Miami Open to Host University of Miami Dual Matches

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.

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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.

 

About Itaú

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.

 

About IMG

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.


See the World's Greatest Players in Miami

SEE THE WORLD’S GREATEST PLAYERS IN MIAMI

Williams, Djokovic, Kenin, Nadal, Osaka and more to compete at Hard Rock stadium

See the best players in the world while enjoying world-class amenities

 

Miami Gardens, FL (February 20, 2020) – The 2020 Miami Open presented by Itaú returns for its second year at Hard Rock Stadium, March 23-April 5, and fans will have the opportunity to see tennis’ biggest stars while enjoying all the new fan experiences at the event’s world-class venue.

 

The Miami Open announced today the full player field for the 2020 tournament. 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.

 

Overall, 75 of the top 76 ranked men and each of the top 74 ranked women have entered to compete in Miami.

 

Djokovic leads a men’s field that includes 19-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal and boasts the next generation of ATP stars including World No. 4 Daniil Medvedev, 2019 ATP Finals Champion Stefanos Tsitsipas, World No. 7 Alexander Zverev and Australian star Nick Kyrgios.

 

The player field also included three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka, 2018 Miami Open champion John Isner, 2020 Australian Open finalist Dominic Thiem and nine-time ATP tour winner Gael Monfils.

 

The women’s field is even more impressive.

 

Kenin, who hails from Pembroke Pines, Florida, is fresh off her first Grand Slam title in Melbourne and joins an impressive list of Grand Slam singles champions competing in Miami.

 

Leading the way is 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, who is looking to win her ninth title in Miami, and defending Miami Open champion Ashleigh Barty, the reigning French Open champion.

 

The list of Grand Slam champions in the 2020 Miami Open player field includes 2019 Wimbledon champion Simona Halep, defending US Open champion Bianca Andreescu, Venus Williams, Naomi Osaka, Garbiñe Muguruza, Victoria Azarenka, Petra Kvitova, Angelique Kerber, Sloane Stephens, Jelena Ostapenko and Svetlana Kuznetsova.

 

Other qualified players to watch include 2019 Miami Open finalist Karolina Pliskova, World No. 4 Elina Svitolina, Swiss star Belinda Bencic and American, Madison Keys.

 

The future stars of women’s tennis will also be on display with 18-year-old Amanda Anisimova, from Aventura, and 15-year-old Coco Gauff, from Delray Beach, in the field. Both claimed their first WTA singles title in 2019.

 

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.

 

Qualifying rounds will be March 23-24 and will determine 12 additional slots in each singles draw. The Miami Open also will award wildcards to five men and eight women. The women’s main draw begins on Tuesday, March 24, followed by the first round of the men’s main draw on Wednesday, March 25.

 

ATP Acceptance List (as of February 11, 2020)

