The Italian Open, combined ATP/WTA will take place at the Foro Italico from 14 to 21 September 2020. Yesterday the Lazio Region received the protocol that proposes a solution with a maximum of 6200 people per day in compliance with the rules on distancing.
"ATP and WTA have confirmed the new date which is from 14 September to 21 September, this to allow the strongest players, those who go to the semifinals at the US Open, to arrive in Italy and have a few days of preparation.
that those who arrive in the semifinals in New York will automatically have a bye at the tournament in Rome. This means that they will not play before Wednesday and some also on Thursday. This is to allow players to have a few days of rest and above all to have a break interesting between the final in Rome and the start of Roland Garros,"said Sergio Palmieri.
The Italian Open and its rules
He also added: "I would say that we are ready and prepared. It will not be easy because organizing a tournament like Rome which is so important and has so many participants, with all the health problems, is new.
We are preparing and have a proven team. Players arriving from the United States will swab 48 hours before arriving, then as soon as they arrive in Italy they will take another swab and immediately go to the room until the result arrives.
If it is negative they will be able to go out and play the matches." Palmieri also said about the long break that the whole tennis world was forced to: "It is something that the players missed a lot, why stay still so long and then resume playing.
playing at a very high level right away is difficult. This will also show us some surprise results." Considering the new schedule defined by the ATP, we will see if between the Masters 1000 in Rome and Roland Garros a new tournament will be inserted to always play on clay.
Garbine Muguruza: "What domination the Big Three!" Garbine Muguruza talked about Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic and their dominance in the ATP Tour. Winner of one edition of Roland Garros and one of Wimbledon,Muguruza made the final at the last Australian Open in Melbourne.
In her career she won 7 WTA titles and in September 2017 she also reached the first position in the ranking. She said “I think what is happening in the women's Tour is normal”, said Garbine. That is the fact that there is a lot of competitiveness.
However, it is not normal that three of the best players in history live in the same era, as it did on the men's Tour. Usually, when a tennis player starts to lose, she goes down in the ranking and then goes back up when she wins again ”.
In fact, since the 2017 Australian Open, the WTA circuit has known more than ten different Grand Slam champions: all the opposite of the men's one, where since 2005 only eight players have triumphed. Muguruza also spoke of Serena Williams: “Serena's is a separate case.
She is exceptional, what she manages to do is very difficult ." Garbine also talked about Roger Federer's proposal to merge ATP and WTA, Garbine said: “I think a merger of the two organizations would be very interesting.
That would be tempting enough, although I don't know what it would require. I don't even know if there is a more appropriate time to do it. Perhaps, that's exactly what it is."