The roof on the Central Court at the Foro Italico that has been hosting the ATP and WTA Rome Open for more than 60 years will be built within 2019, the Italian tennis federation chief Angelo Binaghi said in an interview to Corriere della Sera newspaper. 'In recent years the Central Court, that is owned by Italian Olympic committee already hosted other activities beyond tennis in a very successful way,' said Binaghi. 'For us the roof is very important.
It gives us the certainty of playing all the time also when it rains. And especially the project would allow us to have 1,500 more seats in a packed venue. The idea of making Central live the whole year is good, it means that you can make more money too.' If on one hand it would mean no rain delay, on the other more sports activities can be hosted at the venue throughout the year.