Italian Open 2023: Preview, Where to watch, Dates, Schedule, Seeds, Live Streaming details

Beginning in 2023, the ATP Masters 1000 events in Rome, Shanghai, and Madrid will all be spread out over two weeks, making them 12-day events like the Masters 1000 competitions in Indian Wells and Miami.

Rafael Nadal has won the Italian Open 10 times and this is his fourth clay court title that he has won 10 times or more. (Image credit: ATP Tour Twitter)
By Nilavro Ghosh | May 10, 2023 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

The Italian Open, formerly known as the Italian International Championships, is a tennis competition held in Rome, Italy. With the men’s competition being an ATP Tour Masters 1000 event on the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) tour and the women’s competition technically being a WTA 1000 event on the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) tour, it is one of the most significant clay tennis tournaments in the world. In 2011, the two occasions were combined. On clay courts, the competition is currently held the second week of May. The competition is additionally known as the “Rome Masters” for men’s edition and the “Internazionali BNL d’Italia” sponsored name. A record ten times, Rafael Nadal has won the men’s singles championship.

Count Alberto Bonacossa founded the Italian tennis championship, which was first played in 1930 in Milan at the Tennis Club. Bill Tilden and Lilvarez took first place in the singles competition at the tournament. Up until 1934, the championships were held in Milan. The celebration was moved to Rome’s Foro Italico the following year, in 1935. Between 1936 and 1949, there was no edition. In 1950, the competition was restarted. The 1961 competition took place at the Sporting Club in Turin.

The ATP calendar for the upcoming year underwent some changes, which were announced in June 2022. Beginning in 2023, the ATP Masters 1000 events in Rome, Shanghai, and Madrid will all be spread out over two weeks, making them 12-day events like the Masters 1000 competitions in Indian Wells and Miami.

Schedule and Dates

The 2023 Italian Open will have seven rounds of play excluding the qualifying rounds. These are the round of 128, round of 64, round of 32, round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals. The main draw of the tournament is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, May 10 and conclude on Sunday, May 21. Here is the round-wise schedule of the ATP 1000 event.

Tournament stageDates
Round of 128May 9-May 12
Round of 64May 11-May 13
Round of 32May 13-May 15
Round of 16May 15-May 16
Quarter-finalsMay 16-May 18
Semi-finalsMay 18 (women’s), May 19 (men’s)
FinalMay 20 (women’s), May 21 (men’s)

Top seeds


Novak Djokovic has been seeded first in the 2023 Italian Open followed by a man in red hot form, Carlos Alcaraz. The likes of Daniil Medvedev, Casper Ruud, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev also feature in the top 10. The seeds also feature some of the best young talents in world tennis today including Alcaraz, Holger Rune and Jannik Sinner among others.

1Novak Djokovic
2Carlos Alcaraz
3Daniil Medvedev
4Casper Ruud
5Stefanos Tsitsipas
6Andrey Rublev
7Holger Rune
8Jannik Sinner
9Felix Auger-Aliassime
10Taylor Fritz
11Frances Tiafoe
12Karen Khachanov
13Cameron Norrie
14Rafael Nadal
15Hubert Hurkacz
16Alexander Zverev
17Tommy Paul
18Lorenzo Musetti
19Alex de Minaur
20Borna Coric
21Pablo Carreno Busta
22Daniel Evans
23Roberto Bautista Agut
24Denis Shapovalov
25Sebastian Korda
26Botic van de Zandschulp
27Francisco Cerundolo
28Sebastian Baez
29Grigor Dimitrov
30Miomir Kecmanovic
31Yoshihito Nishioka
32Alejandro Davidovich Fokina


As expected, the top two spots are taken by Iga Swiatek and Aryna Sabalenka respectively. Both players are in a tremendous run of form and seem to be developing a feisty rivalry. Despite their lack luster performances of late, the likes of Jessica Pegula, Ons Jabeur and Caroline Garcia also feature in the top five.

1Iga Swiatek
2Aryna Sabalenka
3Jessica Pegula
4Ons Jabeur
5Caroline Garcia
6Coco Gauff
7Elena Rybakina
8Daria Kasatkina
9Maria Sakkari
10Barbora Krejcikova
11Veronika Kudermetova
12Beatriz Haddad Maia
13Karolina Pliskova
14Victoria Azarenka
15Ekaterina Alexandrova
16Liudmila Samsonova
17Magda Linette
18Martina Trevisan
19Madison Keys
20Donna Vekic
21Jelena Ostapenko
22Zheng Qinwen
23Anastasia Potapova
24Bianca Andreescu
25Elise Mertens
26Jil Teichmann
27Marie Bouzkova
28Bernarda Pera
29Petra Martic
30Anhelina Kalinina
31Irina-Camelia Begu
32Marta Kostyuk

Prize money & points

RoundPrize Money (in euros)Ranking Points
Round of 168490090
Round of 324883545
Round of 642704525
Round of 961634010

Where to watch

Australia – beIN Sports

Canada – TVA Sports, DAZN, TSN

India – Sony LIV

UK – Amazon Prime Video

US – Tennis Channel

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