Official confirmation has arrived – Internazionali di Roma will be played behind closed doors. Voucher and refund situation? Work in progress.
(via Tommaso Villa – ubitennis.com)
The Internazionali BNL d’Italia tennis tournament will be played behind closed doors. This is the verdict of the Lazio Region following the letter of 31 August from the Technical-Scientific Committee, which had strongly advised to play behind closed doors while leaving the final decision to the local authorities.
According to what was reported by Valerio Piccioni of the Gazzetta dello Sport, the letter would have shown a willingness to draw up a second protocol if the epidemiological curve was flattened, but the data of the last few days have closed the matter.
Federtennis had drawn up a protocol that would have allowed 6400 spectators to cross the gates of the Foro Italico every day, divided into four groups in turn redistributed between Centrale, Pietrangeli, Grandstand and amphitheater, but in that case the main problem would not have concerned only the effective presence of the spectators but also the freedom that they would have had to roam freely around the club. This last aspect is fundamental, because it is what differentiates an event like the Internazionali from other facilities that will be able to enjoy limited admissions, such as Mugello or the Assago Forum.
However, as Director Ubaldo Scanagatta pointed out on Tuesday, there has not yet been an announcement regarding the refund of tickets purchased for the tournament, but it is reasonable to think that this final decision will necessarily have to force the hand of the organizers – for the moment, however, neither the federal website nor the tournament website reported the news.
We recall that on 12 September, just before the start of the tournament, the extraordinary assembly of the FIT was convened, and it would be a surprise if the topic were not dealt with in detail, even if the hope is that it will be dealt with sooner. Certainly it will be a big hole in the federal coffers, given that last year the tournament had earned 13 million euros (a record) and that the presales for the new edition had already stood above seven.
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