Rai Open, tennis on the Tevere

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 Four weeks before the Rome Master, the ATP Challenger tour arrives in the Italian capital. The event is hosted for the fifth season in the northern part of the city, in Tor di Quinto, in the tennis club hosted by the public broadcasting company Rai. On the stands you can frequently meet actors and showmen.


Venue. The Rai tennis club has nine clay courts (six are reserved to the tournament and available exclusively for matches and training sessions), courts for 5-men a side and 8-men a side football, a gym and an indoor swimming pool with six rows.


Ticket. Free entrance guaranteed for the whole event.


Transports. The club is 40km away from the Leonardo da Vinci airport and 50 km away from the secondary hub, Ciampino. Around the club there aren't enough parking spots, so it's better to reach the venue by taxi or by bus: the nearest bus stop is just 300 metres away.


Food and drink. Ponte Milvio, the heart of Rome's nightlife, is a short walk from the club. There you can go for the happy hour or drink something after dinner. Nearest restaurants are Dulcamara, offering Swedish dishes, Gianfornaio or the more glamorous the Dinner (no less than €50) and MET.


Hotel. Players stay at the Villa Regina Maria, a modern 4-star hotel offering meeting rooms, gym and several other facilities in Via della Camilluccia, 8 km away from the club. Another option is the 4-star Grand Hotel Fleming.


Sightseeing. Rome attractions (Colyseum, Imperial Fora, Piazza Venezia, the Capitolium, Piazza Navona, the Pantheon) don't need to be presented. In April sightseeing is particularly pleasant thanks to the warm but not sultry weather.


Inside the club. Viewers can find salads and sandwiches in the local bar but there's also a cafeteria where they could eat traditional pasta for lunch.