After months of enormous doubts and uncertainties caused by the situation linked to the health emergency, the hopes of fans to attend the Internazionali BNL d'Italia now seem to be extinguished. In fact, the main Italian tournament will be played behind closed doors.
The tournament, which will take place from September 20th to September 27th, will take place without the presence of the crowd: this decision was taken under the vision of the Scientific Technical Committee which would have rejected the prevention measures offered by Federtennis.
The latter had expected a daily presence of about 17 thousand people for the duration of the event. In Italy, the health situation is slowly but progressively worsening: for some weeks we have seen an increase in both the new Covid-19 positives and an increase in people hospitalized in intensive care.
The choice of the tournament board to play without crowds is a necessary precaution for the Italian Open.
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After the problems that arose during the Adria Tour and with the American tournaments that are still being held today with the "Bull" and without any kind of public, the Region and in general in Italy did not feel like inviting the public to the stadiums.
In the next few days we will have to decide what to do with the ticket issue since most of the tickets were sold before the Lockdown. The audience will be missing but there will be no lack of excitement in the Internationals of Rome which this year, except for the absence of the injured Roger Federer, will enjoy the presence of all the top tennis players in curcolazione.
First of all there will be the return of Rafael Nadal, who decided to skip the US Open and in general the whole American tour, but will instead be present on his beloved clay. The Spanish champion will compete for the victory with his eternal rival Novak Djokovic, still unbeaten this year and increasingly number one in the world.
Besides them the other favorite for the final victory of the tournament is the Austrian and world number 3 Dominic Thiem who also usually gives his best on clay. In addition to them, all the main tennis players will be present and also our Matteo Berrettini and Fabio Fognini, both in the world Top 15.
There is a consideration: in France, for Roland Garros 2020 which will start on 20 September, there will be crowd access, a daily number of 5000 people for the various courts of Bois de Boulogne, despite the situation in France. health is really on the verge of a new lockdown.