Italian Open tennis to have spectators from last-16 onwards

The May 8-16 event will feature COVID-19 precautions such as social distancing, face masks and sanitisers.

Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome will have 25% capacity crowd.   -  AP

This year's Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome will have 25% capacity crowd from the last-16 stage onwards, Sport Undersecretary Valentina Vezzali said on Tuesday.

The May 8-16 event will feature COVID-19 precautions such as social distancing, face masks and sanitisers.

"It is the responsibility of the local health authorities to define the details of the operational aspects useful for a better implementation of the measures for the prevention and containment of the infection," Vezzali said in the statement.

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The Coppa Italia football final between Juventus and Atalanta on May 19 will have fans present, with 20% of the stadium capacity open to the public.