For the first time in tournament history, a fully day of play was washed out in Rome today. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Noami Osaka and my other were scheduled to play their first matches at the Italian Open, now they will be forced to not only play tomorrow, but also play their second match as well.
With a massive schedule today that included the return of Federer, tournament organizers doubled ticket prices which was met with widespread criticism. And the result: an historic washout!
According to weather.com, the no rain is expected tomorrow with temperatures approaching 70F. But rain is forecasted to return over the weekend.
There are a total of 40 singles matches scheduled for Thursday with 24 second round (12 men, 12 women) and 16 in the third round (8 men, 8 women).
THURSDAY ROME SCHEDULE
Centrale 10:00 Am
2nd Rd 1 Naomi Osaka v Dominika Cibulkova
2nd Rd Joao Sousa v 3 Roger Federer
Not Before 1:00 Pm
2nd Rd 1 Novak Djokovic v Denis Shapovalov
3rd Rd (WC) Venus Williams v Johanna Konta or Sloane Stephens
Not Before 7:30 Pm
3rd Rd 14 Nikoloz Basilashvili v Jeremy Chardy or Rafael Nadal
Not Before 9:00 Pm
3rd Rd Anett Kontaveit or Maria Sakkari v Yulia Putintseva or Petra Kvitova
Grandstand 10:00 Am
2nd Rd (LL) Amanda Anisimova v 6 Kiki Bertens
2nd Rd Jeremy Chardy v 2 Rafael Nadal
Not Before 1:00 Pm
2nd Rd Yulia Putintseva v 2 Petra Kvitova
3rd Rd (WC) Matteo Berrettini v Diego Schwartzman or Albert Ramos-Vinolas
3rd Rd 13 Borna Coric v Joao Sousa or Roger Federer
3rd Rd Novak Djokovic or Denis Shapovalov v Philipp Kohlschreiber v Marco Cecchinato
** Any match on any court may be moved.
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