Italian Open 2020 Announces Surprising News for Fans

Published 09/18/2020, 7:16 AM EDT
Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – September 15, 2020 Empty seats are seen during the first round match between Argentina’s Facundo Bagnis and Russia’s Andrey Rublev Pool via REUTERS/Riccardo Antimiani


The organizers of the French Open 2020 recently decided to allow fans to attend matches. Now, the ongoing Italian Open 2020 will replicate that this weekend. The Italian Open will have upto 1,000 spectators in the stadiums for the semi-finals and finals of the event.

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The Italian Minister of Sport, Vincenzo Spadafora, made the announcement on Friday. This is another step in the gradual re-introduction of fans to tennis events in Europe during the clay-court season.

Spadafora said that rules are in place for social distancing, wearing masks, and more.

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Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – September 17, 2020 General view after the lights went out during the second round matches Pool via REUTERS/Angelo Carconi

Italian Open 2020 – first big event with fans

“Finally, starting from the semifinals and finals of the International Tennis Championships, a thousand spectators will be able to attend all the sporting competitions that will be held outdoors. And that will scrupulously respect the rules provided for spacing, masks, seat reservations,” Spadafora said in his statement.

“A first, but significant step towards the return, hopefully soon, to normality in sport. I hope that all the necessary actions will be carried out more quickly to make the decision immediately applicable,” he added.

Minister Spadafora explained how they made the decision. “From the discussion with the representatives of my offices, the conditions emerged for a further study of the issues concerning the sports world and for sharing our point of view. With regard to the need not to differentiate between cultural events and sporting events. It is emphasized in the note,” he explained.

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – September 16, 2020 General view of empty seats Pool via REUTERS/Riccardo Antimiani

French Open limits fan attendance

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The French Open reduced the number of fans allowed for the event, to 5000. Earlier, the event planned to host up to 11,500 fans daily for the matches. This included up to 5,000 fans in ‘zones’ around Court Philippe Chatrier and Court Suzanne Lenglen.

The remaining 1,500 fans in the zone on Court Simonne-Mathieu. They canceled these plans due to constantly rising cases of coronavirus in Paris.

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The Italian Open is the first major tournament to have fans since the restart. The US Open 2020 was a closed-doors event.

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Aayush Majumdar is a NASCAR content strategist, a Tennis Writer, and a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. He is well-tenured as a tennis and NASCAR writer, with over 900 articles across both sports. After pursuing a Post Graduate program in Sports Management, Aayush explored various roles in Sports Media, including a Sports Reporting role at a leading English daily.

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