NameCountryRank
Novak DjokovicSRB1
Rafael NadalESP2
Dominic ThiemAUT4
Daniil MedvedevRUS5
Stefanos TsitsipasGRE6
Alexander ZverevGER7
Matteo BerrettiniITA8
Gael MonfilsFRA9
David GoffinBEL10
Fabio FogniniITA11
Roberto Bautista AgutESP12
Stan WawrinkaSUI13
Diego SchwartzmanARG14
Kevin AndersonRSA14 EP
Andrey RublevRUS15
Denis ShapovalovCAN16
Karen KhachanovRUS17
John IsnerUSA18
Benoit PaireFRA19
Nick KyrgiosAUS20
Felix Auger-AliassimeCAN21
Grigor DimitrovBUL22
Dusan LajovicSRB23
Alex de MinaurAUS24
Kei NishikoriJPN25
Cristian GarinCHI26
Guido PellaARG27
Nikoloz BasilashviliGEO28
Hubert HurkaczPOL29
Pablo Carreno BustaESP30
Borna CoricCRO31
Milos RaonicCAN32
Daniel EvansGRB33
Jan-Lennard StruffGER34
Laslo DjereSRB35
Taylor FritzUSA36
Marin CilicCRO37
Sam QuerreyUSA38
Filip KrajinovicSRB39
Reilly OpelkaUSA40
John MillmanAUS41
Albert Ramos-VinolasESP42
Ugo HumbertFRA43
Adrian MannarinoFRA44
Casper RuudNOR45
Jo-Wilfried TsongaFRA46
Fernando VerdascoESP47
Pablo CuevasURU48
Lorenzo SonegoITA49
Radu AlbotMDA50
Feliciano LopezESP51
Aljaz BedeneSLO52
Tennys SandgrenUSA53
Miomir KecmanovicSRB54
Richard GasquetFRA55
Alexander BublikKAZ56
Gilles SimoneFRA57
Pablo AndujarESP58
Cameron NorrieGRB59
Lucas PouilleFRA60
Jeremy ChardyFRA61
Kyle EdmundGRB62
Jordan ThompsonAUS63
Yoshihito NishiokaJPN64
Ricardas BerankisLTU65
Marton FucsovicsHUN66
Mikhail KukushkinKAZ67
Joao SousaPOR68
Juan Ignacio LonderoARG69
Tommy PaulUSA70
Egor GerasimovBLR71
Lu Yen-HsunTPE71 EP
Jiri VeselyCZE72
Marco CecchinatoITA73
Vasek PospisilCAN73 EP
Mikael YmerSWE74
Steve JohnsonUSA75
Corentin MoutetFRA76

EP – Entry Protection

 

WTA Acceptance List (as of February 11, 2020)

NameCountryRank
Ashleigh BartyAUS1
Simona HalepROU2
Karolina PliskovaCZE3
Elina SvitolinaUKR4
Belinda BencicSUI5
Bianca AndreescuCAN6
Sofia KeninUSA7
Kiki BertensNED8
Serena WilliamsUSA9
Naomi OsakaJPN10
Petra KvitovaCZE11
Madison KeysUSA12
Aryna SabalenkaBLR13
Johanna KontaGBR14
Petra MarticCRO15
Garbiñe MuguruzaESP16
Marketa VondrousovaCZE17
Alison RiskeUSA18
Elise MertensBEL19
Angelique KerberGER20
Maria SakkariGRE21
Anett KontaveitEST22
Donna VekicCRO23
Karolina MuchovaCZE24
Elena RybakinaKAZ25
Dayana YastremskaUKR26
Wang QiangCHN27
Ekaterina AlexandrovaRUS28
Amanda AnisimovaUSA29
Barbora StrycovaCZE30
Julia GoergesGER31
Zhang ShuaiCHN32
Anastasia PavlyuchenkovaRUS33
Yulia PutintsevaKAZ34
Sloane StephensUSA35
Zheng SaisaiCHN36
Kristina MladenovicFRA37
Veronika KudermetovaRUS38
Hsieh Su-WeiTPE39
Jelena OstapenkoLAT40
Anastasija SevastovaLAT41
Magda LinettePOL42
Polona HercogSLO43
Rebecca PetersonSWE44
Ons JabeurTUN45
Caroline GarciaFRA46
Alison Van UytvanckBEL47
Yaroslava ShvedovaKAZ47 SR
Iga SwiatekPOL48
Svetlana KuznetsovaRUS49
Danielle CollinsUSA50
Coco GauffUSA51
Jennifer BradyUSA52
Victoria AzarenkaBLR53
Anna BlinkovaRUS54
Carla Suárez NavarroESP55
Wang YafanCHN56
Ajla TomljanovicAUS57
Fiona FerroFRA58
Katerina SiniakovaCZE59
Marie BouzkovaCZE60
Alizé CornetFRA61
Lauren DavisUSA62
Zarina DiyasKAZ63
Bernarda PeraUSA64
Viktoria KuzmovaSVK65
Venus WilliamsUSA66
Kristyna PliskovaCZE67
Jil TeichmannSUI68
Sorana CirsteaROU69
Zhu LinCHN70
Daria KasatkinaRUS71
Taylor TownsendUSA72
Laura SiegemundGER73
Heather WatsonGBR74

SR – Secured Ranking

 

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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.

 

About Itaú

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.

