Coronavirus: BNL International Tennis Tournament suspended

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The Rome Master 1000 will not take place from 4–17 May 2020.  ATP, WTGA, ITF, USTA and Tennis Australia agreed: Tennis suspended till June 7th

We had all started the countdown for the 77th BNL International Tennis Tournament, the most prestigious red clay tennis tournament in the world after the French Open, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, the tournament has been suspended.

The BNL International Tennis Tournament sees the top names in tennis coming to duke it out on the clay courts of Foro Italico, an historical stadium built for the Olympic Games of 1960.  This is one of the best events in Rome and this fabulous competition combines men and women’s tournaments, usually giving us two weeks of intense tennis under the glorious sunshine of May.

Spectators admire Nadal, Djokovic, Zverev, Del Potro, the next gen Tsitsipas and many more top players, and applauding the female protagonists including Serena Williams and Elina Svitolina, who won the last two editions.

The tournament is one of the three ATP Masters 1000 events contested on clay, but the event is more than just tennis; it is a total entertainment experience. High fashion, fine food, fabulous shopping and celebrity musical performances have made the tournament one of the most glamorous stops on the ATP Tour. Rafael Nadal has won a record eight titles in Rome.

But the Internazionali BNL d’Italia will not take place on the scheduled date, from 10 to 17 May. The joint statement by ATP & WTA says: “After careful consideration, and due to the continuing outbreak of COVID-19, all ATP and WTA tournaments in the Spring clay-court swing will not be held as scheduled. This includes the combined ATP/WTA tournaments in Madrid and Rome, along with the WTA events in Strasbourg and Rabat and ATP events in Munich, Estoril, Geneva and Lyon. The professional tennis season is now suspended through 7 June 2020, including the ATP Challenger Tour and ITF World Tennis Tour. At this time, tournaments taking place from 8 June 2020 onwards are still planning to go ahead as per the published schedule.”

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From May 4 till May 17, 2020

SUSPENDED

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