With Turin ready to welcome the best tennis players in the world in November between the ATP Finals and the Davis Cup, the city of Rome also wants to make a good impression in the spring. The Internazionali d’Italia will start from 9 to 16 May, a historic 'combined' tournament held on the red clay of the Foro Italico.
The entry list of the men's tournament has been announced, which will feature - as eight months ago - the best tennis players in the world. The news is that Roger Federer will be missing for the second consecutive year.
After his return to Rome in 2019, the Swiss decided to skip the appointment with the Forum again this year. His physical condition is too uncertain following the stop caused by the knee surgery. The Federer seen in Doha above all needs to train, less to put games in the legs.
Hence the decision, for now, not to play in Rome. The earth, however, remains a surface that could help him, not stressing the joints as much as concrete. In fact, Roger is still on the entry list of the Mutua Madrid Open (30 April-9 May), a tournament that suits his characteristics a bit more since he is played on high ground and can play a few exchanges more quickly.
If he decides to definitely skip the season on clay, he should return in June for the ATP 500 in Halle, where it seems almost certain that he will participate despite the absence of the public. Raul Zurutuza, the tournament director (TD) of the Mexican Open, recently talked about how happy he would be if both Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer both play at his event someday.
Zurutuza talks about Roger Federer
"It would be incredible to have Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in the same year," Raul Zurutuza said. "Have you heard about the divers in Acapulco? They are very famous, because there is a cliff, where there are divers who throw themselves from very high into the water.
I tell you something - if Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal play together in Acapulco one day, I will jump off the cliff into the sea." Rafael Nadal pulled out of this year’s Mexican Open amid some controversy surrounding his appearance fee.
"If you asked me this question 10 years ago, I would have answered that the difference was between selling tickets or not selling them," explained Zurutuza. "Having a figure of the caliber of Rafa ensures you sell many tickets.
But to this day, ticket sales, fortunately, have been maintained. We found out a couple of years ago," Zurutuza added. "Just before the tournament presentation press conference, Rafa was injured at the US Open and we could not confirm it. Despite this, in 20 days more than 60% of the tickets had been sold."