 

About IMG

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.


The Miami Open Selects Dunlop as Official Ball and Racquet

September 27, 2019 - [Greenville, S.C.] Dunlop today announced it has reached a multi-year agreement with the Miami Open presented by Itaú to become the Official Ball and Racquet for the tournament. Beginning in 2020 the world’s best tennis players will be competing with the Dunlop ATP Extra Duty ball (for the men) and the Dunlop Grand Prix Extra Duty ball (for the women) at the tournament widely regarded as the most glamorous in the sport. The partnership extends Dunlop’s global reach and dominance in the tennis ball market; it is currently the Official Ball of the ATP Tour and the Australian Open, in addition to being played at more ATP tournaments than any other ball, making it the Number One Ball on the ATP Tour. Official tournament merchandise including balls, rackets and souvenir autograph tennis balls will be available for retail sale during the two-week event.

“A key part of our global growth plan is developing partnerships with the most elite tournaments in the world,” said Masahiro Asahino, Dunlop’s Head of Tennis. “The Miami Open is one of those premier tennis events, and the exposure it generates amongst tennis fans in North and South America will help grow our brand in those important markets and beyond.”

“It’s fitting Dunlop’s largest sponsorship in the U.S. will be with the Miami Open, because, in many ways, we have much in common,” said Kai Nitsche, VP and General Manager for Dunlop Sports Americas. “We each have storied pasts, but it’s a recent commitment to the future that is most exciting to fans. In 2017 SRI bought the Dunlop brand, and it has made enormous investments at every level, while just last year the Miami Open moved into its brand new home, Hard Rock Stadium, where it will flourish for years to come.”

“One of my chief goals as Tournament Director is ensuring the players are happy with every aspect of their experience, and the tournament ball is at the top of that list,” said James Blake, Miami Open Tournament Director. “Since my time on Tour, the general consensus among the players is that Dunlop has always produced the best, most consistent ball on Tour, so I’m glad we now have it as the Official Ball of the Miami Open.”  

About Dunlop 
An undisputed legend in the sport of tennis, Dunlop has produced iconic rackets for the game’s all-time best players and tennis balls worthy of the game’s most elite tournaments for decades. As the Official Ball for both the Australian Open and the ATP Tour, Dunlop’s global reach stretches to tournaments in Melbourne, New York, Shanghai, Rome, Madrid, Monte Carlo and London, home of the 2019 Nitto ATP Tour Finals. The Dunlop Tour Team is led by two-time Grand Slam finalist Kevin Anderson, and also includes WTA stars Qiang Wang and Taylor Townsend. Dunlop is owned by Sumitomo Rubber Industries and is headquartered in Kobe, Japan. Learn more at www.dunlopsports.com.

About Sumitomo Rubber Industries 
Sumitomo Rubber Industries (SRI) was founded in 1963 in Kobe, Japan and employs over 36,000 people across the world and has sales revenue of over $8.5 billion. SRI acquired the global rights to the Dunlop brand in April 2017 and owns fellow sports companies Srixon, Cleveland Golf and XXIO. SRI specializes in the tire industry but also in providing rubber-based products for many other industries such as medical, construction, marine, sports facilities etc.

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.


2019 Miami Open Highlighted by Record Crowds

2019 MIAMI OPEN HIGHLIGHTED BY RECORD CROWDS, AN ELEVATED GUEST EXPERIENCE AND COMMITMENT TO COMMUNITY SERVICE MIAMI

(April 4, 2019) – The 35th edition of the Miami Open presented by Itaú showcased the best Miami has to offer, including tennis, art, culture, cuisine, and entertainment in its new Hard Rock Stadium home. The event featured record crowds, an elevated guest experience, and a first-ever community service day.

Record Attendance

The 2019 Miami Open set numerous attendance records: 15 of its 24 sessions had higher attendance than the previous records, including an all-time singles-session attendance mark of 32,831 during the Saturday, March 23 day session. Overall, the tournament’s two-week attendance was 388,734, breaking the old record of 326,131 set in 2012. It also marked the 10th consecutive year the tournament recorded more than 300,000 in total attendance.

