Italian Open organisers announce major change as men’s final delayed

The Italian Open has officially announced that construction will start on a roof as the men’s singles final became the latest match to be delayed due to the rain. The weather has wreaked havoc throughout the tournament and the issue came to the forefront on Saturday when Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas’ semi-final was interrupted for five hours, also pushing back the women’s singles final.

The Italian Open will officially get a roof on its centre court from 2026, as Vito Cozzoli – president of Sport e Salute – announced the news during a press conference on Sunday. “The time has come for the announcement that we have been waiting for for years: the coverage of the central will arrive,” he confirmed.

Cozzoli said the work would take two years, allowing the main showcourt to be used during rainy conditions that have seen several matches delayed this fortnight. He continued: “The feasibility project has been awarded. A futuristic project that will make the plant usable 365 days a year. The construction site will last two years.

“The Centrale will have its coverage by 2026, when the redevelopment works of the entire Foro Italico Park will be completed.” The news comes as Medvedev and Holger Rune’s men’s singles final was first delayed by half an hour due to another washout.

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The pair were due on court at 4pm local time (3pm UK) but were pushed back by half an hour. The sunshine returned as Martina Navratilova received an award in a pre-final presentation but the rain suddenly started falling right as both men were set to take to the court, delaying the final once again.

It comes after Medvedev and Tsitsipas were rained off for two hours and 47 minutes during their semi-final on Saturday. The pair returned and were able to play just one more game before another rain delay of around two hours, with the world No 3 winning 7-5 7-5 when they were finally able to finish the match.

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It also saw the women’s singles final heavily delayed, with Rybakina and Kalinina taking to court at around 11pm local time (10pm UK). The match ended prematurely when the Ukrainian was forced to retire injured with the seventh seed leading 6-4 1-0.

And the fans made their feelings clear as they booed the tournament organisers during the trophy ceremony. Organisers will now be hoping to avoid a repeat of the same problems from 2026 with the construction of the new roof.

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