Brief history of a timeless place, an eternal symbol of the beauty of the Internazionali d'Italia

Entering the vast spaces of the Foro Italico confuses the senses and emotions. Immersed in the dazzling beauty of Rome, the epicenter of the Internazionali d’Italia represents much more than an annual tennis event: it’s a journey into an indefinite time, perfectly described by its place-symbol, the Nicola Pietrangeli Stadium.

Fans look out from Central Field onto Pietrangeli Stadium

Where the stern eyes of centuries-old statues watch the frenzied aces of the contemporary tennis elite, the sporting dimension continues, season after season, to morph into a magical experience. Built by architect Enrico Del Debbio and inaugurated in 1934 for a Davis Cup match between Italy and Switzerland, this hallowed tennis venue has never ceased to fuse ancient art and the evolution of performance. Nearly 4,000 seats and 18 statues, divided between the 17 sculpted by Eugenio Baroni and the single ‘Lanciatore della Palla Vibrata,’ produced by Domenico Ponzi: what was born as the ‘Racket Olympics’ represents, at the stroke of the 81st edition of the Internazionali d’Italia, a paradise for the entire tennis imagination, as well as an eternal fusion between the shining white Carrara marble and the refined geometries of the British-born discipline.

Pietrangeli Stadium marble statue
Fans attend a match at Pietrangeli Stadium
General view of the Pietrangeli court during the Internazionali BNL d Italia

Here the Italian tennis DNA was forged. Here the passion for serves and volleys across the nation is renewed every year. Here, Nicola Pietrangeli embraced the Roman excitement in 1957, celebrating a victory destined for legend. That’s why one of the most fascinating stadiums on the international sports scene bears his name. And for all these reasons the Stadio Nicola Pietrangeli will always manage to show the highest form of tennis applied to history, culture and art.