 

 

Date

Session

2019 Attendance

** Session Record

18-March

1

  **12,859

19-March

2

**11,251

20-March

3

**16,409

20-March

4

8,776

21-March

5

**21,825

21-March

6

**13,388

22-March

7

**29,019

22-March

8

11,799

23-March

9

**32,831

23-March

10

12,588

24-March

11

**27,705

24-March

12

12,813

25-March

13

**19,441

25-March

14

11,927

26-March

15

**17,753

26-March

16

10,869

27-March

17

**20,183

27-March

18

11,267

28-March

19

**13,879

28-March

20

11,342

29-March

21

**15,004

29-March

22

12,020

30-March

23

**16,413

31-March

24

**17,373

 

 

Elevated Guest Experience
The guest experience at the 2019 Miami Open was curated with the utmost attention to detail, featuring the best of Miami culture, entertainment and luxury.

Food and Beverage
The tournament’s local restaurant partnerships with Bluestone Lane Café, Bourbon Steak by Michael Mina, Casa Tua Cucina, Chī Fa, Kiki on the River, Novecento, Pincho Factory, Sushi Maki and SuViche , alongside high-end beverage activations by Moët & Chandon, Kim Crawford, Stella Artois and William Grant & Sons offered fans the opportunity to enjoy many unique dining and lounging experiences.

Art and music
The Miami Open also collaborated with Art Miami and Goldman Global Arts to curate art murals and gallery work by internationally renowned artists and showcased a range of musicians and DJs.

Guest seating
The luxury seating at Hard Rock Stadium elevated the premium seating experience to a new caliber unlike any seen before in tennis. These premium seating options featured multi-screen experiences with large-screen televisions and tablets, spacious seating with ample legroom complete with an all-inclusive club showcasing world-class fare.

Miami Open Unites
On Tuesday, March 19, 2019, the Miami Open hosted ‘MIAMI OPEN UNITES’ - a day of service dedicated to giving back to the South Florida community. The program was the first-ever for a tennis event and was inspired by Walk the Walk, an annual day of service during which all Endeavor (parent company of IMG, which owns the Miami Open) employees spend a day giving back to their communities.

Through Miami Open Unites, ATP and WTA players participating in the tournament deployed to five grassroots projects throughout Miami, ranging from rebuilding homes, serving meals to the homeless, working with animals at the Humane Society, speaking with children about overcoming adversity and visiting with sick children at one of the local hospitals. In addition, ATP Charities and WTA Charities each donated $1,500 to Health in the Hood.

Many of the world’s best players participated, including Ashleigh Barty, Belinda Bencic, Kiki Bertens, Bob Bryan, Mike Bryan, Marin Cilic, Danielle Collins, Borna Coric, Grigor Dimitrov, David Ferrer, Julia Goerges, John Isner, Nicolas Jarry, Miomir Kecmanovic, Anett Kontaveit, Petra Kvitova, Nick Kyrgios, Elise Mertens, Garbiñe Muguruza, Kei Nishikori, Jelena Ostapenko, Guido Pella, Aryna Sabalenka, Diego Schwartzman, Dominic Thiem, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev.

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.

About Itaú
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.

About IMG
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 Endeavor. 

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.


Greatness 101: Federer Wins Miami Open for 101st Title

GREATEST 101: FEDERER WINS MIAMI OPEN FOR 101ST TITLE

By Tucker Verdi

Miami Gardens, FL — Greatness in sport is a hard thing to define. It can be based on titles or accomplishments, but those are all relative to the era in which they were achieved. It can be based on popularity, but just because something is popular doesn’t mean it’s great. Or it can be based on an eye test — just by watching, it is so blatantly obvious that what one is watching is simply incredible.

Roger Federer has all the accomplishments — 20 Grand Slam championships, 28 Masters 1000 titles, 310 weeks at World No. 1, just to name a few. He is the most popular player in tennis, with attendance figures and ratings spiking when he is on court. But there are other high-achieving, highly popular players in the sport.

