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Rome could be rescheduled, says Italian Tennis Federation

Rome could be rescheduled, says Italian Tennis Federation

FIT President Angelo Binaghi is hoping to hold the join ATP and WTA event before the rescheduled French Open.

The Italian Tennis Federation (FIT) wants to hold the ATP and WTA events in Rome during the season, preferably before the newly rescheduled French Open.

The ATP Masters 1000/WTA Premier 5 event was among the many suspended by the coronavirus pandemic, which has affected Italy more than any European country. The French Open has said it plans to be held a week following the US Open, starting on September 20.

''We plan to reschedule the Internazionali d'Italia this year," Italian Tennis Federation (FIT) President Angelo Binaghi told Sky Sports 24. "We would like to be one of the lead up events for the French Open. We would like to have it in Rome, but are willing to have it at any time, and on any surface."

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The clay-court tournament is the source of most of the FIT's earnings, and one of the biggest tour events, featuring 128 main-draw WTA and ATP players. 

The FIT also announced that it plans to provide 3 million Euros in funding to clubs and leagues to restart activities, on top of expected government funds.

All events until the grass season (June 8) have been cancelled or postponed. The tours and other Grand Slams have not officially announced any adjustments, aside from Roland Garros.