Roger Federer reacts during the match against Dan Evans in Melbourne January 16, 2019.
It was a ideal 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.
The 37-year-old Federer last played in the Italian Open in 2016 and he was defeated by Dominic Thiem in the third round.
"I think I was playing well in Madrid, so I just said, again, "Let's come to Rome, a city I like so much as well". I felt like playing somewhat maybe more sea level conditions would be good for me.
"There would be excitement, more excitement than me coming to a practice court in Switzerland". They are unhappy with the Italian Tennis Federation's decision to double prices after Federer was announced.
When informed of the decision on Tuesday during a media event, Federer said it was "disappointing to hear". "Regardless of what happens here, I just think it's good for me to play matches at this stage", he added.
Another supporter commented: "Thank goodness I opted to go and watch Madrid last week".
Play on Thursday is set to begin at around 10am local time. "My excitement couldn't be bigger".
Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, respective first and second seeds in the Association of Tennis Professionals men's event, were also waiting to play their matches against Canada's Denis Shapovalov and Jeremy Chardy of France.
"I'm so far away in the draw", Federer said of a possible semi-final matchup with his longtime rival.
A potential quarter-final awaits against either Stefanos Tsitsipas, the eighth seed, who beat Nadal in the Madrid semi-finals, or Italian 10th seed Fabio Fognini, the Monte Carlo victor.
Speaking in the wake of his excellent win on clay over Russia's Daniil Medvedev in Rome this week, Kyrgios also admitted that the week of the Mexican Open in Acapulco in March this year, where he won the title over Alexander Zverev, that he had gone out partying every night and was going to bed at 4:30am. He's a champion of the sport, one of the greatest we'll ever see. The moment I landed in Rome yesterday, I was so happy to be here.