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Rome, June 9th, 2022 – Accomplishing the milestone of the 80th edition, the Internazionali BNL d’Italia will become bigger and bigger, offering an even more interesting and rich show to the hundreds of thousands of fans who will attend the magnificent facility located in the Foro Italico Park, as happened in the record edition ended a few weeks ago.
The ATP announced today that, starting from 2023, the Rome ATP Masters 1000 will be one of the three events that will increase its duration from eight to twelve days, having the draw passing from 56 to 96 players. The other two ATP Masters 1000 involved are Madrid and Shanghai, with Montreal and Cincinnati reaching this status in 2025.
Consequently, the prize money will gradually increase by 48% within 2025. Regarding the women’s tournament, talks are underway with the WTA to adapt it to the length and size of the men’s one, in a similar way to same level tournaments.
The 2023 ATP calendar has also been announced today: the 80th edition of the IBI will take place from May 10th to 21st.
Angelo Binaghi, President of the Italian Tennis Federation: “It is a historic milestone we have been chasing for a long time: it had escaped us twice in the past at the very last moment but now, finally, we have got it. The upgrade of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia represents a result that can change the history of tennis in our country. It’s a further recognition of the great organizational ability that the Italian Tennis Federation has shown organizing great events year after year. It’s the confirmation that the Italian system – made of collaboration with partners of great expertise and passion such as “Sport e Salute”, as well as the constant and effective support assured by the Department of Sport of the Italian government – really works. I take this opportunity to thank the ATP President, Andrea Gaudenzi: I am sure that, as an Italian, he will be proud to see how this tournament has grown. The Internazionali BNL d’Italia are the flagship of our tennis, their growth will also benefit our commercial and media partners, giving further impetus to the tennis movement in our country. Furthermore, the chances for our players to stand out and gain experience will increase, accelerating the virtuous circle that is producing a generation of tennis players at the highest levels in the world. At least for a day, let us enjoy the satisfaction of having achieved this goal: from tomorrow on, we’ll be back to work to prepare a tournament that the whole world envies us”.
Andrea Gaudenzi, ATP President: “The growth of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, as other ATP Masters 1000 tournaments, represents a milestone for the ATP circuit. Our long-term strategic vision aims to raise the level of our premium offer and the experience of tennis fans throughout the 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”.
Vito Cozzoli, President and CEO of “Sport e Salute”: “This long-awaited and well-deserved recognition has arrived. For “Sport e Salute”, FIT partner in the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, to have the confirmation of the good organization and quality of the tournament is a reason of pride, as it does the beauty of a magical place like the Foro Italico”.