A few days after the conclusion of the seventy-ninth edition, the Internationals of Italy they look more and more like a Grand Slam tournament. Rome similar to Wimbledon. At the Master 1000 of the Foro Italico 96 players (no longer 56) will compete in twelve match days. Only one round of matches less than the most important tennis tables, which count 128 participants.
The ATP has announced that the one in Rome will be one of the three Masters 1000 – the others are Madrid And Shanghaiwith Montreal And Cincinnati that will reach this status after another two years – which, from 2023, will see its duration lengthened from eight to twelve days and grow its scoreboard from 56 to 96 players.
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The prize pool will also grow: it will gradually increase by 48% by 2025. As regards the women’s tournament, talks are underway with the WTA to adapt it to the length and size of the men’s one. The ATP has also announced the calendar of the 2023 circuit: the 80th edition of the Internazionali will take place from 10 to 21 May 2023.
Binaghi: “Result that changes the history of Italian tennis”
“It is a historic milestone, which we have been pursuing for a long time – he explains Angelo Binaghi, president of the Italian Tennis Federation -. He had escaped us twice in the past at the very last moment but now, finally, we made it. The upgrade of the Internazionali d’Italia represents a result that can change the history of tennis in our country. It is confirmation that the Italian system, made up of collaboration with highly professional and passionate partners such as Sport and Health and the constant and effective support that the government’s Department of Sport works. The Internazionali d’Italia are the flagship of our tennis and their growth will also benefit our commercial and media partners, giving further impetus to the tennis movement in our country “
Gaudenzi: “Great tennis for fans all year round”
For Andrea Gaudenzi, president of the ATP, “the growth of the Internazionali, together with that of other Masters 1000, represents a milestone for the ATP circuit. Our long-term strategic vision aims to raise the level of our premium offering and the experience of tennis fans throughout the competitive season. We are thrilled to be able to offer even more action in these events from next year and many more opportunities for our players. “
Cozzoli: “A confirmation of the quality of the tournament”
Satisfied too Vito Cozzoli, president and CEO of Sport and Health: “There is a much awaited and equally deserved recognition. Also for Sport e Salute, partner of Fit in the Internationals of Italy, it is a pride to have the confirmation of the goodness of the organization and of the quality of the tournament. And the beauty of a magical place like the Foro Italico “.
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