March 15, 2024

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Italian Tennis Star Left Red-faced at Rome Masters as Barely Any Fans Turn Up for His Game

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Italian Tennis Star Left Red-faced at Rome Masters as Barely Any Fans Turn Up for His Game

At the Rome Masters on Thursday, there were no fans present to support their hometown hero.

Stefano Napolitano, a prominent Italian tennis player, was humiliated at the Rome Masters after losing to Alex Molcan in a match that only drew a small number of local supporters despite the opportunity for them to support their fellow countryman. It remains to be seen if his performance was affected by the lack of home support he may have anticipated, but the tournament’s organizers won’t be happy about the fact that so many Italians missed the chance to support a fellow countryman.

On Grandstand, Napolitano lost to Molcan 6-4, 3-6, 7-6. Those watching the broadcast were particularly perplexed by the sparse crowd, which was also evident during Sofia Kenin’s victory over Aryna Sabalenka and Caroline Garcia’s victory over Ana Bogdan. Due to various factors, including a nearby football game, it had been noted that both Grandstand and Centre Court were almost completely empty.

Tennis supporters expressed their dissatisfaction on social media about the lack of fans in Rome. @anjan_luthra tweeted: “Yesterday’s Badosa match’s opening period was the same. What in the world is happening? When I went last year, Center Court was crowded with many visitors. Is it an indication of the state of the economy or something unique to the competition?”

While others demanded price reductions to draw in more spectators. “Time to make tickets cheaper,” @JamesWa27499214 tweeted something. “or Centrale could get a roof…that would attract fans worried about rain wiping out play. Offer international fans all-inclusive packages that include airfare, lodging, and tickets to the Italian ring. Thus, more seats might be filled.”


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