COVID-19 test.

She didn’t tell anybody she was once going anywhere. We were having a blood test the day prior to this. In the group chat it’s 3 p.m. and we’re leaving at 3:30 p.m. and she’s like ‘I’m in Charlottesville [Virginia],'” her teammate Tennys Sandgren said.

Storm coach Jay Gooding says he understands the decision WTT had to make. 

“They had no choice but to maintain it like that, from my understanding,” he said. “I think it was once made pretty lucid that people weren’t allowed to leave the property, obviously for safety reasons.”

Gooding told Tennis.com that he believes Collins left the area “for nutritional purposes to receive some food and supplements” and added that she is likely upset approximately the entire thing.

The 26-year-old spoke to CBS Sports prior to arriving at the tournament and expressed the multitude of measures she was once taking to remain secure against the virus.

She drove to the tournament to keep away from flying, bought her own gym equipment all the way through quarantine so she could stay home and was once not visiting friends or leaving her house continuously, she said. Collins, who is immunocompromised, told CBS Sports that the safety measures put in place by WTT made her feel comfortable approximately playing in the tournament.

“There’s such a lot of safety precautions put into place, it will create the utmost protective surroundings,” she said. “And I think everybody can feel comfortable and knowing that we’re doing the correct things to ensure everyone’s secure and healthy.”

WTT’s safety measures include steady COVID-19 tests, temperature checks, limited fans, no contact between players on the court and making certain players stay within the bubble that’s the resort. 

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