What sets the 37-year-old apart can be seen in every flicking one-handed backhand, running and leaping forehand winner, and expertly-timed and beautifully-struck slice. Watching him, the eyes see unparalleled excellence in a sport he has come to define.

That excellence was on full display in Federer’s dismantling of defending champion John Isner, 6-1, 6-4, to claim the men’s singles title for the fourth time at the 2019 Miami Open presented by Itaú. It was in Miami, interestingly enough, that the champion’s journey to greatness began on a big stage.

“It’s been a super-long journey for me here,” Federer said on court after his dominant win. “I got my first wild card here in ‘99, made my first final here in 2002 against Andre Agassi, and won the junior world championships here in ‘98… so to stand here right now really means a lot.”

The journey came full-circle for the kid from Basel, Switzerland, who was playing in his fifth Miami Open final and record 50th at the Masters 1000 level.

The match was a rocky start for Isner, whose game is built upon his consistent and often impenetrable serve. However, in his opening service game, the American double faulted and struggled to land his first serve. Federer would get three break chances in that game alone, and although Isner saved the first two, the former World No. 1 would convert for the early lead.

Coming into the match, Federer had laid out a game plan of getting Isner on the move. By being patient and allowing rallies to play out, he would tire his opponent. The Swiss maestro did just that, working Isner line to line and winning almost every single rally.

Federer would get his second break to go up 4-1, once again getting Isner into rallies where the big man could not keep up with Federer’s incredible shot selection and placement. In the sixth game of the set, Federer was essentially toying with Isner, using the slice to bring him forward repeatedly and then blasting a winner by him.

Federer claimed the opening frame, 6-1, in a brisk 24 minutes — the first set Isner had given up during the fortnight.

The second set featured each holding until 4-3, with Isner due up to serve next. During the changeover, Isner called for a medical timeout to address pain he was experiencing in his foot. From there, it was Federer’s match to lose.

“I’m sorry for your foot,” Federer told Isner after the match. “I’m positive for you it will be all good and you will recover well and play a great rest of the season.”

The No. 7 seed managed to hold in his next service game, but he walked gingerly on his left foot through each of the points and hobbled out to serve down 4-5. Despite the crowd cheering him on, he limped to each ball he had to play and quickly found himself double championship point down. Isner managed to save one, but when his next shot went long, Federer threw his hands in the air and celebrated as the packed Stadium Court crowd erupted.

The fans in that crowd and watching from home were witnesses to what so many tennis fans around the world have become accustomed to seeing from Roger Federer — unrivaled greatness on the tennis court.

Perhaps the man whom he had just defeated captured the tennis world’s awe best after falling victim to the greatest to ever play the game.

“Roger, congrats,” Isner said. “You were entirely too good today, you were entirely too good this whole tournament, you are entirely too good your whole career… It’s absolutely incredible what you’re doing, we are so lucky to have you in this game. We all want you to keep playing and literally never retire.”

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Mertens and Sabalenka Cap Off Sunshine Double With Miami Open Doubles Title

MERTENS AND SABALENKA CAP OFF SUNSHINE DOUBLE WITH MIAMI OPEN DOUBLES TITLE

By Tucker Verdi

Miami Gardens, FL — Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka have won the women’s doubles championship at the 2019 Miami Open presented by Itaú. They defeated Sam Stosur and Zhang Shuai, 7-6(5), 6-2, to win their first Miami Open title.

Mertens and Sabalenka, fresh off their victory in Indian Wells, came into the tournament aiming for the Sunshine Double. They advanced to the final in nearly-flawless fashion, only dropping one set and knocking off No. 5 seed Gabriela Dabrowski and Xu Yifan in the quarters and Victoria Azarenka and Ashleigh Barty — the women’s singles champion — in the semis.

Their opponents were fresh off a big title as well, as Sam Stosur and Zhang Shuai won the doubles title at the 2019 Australian Open. Their route to the final was more challenging, with each of their four matches before being decided by a third-set tiebreak.

Mertens and Sabalenka claimed the tightly-contested first set that was 52 minutes long — compare that to the men’s final that took just over an hour. Both teams featured solid serves in the opening frame, with each getting only one break. The Belgian/Belarusian pair of Mertens and Sabalenka would take it 7-5 in the tiebreak.

