Italian Open 2023: When is it, who is competing and what is the prize money?
The second Grand Slam of the year is drawing ever closer, and the Italian Open 2023 signposts the last Masters/WTA 1000 event before the tours head to Paris for Roland Garros.
Join Tennishead as we tell you everything you need to know ahead of the iconic tournament.
When is the Italian Open 2023?
Like we saw in Madrid, the Italian Open will become a 12-day event for the first time this year with the WTA main draw beginning on the Tuesday 9th May, before the tournament comes to a conclusion with the men’s singles final on Sunday 21st May.
The day sessions begin 11am local time (10am BST), with the evening sessions commencing from 7pm local time (6pm BST).
Players competing at the Italian Open 2023
Defending champion Novak Djokovic headlines the men’s field, however it is unclear what sort of condition the Serb will be in after he decided to withdraw from the Madrid Open with an elbow injury that he had surgery on back in 2018.
Rafael Nadal remains in the entry list for the event that he has won on 10 occasions, more than anyone else, however the Spaniard has not competed since January when he picked up a psoas injury that he has since been trying to recover from.
However, his coach Carlos Moya has recently stated that the ‘goal’ for Nadal is to return in Rome.
The wildcards have been handed to all Italians with Fabio Fognini, Matteo Arnaldi, Francesco Passaro, Giulio Zeppieri and Luca Nardi all looking to make a splash at their home event.
Here are the ATP seeds for the Italian Open 2023:
|Seed||Name||Current Ranking||Entry Ranking|
|19||Alex de Minaur||19||19|
|21||Pablo Carreno Busta||22||17|
|23||Roberto Bautista Agut||25||29|
|26||Botic van de Zandschulp||29||31|
|32||Alejandro Davidovich Fokina||35||24|
Like with the men’s field, the No.1 and defending champion Iga Swiatek headlines as she looks for success in the Italian capital for a third consecutive year.
The main draw also sees the return of former champions including Karolina Pliskova and Elina Svitolina.
Wildcards have been awarded to all Italians in the women’s draw also with Sara Errani, Lucia Bronzetti, Lucrezia Stefanini, Nuria Brancaccio, Camilla Rosatello, Matilde Paoletti, Diletta Cherubini and Lisa Pigato all taking to dirt in Rome.
Here is the entry list for the WTA main draw at the Italian Open 2023:
*Emma Raducanu withdrew from the tournament after revealing that she would need surgery on both wrists and her ankle.
Last year’s winners of the Italian Open 2023
Unlike in Madrid there were some familiar faces victorious at the Italian Open last year, with Novak Djokovic and Iga Swiatek lifting the singles trophies in Rome.
Djokovic beat Stefanos Tsitsipas, 6-0 7-6(5), in the final to win his sixth crown in Rome after losing the final in the previous year to Rafael Nadal.
Swiatek defended her title in the Italian capital, when she beat Ons Jabeur in the final before going onto win her second Roland Garros title a few weeks later.
Iga Swiatek wins her 5th consecutive title and 28th win in a row dominating Ons Jabeur 6-2 6-2 in Rome final pic.twitter.com/kGvncKCHU1
— We Are Tennis (@WeAreTennis) May 15, 2022
Here is the full list of Italian Open champion’s from 2022:
- Men’s singles – Novak Djokovic
- Women’s singles – Iga Swiatek
- Men’s doubles – Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic
- Women’s doubles – Veronika Kudermetova and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Where is the Italian Open held?
The Italian Open is held in one of the country’s biggest sports complexes, the Foro Italico, headlined by the Campo Centrale.
The venue that sits in the heart of Rome opened in 2010, with the Campo Centrale holding up to 10,584 spectators for 12 phenomenal days of tennis.
Where to watch the Italian Open 2023?
The Italian Open is exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in the United Kingdom.
How many ranking points are on offer at the Italian Open 2023?
|Event||W||F||SF||QF||Round of 16||Round of 32||Round of 64||Round of 96||Q||Q2||Q1|
What is the prize money for the Italian Open 2023?
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Can I purchase tickets for the Italian Open 2023?
Buy tickets for the Italian Open via the tournament website.
How can I follow the Italian Open 2023?
Keep up to date with the Italian Open on the official tournament website and the official tournament Twitter.
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