French Open Current Affairs - 2020

Italian Open 2019: Rafael Nadal won Men’s Singles Title

Rafael Nadal of Spain defeats Novak Djokovic of Serbia in finals and won men’s singles title at Italian Open 2019, held in Rome. This was his ninth title in Rome.

Key Highlights

  • Rafael Nadal, the World No. 2 player defeated World No. 1 Novak Djokovic by 6-0 4-6 6-1 in in the Italian Open final held in Rome.

Rafael Nadal

  • It was his 81st tournament win but first clay court title of year 2019.
  • In Australian Open final in January 2019, Nadal was beaten by Djokovic in final and had also lost at semi-final stage in his past four tournaments.
  • Winning Italian Open he has now recorded his 34th Masters title. This takes him 34-33 ahead of Djokovic in Masters 1,000 Series titles and also gives a boost before the French Open (also called Roland-Garros) starting on 26 May 2019.

About Italian Open

  • It is a tennis tournament which is held in Rome, Italy. It was founded in 1930.
  • The event is also known as Rome Masters (for male edition) or Internazionali BNL d’Italia (sponsored name) or Italian Championships.
  • The tournament is played on Clay Courts, a type of tennis court which are made of crushed brick, stone, shale, or other unbound mineral aggregates. French Open is also played in Clay Courts.

Italian Open 2019: Karolina Pliskova won Women’s Singles Title

The Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova beats United Kingdom (UK’s) Johanna Konta in finals and won women’s singles title at Women’s Tennis Association’s (WTA) Italian Open 2019, held in Rome.

Key Highlights

  • Czech world number seven Karolina Pliskova defeated British number one Johanna Konta with 6-3, 6-4 in 1 hour 25 minutes.

Karolina Pliskova

  • By defeating Johanna Konta in straight sets in final of the Internazionali d’Italia, (in Rome) Pliskova sealed her second title of the season since Brisbane International in January 2019.
  • After losing in second round in Madrid and Stuttgart, but winning Italian Open’s she now sits at World No.2 ahead of French Open. She has climbed five places to slot in just behind World No.1 Naomi Osaka.
  • With his win 27-year-old Pliskova became first Czech woman to win women’s singles in Rome since Regina Marsikova in1978.

Johanna Konta

  • She was first British woman to reach Italian Open final since Virginia Wade in 1971.
  • The 28 year old is UK’s Number One player. She defeated two World’s top-10 players to reach finals of Italian Open 2019. Even after losing at final she has earned a seeding at French Open starting on 26 May 2019.
  • She is up by 16 places to become World No.26 after a great display. This is her highest ranking since July 2018.