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All you need to know as the Italian Open continues…

Who is in action in Rome on Thursday?

It is women’s semi-finals day as world No 1 Iga Swiatek takes on Coco Gauff (not before 2pm) before Aryna Sabalenka battles Danielle Collins (not before 7.30pm).

In the men’s draw, the last two quarter-finals will be staged as Hubert Hurkacz meets Tommy Paul (12pm) and Stefanos Tsitsipas then plays Nicolas Jarry (not before 6pm).

What is the Italian Open?

Daniil Medvedev defeated Holger Rune to win the Italian Open last year

The third clay-court ATP Masters 1000 event of the season sees the players compete at the iconic Foro Italico in Rome.

World No 1 Novak Djokovic and ‘King of Clay’ Rafael Nadal made early exits as their preparation for the French Open at Roland Garros later this month took a hit.

Play begins at midday UK time for the rest of the tournament, with evening sessions on Thursday and Friday.

The finals will be held on Saturday and Sunday, with play to commence at 12pm on both days.

Who are the defending Italian Open champions?

Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan poses with the champions trophy after defeating Anhelina Kalinina of Ukraine in the womens singles final on Day Thirteen of the Internazionali BNL D'Italia at Foro Italico on May 20, 2023 in Rome, Italy (Photo by Robert Prange/Getty Images)
Elena Rybakina was the defending the women’s singles champion at Foro Italico

Daniil Medvedev won the 2023 singles title, his first clay-court trophy, with victory over Holger Rune, while Elena Rybakina won the second WTA 1000 title of her career, defeating Anhelina Kalinina.

What’s coming up on Sky Sports Tennis?

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Find out all the ways to watch tennis on Sky Sports, including the US Open, ATP and WTA tours

In the run-up to the second Grand Slam of 2024 – the French Open at Roland Garros from May 26 – you can watch all of the biggest tennis stars in action live on Sky Sports as they compete across the clay-court season.

  • Geneva Open (ATP 250) – May 20-26
  • Lyon Open (ATP 250) – May 20-26
  • Internationaux de Strasbourg (WTA 500 with Emma Raducanu in action) – May 20-26
  • Morocco Open (WTA 250) – May 20-26

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