Ruud, Fognini Eye Strong Clay Finish In Sardinia; All You Need To Know
Casper Ruud looks to finish his 2020 clay campaign on a high note at the Forte Village Sardegna Open, an ATP 250 tournament in Sardinia, Italy. The 21-year-old Norwegian leads the ATP Tour with a 17-5 mark on clay this season, highlighted by his first title in February at the Argentina Open in Buenos Aires (d. Pedro Sousa).
Ruud, who was also a runner-up in Santiago during the Golden Swing, continued his clay success upon the ATP Tour's return from suspension. He reached the semi-finals last month at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome and the Hamburg European Open, respectively losing to eventual champions Novak Djokovic and Andrey Rublev.
Fabio Fognini, the top seed, leads nine Italians in the 28-player draw. Fognini has won eight of his nine titles on clay, including the 2019 Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters, where he upset Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals.
Fast-rising Italian Lorenzo Musetti has also received a wild card for Sardinia. The 18-year-old made headlines in Rome, qualifying for the main draw and recording victories over Kei Nishikori and Stan Wawrinka. Musetti followed that effort by winning his first title on the ATP Challenger Tour.
Here's all you need to know about the Sardinia tennis tournament: what is the schedule, where to watch and more.
Tournament Dates: 12-18 October 2020
Tournament Director: Giorgio Di Palermo
* Qualifying: Saturday - Sunday
* Main Draw: Monday - Sunday at 10:00am
* Doubles Final: Saturday, 17 October
* Singles Final: Sunday, 18 October at 12:00pm
Venue: Forte Village Resort
Prize Money: €271,345 (Total Financial Commitment: €271,345)
Did You Know... The ATP has announced the addition of four new ATP 250 events to the 2020 provisional schedule. In addition to Sardinia, the calendar also features back-to-back tournaments in Cologne, Germany, and the Astana Open in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.
Save the date: from October 12th to 18th, Forte Village will host one of the most prestigious national and international events, organised by the FIT - the #ATP250 tournament.— Forte Village Resort (@Forte_Village) September 11, 2020
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