It was a flawless storm, so to speak, because almost all the tournament's top draws-Roger Federer, Naomi Osaka, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, to name a few-were scheduled to begin their tournaments on Wednesday.
Switzerland's tennis star Roger Federer, a four-time finalist in Rome, returns to Italy after skipping the clay season for the last two years as he concentrated on his grass game.
"Regardless of what happens here, I just think it's good for me to play matches at this stage".
Thiem saved two match points to beat Federer and progress to the Madrid Open semi-finals last week, but Federer was pleased by a strong performance and has his eyes on a second French Open title in June.
"For me personally - I don't care right now, I've come this far - I feel like he just wants to be liked so much that I just can't stand him. It's probably the country I've played the most junior tennis in", Federer said.
"I felt like playing somewhat maybe more sea level conditions would be good for me", Federer said. "It's announcing to be a very exciting season, even a more complicated one for the top guys next year, I believe, because this is the year where they truly are breaking through, truly are gaining a lot of experience".
When informed of the decision on Tuesday during a media event, Federer said it was "disappointing to hear".
"They rewarded the fans who bought tickets earlier, which is sort of odd, but OK", Federer said.
"Look, I just really hope it doesn't take away the fact I'm really happy to be here".
Another supporter commented: "Thank goodness I opted to go and watch Madrid last week".
When in Rome-at least on Thursday, May 16, 2019-you schedule 55 ATP and WTA matches, in singles and doubles, beginning at 10:00 A.M. local time and lasting until God knows when. "I mean, my excitement couldn't be bigger".
Besides Federer, Djokovic and Rafael Nadal were also caught by the weather, with defending champion Nadal set to play France's Jeremy Chardy.
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