The second set followed a similarly trajectory, with Mertens and Sabalenka getting the early break to go up 3-1 before Stosur and Zhang broke back. Mertens and Sabalenka would regain the lead by breaking at love to lead 4-2. The duo would not look back as they would claim the set 6-2 and thereby title when Zhang double faulted to end the match.

Sabalenka’s raw power at the baseline was a perfect compliment for Mertens’ deftness at the net, propelling them to their second title as a team. It was the perfect recipe to upset the Aussie Open-winning duo of Stosur and Zhang.

The win is Mertens’ eighth career doubles title and just Sabalenka’s second.

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Federer vs. Isner Preview: Defending Champ Tries to Fend Off the Greatest

FEDERER VS. ISNER PREVIEW: DEFENDING CHAMP TRIES TO FEND OFF THE GREATEST

By Tucker Verdi

Miami Gardens, FL — John Isner did not think he would be here again. He figured that with one Masters 1000 title in a career spanning over 10 years that it probably wouldn’t happen for a second time so soon after the first — let alone at the same tournament.

“Chances are I’m not going to defend it,” Isner said of his expectations in the run-up to the 2019 Miami Open presented by Itaú. “I have only won one [Masters 1000 title] in my whole career and I have probably played a hundred of them… you just crunch those numbers.”

On Sunday, Isner will attempt to defy the odds by playing in his second consecutive Miami Open final. In 2018, he made a miraculous run in Miami to the biggest win of his career that led to a year of personal bests for the 33-year-old.

“I believe personally that every tournament I enter I can win,” Isner clarified. “So I’m not surprised that I’m sitting here back in the finals again, but I was just going on pure math.”

“But now I’m only one match away so hopefully I can eat those words. I have been doing it so far.”

Indeed, the big man has been playing spectacularly over the fortnight — he has not dropped a set in five matches played thus far and has fired off 98 aces. The American No. 1 has thrived in high-pressure situations, winning 9 of 10 sets played in tiebreaks. That reverses his dismal tiebreak record of 7-10 coming into Miami.

Isner reached the final by way of wins over qualifier Lorenzo Sonego, Albert Ramos Viñolas, No. 19 seed Kyle Edmund, No. 22 seed Roberto Bautista Agut, and a surprise semifinal opponent in 18-year-old qualifier Felix Auger-Aliassime.

Isner will undoubtedly have to elevate his game considering that, while he is surprised to have reached another Masters 1000 final so quickly, his opponent has been in more of them than anyone in history.

Roger Federer will be across the net from Isner Sunday afternoon playing in his record 50th Masters 1000 final and fifth at the Miami Open. A champion in Miami three times, Federer is relishing the prospect of playing the power-serving Isner.

“I enjoy the challenge,” the former World No. 1 said after his semifinal win. “What I like about it is just to see the sheer power and accuracy that big guys have on their serve, you know.”

The 20-time major champion will be staring down Isner’s serve that can reach speeds of 140+ miles per hour. But Federer holds a 6-2 record in head-to-head matches over Isner, their most recent bout coming at the Laver Cup, where Federer prevailed in a third set tiebreak.

“Number one, you want to connect,” Federer said of his game plan against the big serves of Isner. “Secondly, you want to get in a neutral position, which is difficult because you know he’s looking for his forehand… to take charge of the point.”

The forehand of Isner — often called a “fearhand” — is just as dangerous as his serve. The key will be to get the just under 6-foot-11 player on the run, as his movement from line to line is one of the few weaknesses in his game.

“Maybe take his legs out,” Federer explained. “Because what happens sometimes on your own service games is you don't go so big right away, because you have a bit of time to maybe outmaneuver him, as well, so all of a sudden you extend the rallies on your own service games.”

Extending and winning rallies has been an advantage Federer has used to reach this record-breaking final. While he was tested in his opening round match by qualifier Radu Albot, who stole a set from the No. 4 seed, Federer has cruised since then. He did not drop a set the rest of the way, beating Filip Krajinovic, No. 13 seed Daniil Medvedev, No. 6 seed Kevin Anderson, and No. 20 seed Denis Shapovalov in straights.

