By Justin Ross
1. The tournament generates an economic impact of $386 million each year!
According to tournament officials, over 300,000 people are set to attend the event. That’s more than four times the attendance of Super Bowl 51! The Miami Open will also receive more than 14,000 hours of global television coverage in over 150 countries.
2. It was one of the first events to offer equal prize money.
During the inaugural staging of the event of 1985, it offered equal prize money to both the men’s and women’s draw in the sum of $750,000. In doing so, the Miami Open became the first event outside of the Grand Slams to offer equal prize money. Today, it offers more than $7 million to each field.
3. The Miami Open is the first tennis tour event to use the Hawk-Eye replay system.
Originally developed for cricket, the 2006 tournament became the first tennis tour event to use the revolutionary system. It uses high-accuracy cameras to track ball movements, which allows players to challenge line calls with precise accuracy.
4. The Miami Open was originally dubbed “Winter Wimbledon” by founder Butch Buchholz.
A member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Buchholz was a former pro who took on administrative responsibilities after his retirement. In 1980, he approached an executive of the Thomas J. Lipton Company, who supported the idea of a new tournament. Nicknamed “Winter Wimbledon,” the event would be the first major tournament of the year, before the Australian Open was permanently moved to January in 1987.
5. Miami birthed the Roger Federer v. Rafael Nadal rivalry.
2004’s Miami event marked the first time the legends did battle. No. 32 seeded Nadal defeated No. 1 Federer 6-3, 6-3 in the round of 32, and ever since, the rivalry has become an instant classic. Nadal leads the all-time series 23-13.
Tickets to the 2017 Miami Open are on sale now and can be purchased by phone (305-442-3367) or online at www.miamiopen.com. An exhilarating two weeks of tennis, fashion, food and fun conclude with the women’s final on Saturday, April 1 and the men’s final on Sunday, April 2.
Individual session tickets start at just $24 and packages begin at only $136. Don’t miss the chance to be a part of the most glamorous event on both tours.
The Miami Open is more than just a tennis event. Located in one of the world’s most beautiful vacation destinations with a diverse fan base and exquisite dining and luxury shopping offerings, the Miami Open has an energy and excitement that is uniquely Miami.
Qualifying rounds will be played March 20-21 and will determine 12 additional slots in each singles draw. The Miami Open will also award wildcards to five men and eight women. The main draw begins on Tuesday, March 21 as the women take the court, followed by the first round of the men’s main draw on Wednesday, March 22.