Rome becomes again the world capital of tennis: until May 20, the Foro Italico will host the 75th edition of the Internazionali Bnl of Italy, the most important one in Italy: it is part of the Master 1000 men’s event and sees the world’s best tennis players.
More than 200,000 spectators are expected to attend the event. Every day, around 11.00 am, minor matches will start, and give way at 12.00 to the main ones. On Centre Court, the evening session will also be held at 7.30 pm. The most important matches will start on May 12, when draws will take place. The two finals will be held on May 20 and 21.
All the big names in tennis will be there, stars like Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Raonic, Wawrinka and Nishikori and, among Italians, Paolo Lorenzi, Fabio Fognini and Andreas Seppi.Absent instead, Andy Murray, still recovering after January right hip operation and Roger Federer. Among women tennis stars, Garbine Muguruza, Angelique Kerber and Italian Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci. Much awaited also the return of Maria Sharapova. Serena Williams, a big passionate of the capital, will also take part in the event.
Among young talents, the spotlight will be on three promises. Two are American: Frances Tiafoe, a 20-year-old tennis player from Hyattsville, Maryland, which in February won his first Atp career title in Delray Beach, and peer Taylor Fritz, from Racho Santa Fe in California, who disputed the first Atp final in Memphis at 18 years old. Finally the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, 19-year-old from Athens.
How can you watch the Internazionali BNL of Italy on television? The coverage of the main draw is organized by Sky, which dedicated two channels to the event. The women’s tournament will be covered by Supertennis, which also follows the first knockout round of pre-qualifications and all the qualifications. Sky Go will provide live streaming of the men’s tournament, supertennis.tv pre-qualifications, qualifications and the women’s tournament.
To celebrate the great sporting event from Saturday, May 12, through Sunday May 20, a special corner curated by the Gazzetta dello Sport and Rinascente will be available, proposing an exclusive schedule that will make you get into the spirit of the event. On Thursday the 17th, at approximately 4.30 pm, journalist Gianni Valenti, Deputy Editor of the Gazzetta dello Sport, will interview Roberta Vinci, winner of 10 WTA tournaments and finalist in a Grand Slam women’s singles, and so far the first and only Italian tennis player to have won at least one tournament on all surfaces: cement, clay, grass and synthetic hard court. And there’s more: other important events are planned in the following days, including interviews with other international big names. A hostess will distribute copies of the Gazzetta and its magazine G throughout the day, and will invite customers to participate to some fun table tennis games. An appointment that true sports fans should not miss. In addition, on the -1 floor at Rinascente in Roma Tritone, at customer service, a ticket office will sell tickets for the event, while in the exhibition area of the store, the Gazzetta dello Sport lounge has been inaugurated. Rinascente will also be present on the court with an exclusive lounge at the Foro Italico.