Elena Delle Donne, the league’s reigning most precious participant, stated she had been denied a medical waiver for the W.N.B.A.’s abbreviated season, which begins July 25.Had she acquired the waiver, Delle Donne, who has struggled with Lyme illness for greater than a decade, would have been in a position to sit out whereas nonetheless being paid for the season. Now if she chooses to not play, she won’t be paid.Delle Donne made the revelation to ESPN. She stated she had not but decided on whether or not to play. She is the star participant for the defending champions, the Washington Mystics.The resolution to disclaim her the waiver got here from a panel of docs, chosen collectively by the league and the gamers’ union. Delle Donne stated her private doctor had suggested her to not play due to an elevated danger of contracting and struggling issues from Covid-19.“I love my team, and we had an unbelievable season last year, and I want to play,” she instructed ESPN. “But the question is whether or not the W.N.B.A. bubble is safe for me.”The league has not commented on Delle Donne’s case. It ordinarily doesn’t touch upon issues like this due to medical privateness points.The W.N.B.A. plans to maintain its season in Bradenton, Fla. Like different skilled leagues, it’ll take a look at gamers for the coronavirus, hold them in a “bubble” to cut back the chance of transmission and never enable followers at video games.Despite such precautions, quite a few gamers in varied sports activities, together with some stars, have determined to not play of their makeshift seasons. Among them are Megan Rapinoe of the National Women’s Soccer League, Ryan Zimmerman and David Price of Major League Baseball and Wilson Chandler of the N.B.A.The W.N.B.A.’s common season, shortened to 22 video games per group, will run till Sept. 12 with playoffs to observe.Delle Donne, 30, is maybe the largest star within the league. A 6-foot-5 ahead who’s notably cellular for her top, she spent 4 seasons in Chicago earlier than transferring on to Washington in 2017, culminating in her second M.V.P. Award and first league title final season.Delle Donne has been a high-profile participant since highschool. After initially planning to play for powerhouse Connecticut, she opted to go to Delaware to stay nearer to home. She led the usually unheralded Blue Hens to the ultimate 16 in her senior 12 months, and was chosen second over all within the W.N.B.A. draft in 2013.She is uncommon amongst W.N.B.A. stars in that she has not performed very a lot for groups abroad, the place the gamers usually earn the majority of their revenue.A Mystics teammate, Tina Charles, has additionally utilized for a waiver to skip the season. She and Delle Donne weren’t with the group in Florida whereas they awaited the panel’s selections. Teams that lose gamers to medical waivers won’t be permitted to signal replacements.