The Italian Open is one of the last one of the clay tournaments leading up to the French Open every year. It is one of the highly esteemed tennis tournaments played every year on clay. Held in the beautiful ancient city of Rome, it is a part of the ATP and WTA Tours. The two events were combined in the year 2011. The event is a Masters 1000 tournament.
It is one of the most competitive events in 2023 for both ATP and WTA. Barring a few big names like Rafael Nadal, ATP even has all the frontrunners participating. Rafael Nadal had a medical test 4 days ago to get a Yes or a No for the Italian Open. To the dismay of his team and fans, the medical test resulted in his withdrawal from this tournament. But in the women’s section, all the Top 10 players are competing making this event a must-watch for tennis fans across the globe.
In men’s, Rafael Nadal is the most successful player on this event in the open era. He has a set of records in this tournament. Nadal has won 10 Italian Open Singles titles in the past. He is 3 consecutive titles owner from 2005-2007. Whereas in women, Chris Evert has been a champion 5 times and the most consecutive title record is with Conchita Martinez, who won the competition 4 years in a row from 1993-1996.
Amongst the people who are competing in 2023, Novak Djokovic is a 6 time Italian Open title Champion. The only other active to win the title are Andy Murray (2016) and Alexander Zverev (2017). In WTA, the most success at the Italian Open has been achieved by Iga Swiatek, who has won 2 consecutive titles in 2021 and 2022. She will be looking to defend her title ferociously after losing the Madrid Open to Aryna Sabalenka.
There has been a substantial increase in the prize money pool this year at the Italian Open. The total prize money pool for the ATP at the 2023 Internazionali BNL d’Italia is €7,705,780. This is a whopping 42.29% increase from the 2022 edition. Last year, the champion Novak Djokovic took home $923,750. So this year’s champion will earn 32.15% more than what Djokovic did last year. Even the runner-up will receive 27% more than in 2022 and semi-finalists 26.36% more than last year’s semi-finalists.
In 2022, Croatian duo and second-seeded pair Nikola Mektić and Mate Pavić won the doubles championship. This year’s doubles champions will make a very large increase amounting to 51.2% from last year’s winner’s cheque. Runner-ups will all receive a bump of 50.1% from 2022 runner-ups.
A full breakdown of the prize money is available in the table provided for ATP singles:
Round of 16
Round of 32
Round of 64
Round of 128
A breakdown of ATP doubles’ prize money:
Round of 16
Round of 32
Italian Open 2023 Prize Money for Women
The total prize money pool for the WTA event is a total of €3,572,618. The pool for WTA and ATP has a major disparity for the Italian Open. The WTA champions and the subsequent rounds of players would receive much less than compared to their ATP counterparts. There are also some differences in how ATP and WTA award points to the players in each round. The Italian Open has declared they will award the same prize money to both WTA and ATP players from 2025 onward.
Though the overall prize money is almost half of the ATP, but there is a substantial increase from last year. The singles champion will make 57.03% more than the 2022 winner Iga Swiatek. The runner-up will make 39.01% more than 2022, and the semifinalists 39.01%. In doubles, last year, Veronika Kudermetova and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova were the champions. This year there will be a substantial increase in the WTA doubles prize money too.
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