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A superb field of players is set to compete in Rome for the 2021 edition of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia. 44 of the best 45 male and all top 41 female players will fight on the iconic red clay of the Foro Italico from May 9th to May 16th. It is an absolute stellar set of champions returning to Rome in the usual May slot for this 78th edition of the Internazionali. Simona Halep and Novak Djokovic who will try to defend the title they won only a few months ago, during the exceptional Autumn edition of the tournament in 2020. Both will have a large and fierce pool of competitors standing between them and the title.
Rafael Nadal is returning to Rome hungry to avenge the result from last year and his qualities on clay do not need further explanations, with his record 61 career titles on clay, 13 of them coming from Roland Garros and 9 in Rome. On the other hand, world number 3, Daniil Medvedev is looking for his best feelings on the surface. Despite Roger Federer’s absence, the top seeds on the ATP side are all looking like potential winners: US Open champion Dominic Thiem, 2017 Rome winner Alexander Zverev, rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andrey Rublev and 2020 finalists Diego Schwartzman will be to upset “Nole” and “Rafa”. Home hero Matteo Berrettini will be leading an Italian squad looking as strong as ever with Fabio Fognini, Jannik Sinner and Lorenzo Sonego all directly qualified to the main draw.
On the WTA side, Halep managed to finally crown “a dream” by winning the elusive title in Rome last autumn, but to try and defend it this spring, she will have to come on top of a field missing no one of the top women of the tour. World number 1, Ashleigh Barty, is coming to Rome in hot form, while Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka on the contrary is looking for confirmations on clay ahead of Roland Garros. But the pool of contenders is so wide it feels difficult to limit it to a few names: Sofia Kenin, two-time Rome champion Elina Svitolina, Bianca Andreescu, Garbine Muguruza, Viktoria Azarenka, Aryna Sabalenka and obviously Serena Williams are all potential winners, just like Roland Garros reigning champion Iga Swiatek.
ANTI COVID-19 MEASURES – All male and female players will be tested every 4 days starting from their arrival in Rome, as per ATP and WTA safety protocols. There are two official hotels, one per gender, where players will have to remain throughout the event whenever not on site at the Foro Italico.
PRESTIGIOUS SPONSORS –Together with the traditional sponsors, this year, the tournament welcomes Reale Mutua, the biggest Italian mutual insurer. The company will be an official sponsor for the next three years thanks to an agreement with the Italian Tennis Federation. Mobility will be provided by BMW, while the following sponsors have all been confirmed from the past year: Rolex, Australian, Dunlop, Emirates, FedEx, Algida, Valmora, Red Bull, Ricoh, EMU, Herbalife, Frecciarossa, Ticketone e Technogym.
WEBSITE, APP AND SOCIAL MEDIA – All channels will amplify the visibility of the event. Our official website and app will provide an endless source of news, info and curiosities from inside and around the tournament. The social media channels of the tournament will also be regularly active during the event, working together with the national federation and Italian tennis channel “SuperTennis”. WTA matches will be streamed live on SuperTennis and Intanzionali BNL d’Italia Facebook pages. The newly re-designed APP will provide unique chances to feel like on-site even from afar. Among the numerous new features, the chance to access virtually to some areas reserved to athletes is one of the most fascinating.
VIRTUAL MEDIA ROOM – Due to the rigorous limitations imposed by the anti COVID-19 measures, the access to the Foro Italico will be once again limited to journalists. Just like in 2020, all media representative who obtain an accreditation will be able to access a Virtual Media Room. Thanks to the collaboration with ATP Media and WTA Media, they will be able to watch all live matches and press conferences, as well as to access documents, press releases and transcripts. Journalists will be allowed to ask questions to athletes during the press conferences only via remote, as protocols do not allow any direct contact between players and members of the media.