Rome Masters Betting Guide

The gladiators of the tennis courts will make their annual pilgrimage to Rome to fight it out on the clay courts of the Foro Italico, in the heart of ‘The Eternal City’.

Initially known as the Italian Open, the event was played in Milan from its inception in 1930 to 1934. It then moved to its present venue, the Foro Italico, and became an open event in 1969.

The Rome Masters or the Internazionali BNL d’Italia is effectively two separate tournaments.

  • It is closely followed by the Telecom Italia Masters, the ladies’ event and one of 10 WTA tournaments which take place throughout the world, but primarily in Europe and North America. It falls into the Tier 1 category, the highest of four tiers which make up the women’s tour. In 2009 the Telecom Italia Masters took place at the Foro Italico from 1 to 9 May.

This highly anticipated Rome Masters is the second European clay court event after the illustrious Monte Carlo Masters, and is viewed by many of the players as a suitable warm-up event for the coveted French Open Grand Slam competition.

In 2005 the Rome Masters was the recipient of the ATP award of ’Excellence for Best Fan Experience’.

Rome Masters Odds

As with so many of the clay court championships, the Rome Masters has basically been decided by specialist clay court players like Rafael Nadal, who has won the last three successive titles, but had an unfortunately early exist at the 2008 event, losing to Juan Carlos Ferrero. Novak Djokovic was the 2008 Rome Masters Champion, but was defeated by Nadal once again in 2009. As a result of the loss of another title, Djokovic lost his number three ranking and is currently at number 4 as Andy Murray takes his place in the top three.

Thomas Muster, Gustavo Kuerten and Juan-Carlos Ferrero have all had success in Rome, and all are considered clay court specialists. Spaniards are known to be particularly successful on the red clay of Europe, chiefly because there is a high prevalence of clay courts in Spain and Latin America, and have learnt their trade on clay. Since 1997 the men’s event has been won seven times by Spaniards!

One of the legends of the women’s event is Conchita Martinez, who won four successive titles in Rome in the early 1990s.

Interestingly enough there have been very few women tennis players whose best results have been confined exclusively to clay. Perhaps Justine Henin could be classified as a clay court specialist as she has won the French Open four times and of her 39 singles wins, 12 have been on clay. Oddly enough her best result at the Rome Masters was runner-up to Serena Williams in 2002.

The ladies’ event was won by Dinara Safina (currently topping wthe WTA rankings as of May 2009). 2008 winner Jelena Jankovic and other former world number one players Ana Ivanovic and Serena Williams were also no match for the clay courts in Rome. There has been no one dominant player since Conchita Martinez in the 1990s or more lately, Amelie Mauresmo who took the title in 2004 and 2005.