Italian Open

Italian Open: Latest News, Results and Records

The Italian Open Tennis tournament, known as the Rome Masters or Italian International Championships, is sponsored by Internazionali BNL. As a result, it has taken on BNL’s name. The tournament is primarily played on clay at the Foro Italico in Rome.

An empty tennis court in Rome
Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – General view during the match between Ukraine’s Dayana Yastremska and Italy’s Camila Giorgi Pool via REUTERS/Riccardo Antimiani

It was first held in 1930, and the inaugural winners were Bill Tilden and Lili de Alvarez. Since its inception, the venues have changed from Milan to Rome to Turin and finally back to Rome.

In terms of points awarded, since it is a Premier 5 event. 900 points are awarded to the winning WTA player. On the other side of the fence, the winning ATP player is awarded 1000 points, as it is a Masters 1000 event.

Previous Winners (ATP)

Past 17 Years

Carlos Moya 2004
Rafael Nadal 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2018, 2019
Novak Djokovic 2008, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2020
Andy Murray 2016
Alexander Zverev 2017
Rafael Nadal at Italian Open 2020
Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – Spain’s Rafael Nadal in action during his quarter final match against Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman Pool via REUTERS/Clive Brunskill

Previous Winners (WTA)

Past 17 Years

Amelie Mauresmo 2004, 2005
Martina Hingis 2006
Jelena Jankovic 2007, 2008
Dinara Safina 2009
Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez 2010
Maria Sharapova 2011, 2012, 2015
Serena Williams 2013, 2014, 2016
Elina Svitolina
2017, 2018
Karolina Pliskova 2019
Simona Halep 2020
Simona Halep with the winner trophy at Italian Open 2020
Tennis – WTA Premier 5 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – September 21, 2020 Romania’s Simona Halep as she celebrates winning the final with the trophy after Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova retired from the match after sustaining an injury Riccardo Antimiani/Pool via REUTERS

Italian Open Schedule

The Italian Open is usually scheduled during mid-May.

Italian Open Records

To date, Rafael Nadal is the most successful player, with nine titles under his belt. In the WTA, Chris Evert is the most successful player, with 5 Italian Open wins.

Rafael Nadal is also the only ATP player to be in the most finals, namely 10. Meanwhile, Chris Evert has played in most WTA Finals, with seven under her belt.

Nadal even holds the record for the most consecutive titles, with three. On the WTA side, Conchita Martinez has racked up four consecutive titles.

Italian Open 2020

The 2020 event was moved from the original May window and followed the French Open 2020 into the September window this year. All of this was because of rescheduling due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The event was held behind closed doors for most of its duration. However, the Italian Government allowed a limited number of fans to attend the semi-finals and finals.

The 2020 edition was held 14-21 September

Italian Open 2020 prize money

The Italian Open 2020 saw the men’s singles champion take home €205,200 and the women’s singles champion earned €205,190.

The finalists took home €150,000 each.

The total prize money pool for the 2020 edition was €3,465,045 for men’s singles and doubles. It was €1,692,169 for women’s singles and doubles.

2020 champions

Men’s singles – Novak Djokovic d. Diego Schwartzman 7-5, 6-3

Women’s singles – Simona Halep d. Karolina Pliskova 6-0, 2-1 ret.

Men’s doubles – Marcel Granollers/Horacio Zeballos d. Jeremy Chardy/Fabrice Martin 6-4, 5-7, (10-8)

Women’s doubles – Hsieh Su-Wei/Barbora Strycova d. Anna-Lena Friedsam/Raluca Olaru 6-2, 6-2

Current Prize Money €3,465,045 (men), €1,692,169 (women)
Number of Entries (Main Draw) 56
Number of Entries (Qualifying) 6
Number of Seeds 16
Court Type Clay
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