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The Italian Open is one of the most popular ATP & WTA 1000 clay-court tournaments, especially for Italian fans, as it's the biggest tennis tournament held in their country.

Date: 7 - 19 May
Category: ATP 1000 / WTA 1000
Surface: Clay
Location: Rome, Italy
Venue: Foro Italico
Players: 96 players (ATP Entry List /WTA Entry List)
ATP Prize Money: 7,877,020€ (Distribution Overview)
WTA Prize Money: $3,572,618 (Distribution Overview)
Points: 1000 for champion (ATP / WTA)
Draw: ATP Draw / WTA Draw
Official website: https://www.internazionalibnlditalia.com

The Italian Open is a men’s and women’s clay court competition played in Rome each season. It is one of the most prestigious and fiercely contested competitions on the ATP and WTA Tours. As a result, the Italian Open is ranked as an ATP and WTA 1000 event.

The competition is also called the Internazionali BNL d’Italia and was initially named the Italian International Championships. In 1930, the first Italian Open took place in Milan, where it remained until 1935. Then the competition changed venue to the Foro Italico sports complex, where it is still held today.

As a high-profile tennis event set in one of Europe’s most historic cities, the Italian Open attracts some of the best players in world tennis. But it is also a spectacle for celebrities and public figures to attend each season. In 2023, the Italian Open changed format.

For the first time, the event took place over 12 days, and the draw expanded to 96 singles players. Alongside the main singles competition, a doubles draw of men’s and women’s doubles takes place, with 32 pairs competing.

While some of the best players in world tennis have won the Italian Open, certain players have shown complete dominance at the event. In the men’s competition, Spanish player Rafael Nadal has the record for most wins. Between 2005 and 2021, Nadal won the Italian Open title ten times.

Novak Djokovic has also been extremely successful in Rome, winning six times. In the women’s singles draw, two players have had equal success at the Foro Italico. Former Spanish player Conchita Martínez won four consecutive Italian Opens between 1993 and 1996. However, here, four titles were matched by Serena Williams, who won the tournament on four occasions, with her last victory in 2016.

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