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.
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.
Past 17 Years
|Rafael Nadal||2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2018, 2019|
|Novak Djokovic||2008, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2020|
Past 17 Years
|Amelie Mauresmo||2004, 2005|
|Jelena Jankovic||2007, 2008|
|Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez||2010|
|Maria Sharapova||2011, 2012, 2015|
|Serena Williams||2013, 2014, 2016|
|Elina Svitolina|| |
The Italian Open is usually scheduled during mid-May.
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.
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
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.
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|