Nadal Seeks Double Digits In Rome; All You Need to Know
The nine-time champion, who has already reached double digits at Roland Garros (13), the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell (12) and the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters (11), will return to Rome with his sights set on a 10th title run at the Foro Italico. Nadal owns a record 63 victories at the ATP Masters 1000 tournament and will be seeking his first trophy in Rome since 2019, when he defeated Novak Djokovic in a three-set championship match.
Djokovic headlines this year’s draw as not only the World No. 1, but also the defending champion. The Serbian captured his fifth Rome title and a record 36th Masters 1000 crown last year with a straight-sets final victory against Diego Schwartzman.
Djokovic and Nadal lead a packed field in the Italian capital, which also includes World No. 3 Daniil Medvedev, two-time Roland Garros runner-up Dominic Thiem and reigning Monte-Carlo champion Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Here's all you need to know about the Rome tennis tournament: when is the draw, what is the schedule, where to watch, who has won and more.
Tournament Dates: 9-16 May 2021
Tournament Director: Sergio Palmieri
Draw Ceremony: Saturday 8 May. 11.30am CEST
* Qualifying: 8-9 May, 10:00am
* Main draw: Sunday 9 May - Sunday 16 May
* Start times: Sunday - Sunday 11:00am and 7:30pm
* Doubles final: Sunday, 16 May, 3pm, CEST
* Singles final: Sunday 16 May
Venue: Foro Italico
Prize Money: €2,082,960 (Total Financial Commitment: €2,563,710)
View Who Is Playing, Past Champions, Seeds, Points & Prize Money Breakdown
Most Titles, Singles: Rafael Nadal (9)
Oldest Champion: Novak Djokovic, 33, in 2020
Youngest Champion: Bjorn Borg, 17, in 1974
Highest-Ranked Champion: No. 1 Ivan Lendl in 1986, 1988; No. 1 Jim Courier in 1992; No. 1 Pete Sampras in 1994; No. 1 Rafael Nadal in 2009; No. 1 Novak Djokovic in 2015, 2020
Lowest-Ranked Champion: No. 47 Felix Mantilla in 2003
Most Match Wins: Rafael Nadal (63)
Singles:  Novak Djokovic (SRB) d  Diego Schwartzman (ARG) 7-5, 6-3 Read & Watch
Doubles:  Marcel Granollers (ESP) / Horacio Zeballos (ARG) d Jeremy Chardy (FRA) / Fabrice Martin (FRA) 6-4, 5-7, 10-8 Read More
Did You Know?
The Foro Italico is also home to the Stadio Olimpico, which hosted the athletics events, as well as the opening and closing ceremonies, at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. The stadium is the current home of Serie A football teams A.S. Roma and S.S. Lazio.