The Italian Open is an annual tennis tournament that takes place in Rome, Italy and is one of the most prestigious claycourt tournaments in the world leading up to the French Open. The men's competition is classified as an ATP Masters 1000 event on the ATP tour, and the women's competition is a Premier Mandatory event on the WTA tour.
Italian Open History
The tournament was founded in 1930 at the Tennis Club in Milan, and was initiated by the Count Alberto Bonacossa. In the inaugural season, Bill Tilden (USA) and Lili de Alvarez (Spain) won in the singles categories of the men's and women's divisions respectively.
Italian Open Prize Money
A total prize money of €4,872,105 has been announced that will be distributed among the different players according to their finishing position at the end of the tournament under the ATP Masters 1000 category. On the other hand, a whopping amount of US$3,351,720 will be given to the players in the Premier 5 category under the WTA Tour.
Italian Open Venue
All the matches of the Italian Open 2020 will take place at the clay (outdoor) courts of the Foro Italico which is situated in Rome, Italy.
Players to watch out for
Some of the top players that will be participating in this tournament include Dominic Thiem (Austria), Novak Djokovic (Serbia), Andy Murray (UK), Rafael Nadal (Spain), Naomi Osaka (Japan), Serena Williams (USA), Venus Williams (USA), Simona Halep (Romania), etc.