Italian Open to be played in Rome in September, says federation president

This year’s edition of the Italian Open had been scheduled to start at the Foro Italico on May 11, but was called off because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Clay Court

The Internazionali BNL d’Italia is likley to be held in September. (Representative Image)   -  AP

Italian tennis federation president Angelo Binaghi said he was confident that the ATP and WTA Rome clay-court tournament could now be played in September.

This year’s edition had been scheduled to start at the Foro Italico on May 11, but was called off because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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“I think that, barring major upheavals, we are going to reorganise the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in September, between the middle and the end of the month,” Binaghi told SuperTennis.

Binaghi said he would meet shortly with Italian Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora to discuss ways to “allow the public enjoy this great event“.

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The tournament would, however, overlap with the French Open at Roland Garros which begins on September 20, with qualifying the week before.

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