As the best players in the world prepare for the French Open, the Rome Masters gives them a great chance for a final tuneup before the Grand Slam event.
Also known as the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, this tournament is one of the biggest red-clay events in the world, with a total of €2,646,495 in prize money on the line.
With only a week between the final round and the start of play at Roland Garros, there is a lot on the line for every player involved. Not only are these players working for better seeds, but they also want to gain some momentum heading into the second Grand Slam of the year.
There will certainly be plenty of action on both the men's and women's side, so make sure not to miss a second of the highly anticipated tournament.
Where: Foro Italico, Rome, Italy
When: May 12-19
Watch: Tennis Channel
Live Stream: Tennis TV
Rome Masters TV Schedule
|Monday, May 13||1st Rounds||6 a.m.-5 p.m.||Tennis Channel|
|Tuesday, May 14||1st & 2nd Rounds||5 a.m.-3:30 p.m.||Tennis Channel|
|Wednesday, May 15||2nd Round||6 a.m.-3:30 p.m.||Tennis Channel|
|Thursday, May 16||Round of 16|| |
6 a.m.-5 p.m.
|Friday, May 17|| |
6 a.m.-5 p.m.
|Saturday, May 18|| |
6 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
|Sunday, May 19|| |
7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Predictions for Women's Draw
There is no one in the world playing as well as Serena Williams over the past year. She is once again No. 1 after wins at last year's Wimbledon and U.S. Open.
While she did have a disappointing loss at the Australian Open, her victory at the Madrid Open shows that the American is still on top of her game. Her serving accuracy has been especially impressive over the past couple of weeks, and it will go a long way in the upcoming tournament.
Maria Sharapova also has the skill to win on clay and the experience at the Rome Masters after winning in each of the past two years. If Williams were to lose early, the Russian would immediately become the favorite to win it all.
Unfortunately, Sharapova has not fared well in head-to-head matches after winning only two of 15 against Williams in her career.
One sleeper in this event could be Li Na, who is inconsistent but proved her ability on clay by winning the 2011 French Open.
Still, the top seed should have little trouble reaching expectations, and Williams should enter the French Open as the winner of four tournaments in a row.
Predictions for Men's Draw
Novak Djokovic did not look good at the Madrid Open, losing in his first match. Grigor Dimitrov had a strong performance, but the No. 1 player in the world was obviously slower than usual, and his ankle could still be a problem.
It would not be surprising if he once again lost early to a much lower-ranked player.
Things will be even more difficult for Djokovic based on the fact that he is on the same side of the bracket as No. 5 seed Rafael Nadal. Based on his play of late, especially on clay, the Spanish star should be able to make it out of his side to the finals.
Federer should still be the favorite to reach the finals, but watch out for someone like No. 8 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to make a deep run.
Either way, Nadal is finally hitting his stride and is coming off a great performance at the Madrid Open. Assuming he stays healthy, he should be able to win this event for the seventh time in his career.