2020 MIAMI OPEN TO HOST UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI DUAL MATCHES
NCAA Singles Champion Estela Perez-Somarriba leads UM women vs Boston College at Noon
UM Men will face North Carolina State at 4 pm
Miami Gardens, FL (February 19, 2020) – The 2020 Miami Open presented by Itaú will bring collegiate tennis to Hard Rock Stadium on Friday, April 3 when it hosts the University of Miami women’s and men’s tennis teams’ dual matches versus ACC rivals Boston College and North Carolina State.
The UM women, led by reigning NCAA singles champion Estela Perez-Somarriba, will kick things off at noon versus Boston College followed by the UM men taking on North Carolina State at 4 pm. The matches will take place on Courts 2-7.
Under the guidance of head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews, the UM women’s tennis team has grown into one of the nation’s most consistent programs advancing to the NCAA tournament for 24 consecutive seasons (18 under Yaroshuk-Tews), earning 13 trips to the Sweet 16 and advancing to the Elite Eight on eight occasions. In addition to her 2019 NCAA singles title, Perez-Somarriba is the two-time defending ACC Player of the Year and the winningest singles player in Miami history. The Hurricanes’ opponent, Boston College, enters the 2020 season looking to improve on a 16-win season in 2019 and its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1997.
The UM men’s program, under the direction of fourth-year head coach Aljosa Piric, is looking to advance to the NCAA Tournament for the third consecutive season. The UM men are led by junior Adria Soriano Barrera, ranked No. 32 in the nation in singles, and the 14th-ranked doubles pair of Franco Aubone and Benjamin Hannestad. The Hurricanes will face North Carolina State, the 10th ranked team in the nation. The Wolfpack posted a 19-11 record in 2019 making the program’s most victories since 2012.
The addition of collegiate tennis matches to the Miami Open schedule is one of the tournament’s new event initiatives and will become an annual part of the tournament calendar at Hard Rock Stadium.
To purchase tickets go to https://fevo.me/miamiopenumnight or call (305) 943-6736. Fans can secure grounds passes to view all the collegiate matches for $25 or can purchase a stadium seat for $75, which includes access to the collegiate matches along with a ticket for the men’s evening semifinal match. As a special bonus, the first 140 people to purchase a UM night package will receive a commemorative hat featuring the Miami Open and University of Miami logos.
The Miami Open, taking place March 23-April 5, will once again become the center of the sports and entertainment world with each of the top 76 ranked men and 74 ranked women entered to compete in Miami.
The player field features 18 players who have a combined 80 career Grand Slam singles titles, including all-time women’s record holder Serena Williams and reigning Australian Open champions Novak Djokovic and Sofia Kenin.
Following a spectacular Hard Rock Stadium debut last March, fans can expect an even greater guest experience that includes the best in art, food, fashion and music. Some new and exciting changes in 2020 include the Sky View at Hard Rock Stadium, a gondola ride that will give fans the opportunity to see the venue from a unique perspective. The site will also have increased shade structures and a new Grandstand video board.
Tickets to the 2020 Miami Open are on sale now and available by phone at 305-943-6736 or online at www.miamiopen.com. Individual session tickets start at only $26 so get your tickets today. Ticket packages, group programs, and luxury hospitality offerings also are available.
About the Miami Open presented by Itaú
The 2020 Miami Open will be played March 23 – April 5 at Hard Rock Stadium. The two-week combined event is owned and operated by IMG. The Miami 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. The tournament is widely regarded as the most glamorous on the ATP and WTA calendars because of Miami’s unique personality, thriving nightlife, five-star hotels and restaurants, beautiful weather and beaches, and celebrity appeal, as well as its close proximity to both Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach. For ticket information, call +1.305.442.3367 or visit www.miamiopen.com.
Itaú is the largest Latin America privately owned bank, with approximately 94,000 employees and operations in 19 countries throughout the Americas, Asia and Europe. Itaú’s relationship with sport goes back to the 1970s, when Itaú first sponsored the Itaú Tennis Cup in Brazil in 1970. Itaú has been a sponsor of the Miami Open for the last six years, and also sponsors the Rio Open, the only combined ATP/WTA event in South America. Itaú also supports the Brazilian Women’s Tennis Circuit, only female professional tournament in South America, certified by the Brazilian Tennis Confederation (CBT) and the International Tennis Federation (ITF), as well as the Tennis Institute Training Center, responsible for the development of young, new talent.
IMG is a global leader in sports, fashion, events and media, operating in more than 30 countries. The company manages some of the world’s greatest sports figures and fashion icons; stages hundreds of live events and branded entertainment experiences annually; and is a leading independent producer and distributor of sports and entertainment media. IMG also specializes in sports training and league development, as well as marketing, media and licensing for brands, sports organizations and collegiate institutions. IMG is part of the Endeavor (formerly WME | IMG) network.
About Hard Rock Stadium
Hard Rock Stadium is a global entertainment destination that serves as home to the Miami Dolphins, University of Miami football team, Orange Bowl, Super Bowl LIV and the 100th anniversary of the NFL, College Football Playoffs 2021 Final, major concerts, international soccer matches and a host of world-class events. The facility has undergone a $500 million, multi-year renovation privately funded by Owner Stephen Ross.