The organizers of the Rome Open have announced plans to build a retractable roof and provide support for those affected by floods.
The 2023 edition of the Rome Open was different due to the constant rains that forced the suspension of matches throughout the week, including the semifinals between Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Elena Rybakina and Jelena Ostapenko.
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The difficulties not only led to match suspensions during the week but also resulted in schedule delays, with some matches extending past midnight, including the final between Rybakina and Anhelina Kalinina. In response, the organization has announced their plans to construct a roof, as stated by Vito Cozzoli, the executive director of Sport e Salute.
“The roof is coming,” claimed Cozzoli.
“The feasibility plan has been approved and it will be a futuristic project that will make the Foro Italico’s center court usable year round.”
The tournament's development was not the only complication in Rome, as heavy rains caused unprecedented flooding in some towns. As a result, the organizers have announced assistance programs for those affected by the floods.
“We will refund all tickets purchased between Thursday and Sunday to all residents on the list of Municipalities affected by the flood that the Government will draw up,” said Angelo Binaghi, the FITP president.
“We were amazed by what happened here in Rome, in our memory something like this had never happened. But it is only a very small part of the disaster that hit the towns of Emilia-Romagna,” he added.
“As a federation, we want to issue contributions by helping our sports clubs whose facilities were damaged by the disaster. We have commissioned the Emilia-Romagna committee to carry out a census to calculate the extent of the damage.”