Miami Open – Tennis Schedule, Draw, Dates, Tickets, Masters & More
The Miami Open which is also known as Miami Masters branded currently as the Miami Open is a tournament of tennis which is organized at the Hard Rock stadium located in Miami Gardens, Florida. The major events such as the men’s ATP Tour Masters 1000 and Premier event of the women’s WTA Tour.
Since 1987 the tournament has been held at Tennis Center at Crandon Park in Key Biscayne in Florida. It was held at this location till 2018. In the year 2019, the tournament location was moved to Miami Gardens. Apart from the Indian Wells Masters, it is the next event of the “Sunshine Double” series which are the hard-court tournaments in the US which marks the beginning of the tournament season. It’s the only tournament apart from the majors where the draw play extends for more than eight days.
The year 2010, had 300,000 spectators attending the matches which is a 12-day tournament. It is one of the largest tournaments of tennis other than Grand Slams. There were a record number of spectators who came to see the tournament in the year 2011, it was an astounding number of 316,267 people.
The first idea of organizing a tournament internationally was born in Miami in the year 1960. The famous player such as Jack Kramer, Pancho Gonzalez, Frank Sedgman, Pancho Segura and Butch Buchholz toured around the country in a wagon to play tennis. The ATP founders aimed to make the tournament famous and dubbed it “Winter Wimbledon”. They spoke to the ATP and the WTA and provided the prize money and also asked them to provide them with a small percentage of the prize money and also a percentage of the sales of the ticket and the television rights for the next 15 years. Both the associations agreed.
There are four major championships, the Miami Open is one of the small events on the WTA and the ATP tours where the single results are declared after 64 players compete with each other. The players play for more than a week.
The event had used the Hawk-Eye for the first time when the tournament was played in the United States. All players played 3 sets of matches and if there was a tie, they were allowed one round.
Points and Prize Money
As it is an ATP World Tour Master 1000 event. The ranking of the tournament is up to 1000 ATP rankings. Both the WTA and the ATP ranked it at the third level of the tournament.
List of Players Who Participated in the Miami Open Tennis Cup
- John Isner: Born on April 26, 1985, Isner was an American professional tennis player who was once ranked as world number 8 in men’s singles championships by the Association of Tennis Professionals or ATP. Isner was considered as one of the best servers of the tennis ball who has ever played on the ATP Tour.
- Andre Agassi: Born on April 29, 1970, Andre Agassi is also an American professional tennis player, a former world number 1. He was an eight-time Grand Slam champion in singles and also a gold medalist in the 1996 Olympics. Agassi has also been a runner-up in seven different Grand Slam tournaments.
- Roger Federer: Born on August 8, 1981, Roger Federer is a Swiss professional tennis player. The Association of Tennis Professionals has ranked him as world number 5 and he has won 20 Grand Slam titles in the men’s singles category. This is an all-time record that he shares with Rafael Nadal. Federer has also been at the number 1 position in the ATP rankings for a record total of 310 weeks. This also includes a record 237 consecutive weeks. Federer has finished as the world number 1 five times. He has won a total of 103 ATP single titles and comes at the second spot after Jimmy Connors.
- Pete Sampras: An American player, Pete Sampras was born on August 12, 1971. His professional tennis career started in 1988 and came to an end in the 2002 US Open. He won his last match against Andre Agassi in the final. Pete is the only man in the open era who has won the final Grand Slam tournament at which he also competed. Sampras went on to win 14 Grand Slam single titles during his entire career. It was also an Open Era record by the time he retired from the game. He won seven Wimbledon titles, two Australian Open titles and a joint Open Era record five US Open titles.
- Martina Navratilova: Born on October 18, 1956, Martina was a Czech-born American professional tennis player. In 2005, Tennis magazine chose her as the greatest female tennis player for the period between 1975 and 2005. Martina is also considered as one of the best female tennis players of all time. She remained in the world number 1 spot for 332 weeks in singles and also a record 237 weeks in doubles. This makes her the only tennis player in the history of the game to have been at the top spot in both doubles and singles for more than 200 weeks.
- Steffi Graf: Born on June 14, 1969, Steffi Graf is a German former professional tennis player. She held the world number 1 spot for a record 377 weeks and also won 22 Grand Slam singles titles. This ranks her second ever since the introduction of the Open Era in 1968. She was also at the third all-time behind Margaret Court (24) and Serena Williams (23). In 1988, Steffi Graf became the only tennis player to have achieved the Golden Slam by being the winner in all the four Grand Slam singles titles.
Gabriela Sabatini: Born on May 16, 1970, Gabriela Sabatini was an Argentine former professional tennis player who was also one of the leading players from the period between the mid-1980s and the mid-1990s. She won 41 titles in total and was ranked as high as world number 3 in her tennis career in both singles and doubles.