World’s top tennis players come to Rome.
The 73rd edition of the Rome Master tennis tournament, known officially as the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, is currently taking place at the Foro Italico until 15 May.
The event features some of the world’s greatest tennis stars including current world number one, Serbian Novak Djokovic, as well as Jan Vesely, the young Czech player who recently beat Djokovic in a surprise defeat at Monte Carlo.
Other notable champions include Spain’s Rafal Nadal, who has seven titles under his belt as Rome singles champion, Britain’s Andy Murray, sisters Serena and Venus Williams from the US, Serbian Ana Ivanovic, and top Italian player Francesca Schiavone. Due to injury there is a question mark over whether Switzerland's Roger Federer, currently ranked world number three, will participate.
The annual Rome tournament is played on clay surface across 14 courts: eight for singles and doubles matches, and the other six for practice sessions.
Initially known as the Italian Open, the event was played in Milan from its inception in 1930 before being moved to its present venue in 1934, and becoming an open event in 1969.
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