The Italian Open, also known as the Rome Masters and the Italian Championships, is an annual tennis tournament held in Rome, Italy. It is the most prestigious clay tennis tournament in the world, after, of course, the French Open. In fact, it is generally used as the lead up tournament to the French Open; given the court surfaces are the same. As of 2014, the prize money for the tournament was $3,3m for the ATP and $2m for the WTA.
The first ever Italian Open was held in Milan at the Tennis Club Milano and was won by American Bill Tilden and Spaniard Lili Alvarez. It was held in Milan up until 1934, when it was moved to the Foro Italico in Rome. Since then, the tournament has been shifted numerous times, until it finally returned to Rome in 1987.
Since its inception, the tournament has been dominated by many great players. In the 60’s, it was Australian Marty Mulligan. In the 90’s, Jim Courier and Peter Sampras shared the limelight. More recently, the event has been ruled by one man, the ‘King of Clay’ himself, Rafael Nadal. There has been no other player that has won more titles (seven), and played in more finals (nine), than Nadal. He was the first men’s competitor to win three titles in a row (2005-07) and to compete in six consecutive finals (2009-2014). In the women’s competition, American Chris Evert has been the star performer. She won a total of five titles, and competed in seven finals, between 1974 and 1982.
|YEAR||MEN'S WINNER||MEN'S RUNNER UP||WOMEN'S WINNER||WOMEN'S RUNNER UP|
|2015||NOVAK DJOKOVIC||ROGER FEDERER||MARIA SHARAPOVA||CARLA SUAREZ NAVARRO|
|2014||NOVAK DJOKOVIC||RAFAEL NADAL||SERENA WILLIAMS||SARA ERRANI|
|2013||RAFAEL NADAL||ROGER FEDERER||SERENA WILLIAMS||VICTORIA AZARENKA|
|2012||RAFAEL NADAL||NOVAK DJOKOVIC||MARIA SHARAPOVA||LI NA|
|2011||NOVAK DJOKOVIC||RAFAEL NADAL||MARIA SHARAPOVA||SAMANTHA STOSUR|
|2010||RAFAEL NADAL||DAVID FERRER||MARIA JOSE MARTINEZ SANCHEZ||JELENA JANKOVIC|
|2009||RAFAEL NADAL||NOVAK DJOKOVIC||DINARA SAFINA||SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA|
|2008||NOVAK DJOKOVIC||STANISLAS WAWRINKA||JELENA JANKOVIC||ALIZE CORNET|
|2007||RAFAEL NADAL||FERNANDO GONZALEZ||JELENA JANKOVIC||SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA|
|2006||RAFAEL NADAL||ROGER FEDERER||MARTINA HINGIS||DINARA SAFINA|
|2005||RAFAEL NADAL||GUILLERMO CORIA||AMELIE MAURESMO||PATTY SCHNYDER|