- The Italian Open is the last big tournament before French Open odds are in play.
- Aryna Sabalenka, the No. 2 seed in the WTA draw, just beat Iga Swiatek in Madrid.
- With Rafael Nadal still hurt, Carlos Alcaraz is the de facto master of clay.
The Italian Open is the last major chance for tennis odds before the French Open begins later this month. It’s a two-week clay tournament that often foretells which players will make a deep run up the road at Roland Garros.
The Italian Open also takes place on the heels of the Madrid Open, won last weekend by Carlos Alcaraz and Aryna Sabalenka. Now, major tour players will turn their attention to what is known locally as the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, which is played in Rome.
Here’s everything you need to know for the next 13 days of clay mayhem.
How Much Does the Winner of the Italian Open Make?
The Italian Open men’s champion will take home a whopping €1,105,265, which is a little more than $1.2 million. The women’s champion will make about half that, or €521,754.
All told, the Italian Open will dish out a total prize purse of €7,705,780, including the doubles draw. That’s a 42% increase from what the tournament awarded in 2022.
Italian Open Tennis Prize Money (ATP Singles)
|Round 1, Main Draw
Italian Open Schedule
The 2023 Italian Open is scheduled to run from Tuesday, May 9 through Sunday, May 21. While not one of the four grand slam tournaments, the Italian Open is a major competition in clay season and the last big showdown before the French Open.
With the Saturday semifinals now filled out, the men’s draw is in pause on Friday. The women’s draw will play its semifinal round today, though.
Italian Open Futures Odds: The Men’s Table (Final Four)
Italian Open Draw
It’s easy to tell the significance of a tournament like this when you look at the women’s draw. Just about every top player who’s even a remote threat to win a grand slam title in Paris in a few weeks is present in the draw.
To the surprise of no one, clay master Iga Swiatek will play the Italian Open draw as the No. 1 seed on the women’s side. Her opponent in the Madrid championship round, Aryna Sabalenka, is playing as the No. 2 seed at the bottom of the draw.
Few tennis betting experts forecasted that Sabalenka would best Swiatek on the Madrid clay, but the former has played this calendar year as arguably the hottest player on tour. She will once again be a serious threat in Rome.
Other dangerous players with first-round byes include No. 4 seed Ons Jabeur, No. 5 Carolina Garcia, No. 7 Elena Rybakina, and No. 12 Beatriz Haddad Maia.
Hometown favorite Martina Trevisan, who is playing as the No. 18 seed, will surely garner plenty of crowd support.
On the men’s side, Novak Djokovic returns to action as the No. 1 player in this draw. Prior to the start of the main draw, he’s a +100 favorite to win his quarter and +300 to win the overall tournament.
Holger Rune is likely the biggest threat to Djokovic in the early rounds. The Dane is 1-1 head-to-head against Djokovic, though they have never played on clay.
Carlos Alcaraz, the No. 2 seed, is the +140 favorite to win the tournament. Alcaraz has posted a dominant spring, winning titles at Buenos Aires, Indian Wells, Barcelona, and Madrid.
With Rafael Nadal still recovering from a hip injury at the Australian Open and not in this draw, Alcaraz is the de facto men’s clay favorite. He’s an odds-on favorite to win his quarter at -225.
Jannik Sinner, the No. 1 Italian player on the men’s side, is favored to win the second quarter of the draw at +110. He’s 20-6 on clay since the start of the 2022 season, which includes a run to the quarterfinals in last year’s Italian Open.
The third quarter of the men’s draw is wide open, with Alexander Zverev and Daniil Medvedev both crowned as +400 co-favorites. Neither player will be at his best during the next two weeks – Medvedev prefers hardcourt, and Zverev hasn’t yet regained his peak form that he showed last spring before a series of injuries and setbacks.
Italian Open Odds for Friday, May 19
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