Rome Masters Tennis
The Rome Masters is one of only three ATP World Tours Masters held on clay. Played at the famous Foro Italico Club just outside of Rome the style and culture of the Rome Masters is glamorous and unique. There is with plenty going on off the court along with the fast-paced style of the action on the court. Don't forget to pack your most elegant clothes and get tickets at StubHub.
Rome Masters History
The Foco Italia Club in Rome hosts the Rome Masters and has done since the 1930s but it didn't permanently do so until 1987. It became a championship open to professionals in 1969 once recommencing in 1950 after stopping in 1936. The competition now hands out over €7 million in prize money over the exciting 8 days that are usually held in May each year.
Austrialia dominated the competition in the 1960s with 6 of the 10 wins going to Australian players Rod Laver, Marty Mulligan, Tony Roche and John Newcombe. It is no surprise to learn that in recent years Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic were kings of the Rome Masters, but Andy Murray recently put an end to their 11-year rule. Australia was a dominating force for the women's singles in the 1960's with Lesley Turner and Margaret Smith winning 5 times between them. More recently Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams have regularly gone on to win the tournament.
A Glamorous Event
Andy Murray disrupted the winning streak of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in 2016 on his 29th birthday when he beat Novak Djokovic. Andy Murray won 6-3 6-3 and this was the first time he had beaten Novak Djokovic on a clay surface.
Rome Masters tickets are always in high demand for this popular glamorous event. The Foco Italia Club is outside of the centre of Rome and has easy links to the entertainment of city centre. During the Rome Masters, the Foco Italia Club holds concerts in the swimming pool complex and has provision to entertain over 40,000 children across the tournament.
Similiar Tennis Masters
There are three ATP World Tour Masters held on clay like the Rome Masters. The prestigious French Open offers fast-paced tennis. The Monte-Carlo Masters is held on clay as well and offers a chance to soak up the glamour of the principality. Other opportunities to watch fast-paced clay surface tennis are the Madrid Open, the Barcelona Open and Copa Claro held in Buenos Aires.