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Rome to exceed 5,000 spectators a day during tournament
The Internazionali BNL d'Italia outlined their planned attendance numbers ahead of the final major clay-court tournament before Roland Garros.
Published May 05, 2021
Starting from the round of 16, the ATP Masters/WTA 1000 in Rome event will be allowed to have up to 25% capacity—or around 5,000 spectators—on its busiest days next week, government officials have said.
The crowds will be allocated among the Foro Italico's three show courts and the grounds, with different entrance points and fixed seating. The plans were approved by Minister of Sport Valentina Vezzali, who spoke to press at the tournament. "With the [Italian] International, sport reopens to the public. We have worked hard for this achievement," she said.
"It will show everyone—starting with tourists—that our country is returning to normal," said tournament director Angelo Binaghi.
Play will start at 10 a.m. and night sessions at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. because of the curfew.
The combined ATP and WTA tournament has already sold excess tickets for some days, and plans on giving refunds where required.
The 2020 tournament was initially postponed to September and, after playing out most of the event without fans, allowed 1,000 spectators to watch the semifinals and championship matches.