10 questions about the 2021 Internazionali BNL d’Italia: Prize money, history, tickets…

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Where does the Internazionali BNL d’Italia take place?

The Internazionali BNL d’Italia, for Italian Open, an ATP Masters 1000 and WTA Premier tournament, is held in Italy on the courts of the Foro Italico sports complex. Located in the north of Rome, in the Della Vittoria district, the complex was built between 1928 and 1938, during the Fascist period, and hosted the 1960 Olympic Games. Tennis courts are thus right next to Rome’s Olympic Stadium.

The stadium’s address is: Viale del Foro Italico, 00135 Roma RM, Italy. 

When does the 2021 Internazionali BNL d’Italia take place?

After last year’s move to September because of the Coronavirus pandemic, this year’s event is back in its rightful springtime place. The 2021 edition will take place from May 8 to May 16. The women’s events begin on May 8 while the men’s get under way on May 9.

On which surface is the Internazionali BNL d’Italia played?

The Internazionali BNL d’Italia is played on clay courts, outdoors. It is the third and last clay-court Masters 1000 of the season, after those in Monte-Carlo and Madrid.

Which are the main courts of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia? What is the size of Rome’s centre court?

The three main courts are the “Centrale”, the “Grandstand”, and the “Pietrangeli”. The Centre Court has 10,500 seats. The Grandstand has a capacity of 5,000 seats. The Pietrangeli court has 3,720 seats, and is famous for being surrounded by statues. Up to 6,000 people can mass on the 12 secondary courts. None of the courts is covered. However, the Centre Court is equipped with a floodlight, allowing night sessions to be scheduled. 

Will the 2021 Internazionali BNL d’Italia have fans?

Due to Coronavirus restrictions in Italy, there will be no fans for the first two rounds. However, from the last 16 onwards, up to 20 percent of the capacity crowd will be allowed through the gates.

Rome central court can host 12,500 fans.

Who are the Internazionali BNL d’Italia defending champions?

In men’s singles, world No 1 Novak Djokovic beat Diego Schwartzman 7-5, 6-3 to win the title. Schwartzman had beaten Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals.

In the women’s singles, Simona Halep took the title when Czech Karolína Plíšková retired injured, trailing 6-0, 2-1.

Who has won the most titles in Rome?

In men’s singles, Spain’s Rafael Nadal holds the record for most titles, with nine crowns, having played 11 finals. In women’s singles, American Chris Evert won the most titles: she is a five-time champion, having played seven finals. 

Rafael Nadal, 2019 Rome Masters 1000's winner

Who were the previous winners of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia

Over the last 15 years, in the men’s singles : 

  • 2020 – Novak Djokovic
  • 2019 – Rafael Nadal
  • 2018 – Rafael Nadal
  • 2017 – Alexander Zverev
  • 2016 – Andy Murray
  • 2015 – Novak Djokovic
  • 2014 – Novak Djokovic
  • 2013 – Rafael Nadal
  • 2012 – Rafael Nadal
  • 2011 – Novak Djokovic
  • 2010 – Rafael Nadal
  • 2009 – Rafael Nadal
  • 2008 – Novak Djokovic
  • 2007 – Rafael Nadal
  • 2006 – Rafael Nadal
  • 2005 – Rafael Nadal

In the women’s singles : 

  • 2020 – Simona Halep
  • 2019 – Karolína Plíšková
  • 2018 – Elina Svitolina
  • 2017 – Elina Svitolina
  • 2016 – Serena Williams
  • 2015 – Maria Sharapova
  • 2014 – Serena Williams
  • 2013 – Serena Williams
  • 2012 – Maria Sharapova
  • 2011 – Maria Sharapova
  • 2010 – Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez
  • 2009 – Dinara Safina
  • 2008 – Jelena Jankovic
  • 2007 – Jelena Jankovic
  • 2006 – Martina Hingis
  • 2005 – Amélie Mauresmo

How can I get tickets for the Internazionali BNL d’Italia?

Tickets for the Rome Masters 1000 and WTA Premier are available on the tournament website. It offers primary tickets. Some official tickets resellers can also provide you tickets. Tickets will only be available from the last 16 due to Coronavirus restrictions.

What is the Internazionali BNL d’Italia chedule?

The tournament takes place over eight days, excluding qualifying. The Masters 1000 tournament starts on the first Sunday, and the WTA Premier tournament starts on Monday. Semi-finals of the singles tournaments take place on Saturday, and the finals on Sunday. Quarter-finals are usually played on Friday, and the round of 16 on Thursday.

How big are the draws at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia

Both men’s and women’s singles draws feature 56 players. In both draws, the first eight seeds are exempt from the first round. The draw ceremony took place on the Saturday before the tournament begins.

When are the qualifying rounds?

Italian Open qualifiers usually take place on the weekend before the tournament begins. For both men and women, qualifiers have eight spots in the main draw.

What is the prize money at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia

The total prize money of the Rome ATP Masters 1000 is 2,082,960 euros, a reduction of almost 40 percent on 2020. The winner will receive 245,085 euros. The total prize money in the women’s event is 1,577,613 euros, a reduction of just under 7 percent on 2020. The women’s champion will receive 178,630 euros, down almost 13 percent from 2020.

How many ATP and WTA points do the winners of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia earn?

Rome Masters 1000 awards ATP Points as follow: 1000 points for the winner, 600 for the runner-up, 360 for the semi-finalists, 180 for the quarter-finalists, 90 for the players ejected in the Round of 16, 45 for the players eliminated in the second round, 10 for the players defeated in the first round.  

For the women, WTA Premier tournament in Rome awards WTA points as follows: 900 points for the winner, 620 for the runner-up, 395 for the semi-finalists, 225 for the quarter-finalists, 125 when ejected in the round of 16, 70 for the players eliminated in the second round and 1 for the players defeated in the first round.  

Karolína Plíšková poses with the trophy in Rome in 2019.

How can I watch the Internazionali BNL d’Italia on TV?

Tennis Channel is the official broadcaster of the Rome Masters 1000 in the United States. In France, you can watch the men’s tournament on Eurosport. ESPN International is the official broadcaster in South America. Amazon Prime holds broadcasting rights in the United Kingdom.

To watch the Rome WTA Premier, turn on Tennis Channel in the United States, and BeIN SPORTS in France. 

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