1996 Italian Open (tennis)

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1996 Italian Open
Date:   May 6 – May 12 (women)
May 13 – May 19 (men)
Edition:   53rd
Surface:   Clay / Outdoor
Location:   Rome, Italy
Venue:   Foro Italico
Champions
Men's Singles
Austria Thomas Muster
Women's Singles
Spain Conchita Martínez
Men's Doubles
Zimbabwe Byron Black / Canada Grant Connell
Women's Doubles
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario / Romania Irina Spîrlea
Italian Open
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The 1996 Italian Open was a tennis tournament played on outdoor clay courts. It was the 53rd edition of the Rome Masters and was part of the Mercedes Super 9 of the 1996 ATP Tour and of Tier I of the 1996 WTA Tour. Both the men's and women's events took place at the Foro Italico in Rome in Italy. The women's tournament was played from May 6 through May 12, 1996 while the men's tournament was played from May 13 through May 19, 1996.

The men's tournament was headlined by ATP No. 2, Monte Carlo, Estoril, Acapulco and Barcelona champion Thomas Muster, Zagreb, Dubai, Milan, Rotterdam titlist and Key Biscayne runner-up Goran Ivanišević and Adelaide winner, St. Petersburg and Rotterdam finalist Yevgeny Kafelnikov. Also present were Chennai winner Thomas Enqvist, Philadelphia champion Jim Courier, Wayne Ferreira, Marcelo Ríos and Sergi Bruguera.

The women's field was led by WTA No. 1, Indian Wells, Key Biscayne, Berlin champion and WTA Tour Championships defending champion Steffi Graf, Indian Wells, Hamburg runner-up and Australian Open quarterfinalist Conchita Martínez and Hilton Head winner and Wimbledon runner-up Arantxa Sánchez Vicario. Also competing were Tokyo winner Iva Majoli, Magdalena Maleeva, Martina Hingis, Irina Spîrlea and Nathalie Tauziat.

Champions[edit]

Men's Singles[edit]

Austria Thomas Muster defeated Netherlands Richard Krajicek 6–2, 6–4, 3–6, 6–3

  • It was Muster's 5th title of the year and the 41st of his career. It was his 2nd Masters title of the year and his 7th overall. It was his 3rd title at the event, having also won in 1990 and 1995.

Women's Singles[edit]

Spain Conchita Martínez defeated Switzerland Martina Hingis 6–2, 6–3

  • It was Martínez's 1st title of the year and the 31st of her career. It was her 1st Tier I title of the year and her 6th overall. It was her 4th title at the event, having also won in 1993, 1994 and 1995.

Men's Doubles[edit]

Zimbabwe Byron Black / Canada Grant Connell defeated Belgium Libor Pimek / South Africa Byron Talbot 6–2, 6–3

  • It was Black's 3rd title of the year and the 15th of his career. It was Connell's 2nd title of the year and the 19th of his career.

Women's Doubles[edit]

Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario / Romania Irina Spîrlea defeated United States Gigi Fernández / Switzerland Martina Hingis 6–4, 3–6, 6–3

  • It was Sánchez Vicario's 8th title of the year and the 70th of her career. It was Spîrlea's 2nd title of the year and the 6th of her career.


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