Italian Open Tennis: Draw, dates, Aryna Sabalenka, Victoria Azarenka in action – where are Emma Raducanu and Andy Murray? | Tennis news

Everything you need to know about the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome, including draws, dates and why Emma Raducanu and Andy Murray won’t be there…

Who will be in action in Rome on Wednesday?

More women’s Italian Open quarter-finals will take place on Wednesday live on Sky Sportsstarring Jelena Ostapenko as second seed Aryna Sabalenka at 12 p.m. and Victoria Azarenka as Danielle Collins (not before 6 p.m.)

On the men’s side of the draw, Alejandro Tabilo meets Zhang Zhizhen (2 p.m.) and Alexander Zverev faces Taylor Fritz (7.30 p.m.).

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Why don’t the British duo Murray and Raducanu play?

The British duo Andy Murray and Emma Raducanu will not participate in the Italian capital this year.

Murray practiced on clay as he continued his recovery from an ankle injury will return next week during the ATP Challenger Tour in Bordeaux before playing the Geneva Open, indicating he plans to play the French Open later this month.

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Andy Murray celebrated his 29th birthday in 2016 by beating Novak Djokovic in the Rome Masters final with possibly his biggest match point ever…

The 36-year-old, who is expected to retire at some point this season, has been sidelined since late March after damaging his ankle ligaments in a third-round match. against Tomas Machac at the Miami Open.

Raducanus current plans are to compete in Strasbourgbut she will also participate in qualifying for the French Open unless she receives a wildcard into the main draw.

The men’s team also misses home favorite Jannik Sinner (hip), Carlos Alcaraz (forearm) due to injury, while defending champion Elina Rybakina withdrew due to illness.

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Colin Fleming and Anne Keothavong debate whether Emma Raducanu should play French Open qualifying after her disappointing opening round loss at the Madrid Open

What is the Italian Open?

Daniil Medvedev of Russia kisses the trophy after beating Denmark's Holger Rune during the final men's tennis match at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, Sunday, May 21, 2023. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
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Daniil Medvedev defeated Holger Rune to win the Italian Open last year

The third ATP Masters 1000 clay court event of the season pits the world’s best players against each other in the tournament, held at the iconic Foro Italico in Rome.

World champion Novak Djokovic returned to action in preparation for the French Open, with ‘King of Clay’ Rafael Nadal hoping to progress to Roland Garros at the tournament where he is a fourteen-time champion, but both have retired early.

As with the Madrid Open, the 32 seeds at the Italian Open received a bye in the first round, so they entered the tournament in the second round.

The game starts at 10am UK time every day until Thursday 16 May when it starts at 12pm. There will be evening sessions starting at 6pm each day until finals weekend when play starts at 12pm on both days.

The finals will be held on the weekend of May 18.

Who are the defending Italian Open champions?

Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan poses with the championship trophy after defeating Anhelina Kalinina of Ukraine in the women's singles final on day thirteen of the Internazionali BNL D'Italia at Foro Italico on May 20, 2023 in Rome, Italy (Photo by Robert Prange/ Getty Images)
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Elena Rybakina defends the women’s singles title at Foro Italico

Medvedev won the 2023 singles title, his first trophy on clay, with a 7-5 7-5 victory against Holger Rune.

Rybakina won the second WTA 1000 title of her career last year, beating Anhelina Kalinina in the final 6-4 1-0 ret. Kalinina retired in the final with a left thigh injury.

What’s coming up on Sky Sports Tennis?

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Discover all the ways to watch tennis on Sky Sports, including the US Open, ATP and WTA tours

In the run-up to the second Grand Slam of 2024 – the French Open at Roland Garros from May 26 – you can see all the biggest tennis stars in action live on Sky Sports as they compete throughout the clay court season.

  • Geneva Open (ATP 250) – May 20-26
  • Lyon Open (ATP 250) – May 20-26
  • Internationaux de Strasbourg (WTA 500 with Emma Raducanu in action) – May 20-26
  • Morocco Open (WTA 250) – May 20-26

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