Combined Roma: Presentation of the tournament
The 79th edition of the BNL D’Italia will be held from May 2 to 15 at the Parco del Foro Italico in Rome. The first matches, including the pre-qualifiers, will be played on Saturday, April 30; Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 qualifiers and 4 matches of the main men’s draw. Final on Sunday 15th May.
Wild Card – The wild cards in the FIT quota will be allocated on the basis of schemes already implemented in previous years, taking into account the ranking and age of the players. They have been selected to enter the women’s draw directly Jasmine Paolini, Lucia Bronzetti and Elisabeta Kokiretto, The latter is recovering from a serious injury. Men will have direct access to the “main draw” Lorenzo Musetti and Flavio Coboli The other two wildcards will be assigned to pre-qualifier finalists, the latter will be used to determine wildcards for the qualifiers.
Tournament Directions – From this edition, historical director Sergio Palmiri, in office since 1999, will join Paolo Lorenzi in the role of deputy director. Lorenzi, 40, ended a competitive career late last year, which saw him finish No. 1 in Italy in 2016 and win two ATP 250 tournaments and 21 ATP Challenger tournaments.
Activities – The main scoreboard matches will be divided into two sessions a day and an evening, which will be limited to the Central Court. All fields will start at 11 o’clock. Central, judged by tennis players and professionals as the stadium with the best visibility in the world, the evening session will begin at 7 p.m .: a men’s and a women’s match will be on the pitch. At the Grand Stand Arena, the program will offer a “long session” (five matches a day starting at 11 a.m.) that will provide fans with a very long and first rate menu. The semi-final and final will be played at Central.
Petrangelli Stadium – It will be open to all ground ticket holders: Monday 9 to Thursday 12 May. There are five singles matches between the men’s and women’s matches. There are four matches scheduled for Friday, May 13, including three for the quarterfinals of the legal women’s draw.
Workouts – In total, Foro Italico has 14 clay courts, of which 8 are for singles and doubles matches and the remaining 6 are for training, which is increasingly attractive to the general public. The training schedule will be available on the big screen of the forum, official website and tournament app
Pre-sale – In total, as of Tuesday 19 April, Presel has already collected 9,096,000 euros, an increase of 11% over 2019, the latest pre-covid version. Tickets for the day sold on April 19 were 78,795, and season tickets were 1,219. Ground tickets for the tournament week are also being sold from today. To purchase tickets and season tickets, simply connect to the dedicated website (https://ticketing.internazionalibnlditalia.com/) and follow the instructions. As every year, about 30 tickets will go on sale at the box office of Foro Italico on Saturday 14th May and Sunday morning 15th May.
IBI Pre-Qualification: World’s Most Participating Tournament – Italy’s BNL Internationals have already begun: what we can define as the world’s most participating tournament involves thousands of tennis players from all categories, from amateur to second division. After a two-year hiatus due to epidemics, FIT is back to host pre-qualifiers for 2022, a series of tournaments across the national territory that will determine the wild card set for internationals. The competitions are reserved for Italian players (an international team capable of representing Italy in the competition) and hold a competitive tennis card valid for 2022. This year the participants were 15,817 (551 more than in 2019). TPRA episode participants need to add this number. Also at Foro Italico, from 30 April to 5 May, two final draws for the men’s and women’s singles for 40 players will be held. These scoreboards will be given access to IBI 2022 thanks to the provision of wild cards for the main scoreboard and the men’s and women’s qualifying scoreboards. A double scoreboard of two pairs of 14 men and women will also be organized. The winning pair in the double draw will receive a wild card for the male main draw and a wild card for the female.
Maximum TV coverage – All fans will be able to enjoy the show on TV for wide coverage. The men’s tournament will be fully visible on Sky, and in addition, one ATP match per day will be broadcast free and live by Mediaset Channel (Italy 1 and Canal 20), and a second ATP match in the evening from Supertenis. The FIT TV channel, a WTA rights holder, will broadcast the women’s tournament matches completely free-to-air and live for the 14th year in a row. The offer will not be limited to the passion of the match: fans will be able to experience the event through study, insights, interviews with the heroes, exclusive tours behind the scenes of the tournament.
Press Release of the Federation