Foro Italico, Nadal, Djokovic: 13 questions about the 2021 Rome Masters

Foro Italico, nine-time champion Rafael Nadal, defending champions Novak Djokovic & Simona Halep – all you need to know about the 2021 Rome Masters

Rome Masters 2020 AI / REUTERS / PANORAMIC

What are the dates of the 2021 Rome Masters?

The 2021 edition of Internazionali BNL d’Italia or the Italian Open, a combined men’s and women’s event, is scheduled to be held from May 9 to May 16. The men’s event is an ATP Masters 1000 series event while the women’s event is a WTA 1000 series event.

Where will the Rome Masters be held?

The Internazionali BNL d’Italia, known as the Italian Open, is held 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. The tennis courts are right next to Rome’s Olympic Stadium.

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

On which surface is the Rome Masters played? 

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

Which are the main courts of the Italian Open? 

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 be hosted on the 12 secondary courts. None of the courts is covered. However, the Centre Court is equipped with floodlights, allowing night sessions to be scheduled.

Who are the Rome Masters defending champions? 

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the tournament was postponed from its original slot in May to September in 2020. World No 1 Novak Djokovic defeated Diego Schwartzman 7-5, 6-3 to win the men’s singles title – the 81st of his career.

Simona Halep won the women’s singles title when Karolina Pliskova retired while the Romanian led 6-0, 2-1.

In doubles, the pair of Marcel Granollers/ Horacio Zeballos won the men’s event while Su-wei Hsieh/ Barbora Strycova won the women’s title.

Who has won the Rome Masters most number of times? 

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

Who were the previous winners of the Rome Masters? 

Over the last 10 years, the winners in the men’s singles have been:

  • 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

In the women’s singles, the winners over the past decade have been:

  • 2020 – Simona Halep
  • 2019 – Karolina Pliskova
  • 2018 – Elina Svitolina
  • 2017 – Elina Svitolina
  • 2016 – Serena Williams
  • 2015 – Maria Sharapova
  • 2014 – Serena Williams
  • 2013 – Serena Williams
  • 2012 – Maria Sharapova
  • 2011 – Maria Sharapova

How many ranking points can players win at the Italian Open?

For men, as for the other Masters 1000, ATP points are awarded as follow:

  • Title: 1000 points
  • Final: 600 points
  • Semi-final: 360 points
  • Quarter-final: 180 points
  • Round of 16: 90 points
  • 2nd round: 45 points
  • 1st round: 25 points

For the women, WTA points for the WTA 1000 in Rome are awarded as follows:

  • Title: 900 points
  • Final: 585 points
  • Semi-final: 350 points
  • Quarter-final: 190 points
  • Round of 16: 105 points
  • 2nd round: 60 points
  • 1st round: 1 point

Will the tournament be played behind closed doors?

The first round is likely to be played behind closed doors, but there are rumours that after that, limited numbers of fans will be allowed in. Tickets for the 2021 edition are being sold on the tournament website. However, there could be last-minute changes (as seen in several events in recent months) that could make the tournament go behind closed doors.

How to get tickets for the Rome Masters?

Tickets for the Italian Open are available on the tournament website.

What is the draw size of the tournament? 

The men’s draw will feature 56 singles players and 32 doubles teams. Meanwhile, the women’s event will feature 64 singles players and 32 doubles teams.

The dates for the draw ceremony will be announced closer to the start date.

How to watch the Rome Masters on TV?

Tennis Channel is the official broadcaster of the Rome Masters in the United States. In France, you can watch the men’s tournament on Canal+, Eurosport. ESPN International is the official broadcaster in South America. Amazon Prime holds broadcasting rights in the United Kingdom. For other regions, you can check out the schedule on the ATP Tour website.

As per the WTA Tour website, WTA events are broadcast on the Tennis Channel in the United States, and beIN network in France (awaiting confirmation from the organizers whether this applies to the Rome Masters as well) 

Can I follow the tournament on social media?

Yes, you can follow the Rome Masters on InstagramTwitter and Facebook.

Note – Information on the 2021 prize money and the quarantine rules for the players are yet to be confirmed by the tournament organizers

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