With the countdown to the start of the 79th edition of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, taking place at the Foro Italico of Rome between May 2nd and May 15th, the event was presented during a press conference at the Stadio Olimpico. Many personalities attended, including Federazione Italiana Tennis president – Angelo Binaghi -, undersecretary to the premiership with sports mandate – Valentina Vezzali -, President and CEO of Sport e Salute – Vito Cozzoli -, and the most decorated tennis player of Italian history – Nicola Pietrangeli- who is also honorary president of the tournament.
The edition of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia that is about to begin marks the return of the big public to the stands of the Foro Italico. After two years of major limitations in the capacity, during which the tournament still had the opportunity to keep its place in the calendar, the crowd will be allowed back in with no restrictions in the numbers, though all security and health measures in place will be respected: for this very reason, the selling of Ground Tickets has just been opened for the main draw match-days.
The response from fans can already be seen as extraordinary with an increase of 11% in the presale compared to 2019, setting a good ground for a record edition when it comes to ticketing.
For the 12th consecutive time, the tournament organized by FIT and Sport e Salute will run as a “combined event”, which means that Men and Women matches will alternate on the courts.
As of today, 8 of the best 10 players in the ATP singles rankings and all the best 10 ranked women in the WTA rankings have confirmed their participation in Rome. This includes both world number ones: Novak Djokovic (Serbia) and Iga Swiatek (Poland).
Among the national heroes that will fire up the local crowd, Jannik Sinner, Lorenzo Sonego, Fabio Fognini, and among women, Camila Giorgi, have all qualified for the main draw by their rankings.
The Wild Cards that can be assigned by FIT have been decided via the already-applied formula that considers the rankings placements and the age of players. For this reason, main draw Wild Cards for the women have been granted to Jasmine Paolini, Lucia Bronzetti and Elisabetta Cocciaretto, the latter recovering from injury. On the men’s side, Lorenzo Musetti and Flavio Cobolli received two, while the remaining two will be given to the finalists of the pre-qualification tournament, which is also granting places to the qualification draws.