Swiatek Triumphs In Roman Holiday Fashion

ROME/WASHINGTON, May16, 2021 (by Michael Dickens) No one could have imagined that Sunday’sfinal of the WTA 1000 Internazionali BNL d’Italia, which featured two players who saved match points en route to reaching the championship match at Rome’s Foro Italico, would […]

Can Pliskova-Swiatek Become Rivalry Like Djokovic-Nadal?

ROME/WASHINGTON, May 16, 2021 (by Michael Dickens) As the men’s and women’s finals of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia take place Sunday in the Eternal City of Rome, each presents a contrasting difference regarding the sense of rivalry. The women’s final […]

Nadal’s Expectations For Rome Title Remain Alive

ROME/WASHINGTON, May 15, 2021 (by Michael Dickens) When in Rome, do as the Romans do – don’t bet against Rafa Nadal. As it is advisable to follow the conventions while in the Italian capital city, a bet for Nadal to […]

Pliskova’s Roman Romp Lands Her In Final

ROME/WASHINGTON, May 15, 2021 (by Michael Dickens) There’s something about Rome that always seems to agree with Karolina Pliskova. Whether it’s the clay or the Foro Italico atmosphere – or even a chance to enjoy Roman sights like the Vatican […]

Barty Retirement Advances Gauff To Rome Semis

ROME/WASHINGTON, May 15, 2021 (by Michael Dickens) It’s an extraordinary occurrence when World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty retires from a match. It rarely happens – the last time was three years ago in Strasbourg – and when it does, know […]

Clay Is Not Opelka’s Thing, But He Keeps Winning

ROME/WASHINGTON, May 14, 2021 (by Michael Dickens) Reilly Opelka has reached his first ATP Masters 1000 semifinal at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia – and he’s done it on a surface that’s not exactly dear to him or most other American […]

Nadal Wins Roman Battle Against Shapovalov

ROME/WASHINGTON, May 14, 2021 (by Michael Dickens) Each year, our love affair with Rome grows as the bond gets stronger and stronger. What a difference a day at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia made with the return of fans at Foro […]

Podoroska Beats Serena: ‘It’s A Special Win’

ROME/WASHINGTON, May 13, 2021 (by Michael Dickens) Throughout their nearly-two-hour match, Nadia Podoroska looked comfortable on the red clay of Foro Italico’s Center Court. Serena Williams did not. Although the 23-time Grand Slam champion has thrice won titles on clay […]

When Djokovic Traded Tennis For Family Time

ROME/WASHINGTON, May 12, 2021 (by Michael Dickens) World No. 1 Novak Djokovic loves to hike, loves to spend as much time as possible in nature – forests, lakes, mountains, rivers. “You know, I try to be, whether it’s with my […]

This Week On The ATP Tour – CW18

STARNBERG, May 9, 2021 Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal headline the field at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, where they have combined to win 14 of the past 16 editions of the tournament. World No. 1 Djokovic is making his first appearance since his […]