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Rafa to Play Saturday Night

MIAMI, Fla. (www.sonyopentennis.com) – The purple courts of Sony Open Tennis will be sizzling on Saturday, March 22 at 8pm when World No. 1 Rafael Nadal returns to Miami seeking his first Sony Open title. The opponent, for the 13-time Grand Slam winner, will be announced on Monday, March 17 during the Draw Ceremony, when the rest of the men’s field is released.

Tickets to the 2014 Sony Open are on sale now and can be purchased by phone (305-442-3367) or online at www.sonyopentennis.com. With Saturday evening tickets starting at just $51, fans can be a part of the electrifying experience Nadal brings to playing under the lights during opening weekend at the Sony Open. A sensational two weeks of tennis caps off with the women’s final on Saturday, March 29 and the men’s final on Sunday, March 30.

Nadal, a fan favorite, made an appearance in a career-high 14 finals, in 2013, claiming 10 titles. After a 7-month absence, the Spaniard was able to return to the No. 1 ranking and notch two Grand Slam wins (Roland Garros and US Open) continuing his streak of at least one Grand Slam crown in nine consecutive years. Off to a strong start in 2014, Nadal was a finalist at this year’s Australian Open and is hungry to make his mark in Miami.

The three-time Sony Open runner-up is part of an impressive field of players including, 17-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer, defending Sony Open champion Andy Murray, reining Australian Open winner Stanislas Wawrinka and three-time Sony Open champ Novak Djokovic.

ABOUT THE SONY OPEN: The 2014 Sony Open will be played March 17-30 at the Crandon Tennis Center in Miami. The two-week combined event is owned and operated by IMG. The Sony Open is one of nine ATP Masters 1000 Series events on the ATP calendar, a Premier Mandatory event on the WTA calendar, and features the top men's and women's tennis players in the world. In 2013 Andy Murray defeated David Ferrer for his second Sony Open title, while Serena Williams knocked off Maria Sharapova to capture her record sixth title in Miami. For ticket information, call (305) 442-3367 or visit the website at www.SonyOpenTennis.com 

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