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Sport Up to 1,000 fans to be allowed in for Italian Open tennis

14:35  18 september  2020
14:35  18 september  2020 Source:   ap.org

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ROME (AP) — Up to 1,000 spectators will be allowed in to watch the semifinals and finals of the Italian Open tennis tournament, the government said Friday.

The stands around the Central Court of the Foro Italico are empty during a match between Serbia's Novak Djokovic and Italy's Salvatore Caruso, at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. The tournament at the Foro Italico was rescheduled from May because of the pandemic and is being played without fans in attendance. (Alfredo Falcone/LaPresse via AP) © Provided by Associated Press The stands around the Central Court of the Foro Italico are empty during a match between Serbia's Novak Djokovic and Italy's Salvatore Caruso, at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. The tournament at the Foro Italico was rescheduled from May because of the pandemic and is being played without fans in attendance. (Alfredo Falcone/LaPresse via AP)

The tournament, which features nine-time champion Rafael Nadal and top-ranked Novak Djokovic, has so far been played without fans because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Spain’s Rafael Nadal returns the ball to Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta during their second round match, at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. (Alfredo Falcone/LaPresse via AP) © Provided by Associated Press Spain’s Rafael Nadal returns the ball to Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta during their second round match, at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. (Alfredo Falcone/LaPresse via AP)

“Starting with the semifinals and finals of the (Italian Open), up to 1,000 spectators can watch all sports competitions that are held outdoors and which scrupulously respect the rules in terms of social distancing, masks and reserved seating,” Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora said. “It’s a first, but significant, step toward the return of normalcy in sports.”

A spectator watches the match between Italy's Jannik Sinner and Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas, at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. (Alfredo Falcone/LaPresse via AP) © Provided by Associated Press A spectator watches the match between Italy's Jannik Sinner and Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas, at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. (Alfredo Falcone/LaPresse via AP)

The semifinals and finals for both men and women are scheduled for Sunday and Monday.

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The tournament was rescheduled from its usual slot in May because of the pandemic. Four Italian players have reached the third round for the first time since 1979.

The Italian soccer season also begins this weekend.

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Serbia's Novak Djokovic returns the ball to Italy's Salvatore Caruso, at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. (Alfredo Falcone/LaPresse via AP) © Provided by Associated Press Serbia's Novak Djokovic returns the ball to Italy's Salvatore Caruso, at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. (Alfredo Falcone/LaPresse via AP)

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