Despite the odds being against him repeating as champion, Isner is excited for the matchup with Federer.

“Certainly playing Roger [will] be a very big moment,” Isner told the media. “Any time you play against him… in a big stage, a tournament like this, [is] amazing.”


It’s Barty Time: Australian Wins Miami Open Title

IT’S BARTY TIME: AUSTRALIAN WINS MIAMI OPEN TITLE

By Tucker Verdi

Miami Gardens, FL — Ashleigh Barty was raised in a small, quaint suburb in Queensland, Australia. Today, halfway around the world, that small-town Aussie girl has won the 2019 Miami Open presented by Itaú.

It has been a long journey to this moment for the 22-year-old, who has been playing tennis at the professional level since she was 14. She has had a complicated relationship with the sport in the past, including stepping away from it for two years from 2014 to 2016. The life of a pro tennis player had caused her to burn out — she was traveling for 338 days out of the year in 2013.

“I needed to take a break,” Barty explained to the media after the biggest win of her career. “Otherwise I don’t think that I’d still be playing the game, to be honest, it gave me an opportunity to go and relax and see what it was like to kind of have a normal life.”

When she decided to return, however, she rediscovered the passion for tennis that had driven her to compete from such a early age. It wouldn’t be easy — nothing worth doing ever is — but the youngest of three daughters to Josie and Robert was determined to live out her dream of playing tennis.

“I certainly feel like I’m a very different person,” Barty said of herself after her break from tennis. “I feel like I’m a more complete player, I’m a better player, and I’ve been able to put myself into more high-pressure situations and into bigger matches.”

Her dream reached its peak in the biggest match of her career on an overcast Saturday afternoon when she took to Stadium Court to play in the final of the 2019 Miami Open. She was on the biggest stage she had ever commanded, and my how she commanded it — defeating Karolina Pliskova for the title 7-6(1), 6-3.

Pliskova was the favorite going into the match, with her 21 wins on the year the most on tour coming into the Miami Open. Barty wasn’t too far behind, however, with 17 — and had already clinched her rise into the top 10 with her semifinal victory.

“There are zero expectations,” explained Barty after being asked if she had expected to win. “I think all is it is an opportunity for me to continue to try and get better every day and to enjoy the journey that we’re on.”

To start the match, it seemed as if the 6’1” Czech’s power was going to be too much for Barty, as she broke early on to go up 2-1. Pliskova consolidating that break put Barty in a 1-3 hole, but that is when the switch flicked on for the Australian. She loosened up and began dictating points with her patented “Ash Barty” style of play.

She began absorbing and redirecting the punishing forehands of Pliskova, scoring her own winners and knocking the former World No. 1 off her game. Barty broke back to level at 3-3 and the two players held from there to force a tiebreak. The 12th seeded Barty ran away with the tiebreak, winning it decisively 7-1 to take the opening frame — halfway to the biggest title of her career.

Going into the match, a great deal was said about how Barty would handle the unrelenting serve of Pliskova. After all, the 2016 US Open finalist had tallied 146 aces in the season coming into Miami. In the end, however, it was Barty who had the superior serve, striking 15 aces to Pliskova’s six.

“It’s always been an important part of my game to allow myself to get in control of points early on,” said the new World No. 9 said of her serve.

Barty was in a state of cruise control with her serve in the next set. In the second, she landed an incredible 89 percent of her first serves and won 14 out of 16 of those points. She was steamrolling her more experienced opponent, frustrating a fatigued Pliskova, whose error count was ratcheting up.

“I was tired, super tired,” Pliskova explained when asked what went wrong in the match. “I think she played well, so it’s completely that I played bad, but on the other hand for sure I could have played better [if i had not been tired].”

Barty would get three match points as a visibly exhausted Pliskova fell down 0-40. She would only need one and — with a shot from Pliskova going long — Barty hunched over in excitement, letting out a scream that represented the exhaustion and jubilation and pain and relief that had accompanied her to the moment.

