Angelo Binaghi, the President of the Italian Tennis Federation, has said that he was confident that the Internazionali BNL d'Italia (Italian Open) tournament could be played in September this year.
The Italian Open, which was won by Rafael Nadal last year, was scheduled to be held in May
The 2020 Italian Open, which is a combined ATP & WTA clay court tournament, was scheduled to be held on May 11 but was called off after the tennis tour was shutdown due to the current pandemic.
Speaking to SuperTennis, Binaghi says, "It is a very intense, fruitful conversation. We are also fortunate to have at this time a president and a CEO of the ATP who are two valid fellow countrymen. In particular, Andrea Gaudenzi has a direct, very frequent relationship with us.
Soon, very short, we will know,. 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. They tell me, especially the Romans, that it is an extraordinary season, the best time to play tennis.
Certainly better than mid-May, what would have been the natural date without the Coronavirus emergency. Soon I will also have an interview with the Minister of Sport. I will try to understand in what terms we will be able to make our audience enjoy this great edition."
The organization of the event also depends on the calendar of the ATP & WTA Tours and the Grand Slam bodies. The French Open is also scheduled to be held towards the end of September and the US Open is scheduled to be held at the end of August as of now, though there are many challenges and uncertainties about the tournament schedule for the rest of the year.
The ATP has said it would announce an updated calendar by the middle of June for the rest of the season. Spain's Rafael Nadal, ranked No. 2 in the world, won the Italian Open men's singles title last year while Czech Karolina Pliskova, ranked No.
3 in the world currently, won the women's singles title in 2019. The men's doubles event was won by Juan Sebastián Cabal and Robert Farah while the women's doubles event was won by Victoria Azarenka and Ashleigh Barty.