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The men’s competition is an event on the ATP tour ( it stays for Association of Tennis Professionals).
The two competitions are held in separate weeks in May.
The men’s competition will be held from May 3rd (with the singles qualifying) to May 11th, while the women’s competition will be held from May 10th to May 18th(with the final).
The tournament is played on clay courts. It is considered by many tennis fans to be the second most prestigious clay court tennis tournament in the world, after the French Open.
From 1930 to 1934 the Italian tennis championship was held in Milan; in 1935 it was moved to the Foro Italico in Rome. But from the following year to 1949 there weren’t held any events. It resumed in 1950 and in 1969 it became an “Open” event. It was known as the Italian Open until 2001; in 2002 it changed its name and now it is known as the Internazionali BNL d’Italia.
This year all the best tennis players will compete in Rome, making the 2008 Internazionali BNL d’Italia one of the biggest editions which have ever been played. Infact, the first 44 players in the ATP ranking and 28 of the first 30 players in the WTA ranking will compete in the 2008 Internazionali d’Italia.
Concerning the women’s competition, last year Jelena Jankowic took the Rome title without losing a set, becoming the Queen of Rome.
She defeated world number 2 Svetlana Kuznetsova for 7-5/6-1.
Chris Evert is the player who has won more Rome titles(five), even if Conchita Martinez was the only one to win four consecutive titles.
As regards the men’s competition, in 2007 Rafael Nadal defeated Fernando Gonzalez 6-2, 6-2 in the final. He has won three consecutive Rome titles; no one has been able to do the same in the Open era.
Even if he is “only” ATP World number 2, he has demonstrated his clay-court strength.
Before Nadal, the last winner in Rome was the Spanish Carlos Moya who defeated the Argentinian David Nalbandian in the final in 2004.
If you happen to be in Rome in May, do not miss this sports spectacle. This is an amazing tennis show, that will bring excitement, joy and happiness with a real competition spirit. Book your stay in Rome and straight away to the courts.