“It’s just been an amazing fortnight, it really has,” a beaming Barty explained. “If [my team] keeps putting ourselves in these positions and keep giving myself the opportunity to continue to grow as a person and as a player — I think that’s the most exciting thing.”

Ash Barty has been on a long tennis journey for someone her age, and like every journey, it has had its ups and downs. But in between these moments, are the ones that define her as a person and not just a player — a humble young woman over 9000 miles from home just simply enjoying the ride.

“That’s why I love the sport. You have these amazing moments and you have these heartbreaking moments, but the journey in the middle is pretty bloody good.”

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Bob and Mike Bryan Go For Sixth Miami Open Title in Comeback Journey

BOB AND MIKE BRYAN GO FOR SIXTH MIAMI OPEN TITLE IN COMEBACK JOURNEY

By Tucker Verdi

Miami Gardens, FL — Competing in the 2019 Miami Open presented by Itaú seemed like a stretch for the Bryan Brothers just a few months ago. Surgery and a 12-week layoff had complicated their successful start to 2018 that included their fifth title at the Miami Open, and thrown into jeopardy the future of the most successful men’s doubles team in tennis history.

At the 2018 Madrid Masters, competing for what would have been their record 39th Masters 1000 doubles title, Bob and Mike Bryan did something they had never done before in their career as a team — dating all the way back to their professional debut in 1998. In those 20 years of competing at Grand Slams all the way down through Challenger tournaments, the pair had never retired during a match.

Bob, who had been playing through pain in his hip, finally could not bear it anymore as an awkward landing intensified the pain. This wasn’t just a tweaked muscle or a pinched nerve; this was something more serious.

That would be the last match Bob would play for the remainder of the year. He would undergo hip replacement surgery in August just before the US Open — an operation no player in the world had ever had and then successfully returned to the tour.

In his absence, Mike partnered with several other players, including winning Wimbledon, the US Open, and the ATP Tour Finals with fellow American Jack Sock. But all along — and even after such a successful swing with a new teammate — the goal was to have Bob back by his side.

“I would’ve loved for him to have hoisted the trophy with me,” Mike said after winning Wimbledon in July. “[But], he was very supportive from home; and, I dedicated the victory to him. He was sharing in the whole process. I’m just looking forward to having him back”.

The duo — with 16 Grand Slams and 117 titles in total together — is the most accomplished pairing in the sport. And having been side by side since birth, it was only right for Bob to join Mike as soon as he was ready.

The journey was not easy for Bob, going through months and months of rehab. His game will take some time to get back to where it used to be — if it ever does. But as Bob tries to reach that level again, he admits he underwent the procedure knowing he might never play another point of tennis.

“Who knows if this joint would hold up,” Bob said of playing after the replacement. “[But] I feel great, quality of life is great, practices are going well. Maybe I’m not 100 percent yet, but I’m only five months [removed from surgery]. The doctors said this is more of a seven or eight months until you feel perfect.”

They played their first tournament in Brisbane in January, reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open a couple weeks later, and won their first title since coming back in Delray Beach in February. The surprising results inspired the twins to believe that they could return to the highest levels of the game.

Now, at the 2019 Miami Open, they have a chance at added to their unprecedented haul. Standing in their way is a far less experienced team of Wesley Koolhof and Stefanos Tsitsipas — the latter of whom is quite literally half the age of Bob and Mike. Regardless of the result, seeing the brothers back at the top of the game is a lot like watching the brothers trademark chest bump after they win — it’s just how it should be, and it feels very weird without it.

At 40, and just one match away from their sixth Miami Open title and yet another chest bump, the Bryan Brothers are relishing in the opportunity for a second chance at greatness — as if anyone needed a reminder.


Pliskova and Barty Set to Duel in Miami Open Final

PLISKOVA AND BARTY SET TO DUEL IN MIAMI OPEN FINAL

By Tucker Verdi

Miami Gardens, FL — 27-year-old Karolina Pliskova has been around the world playing professional tennis now for 10 years, and has attained some of its highest honors — becoming World No. 1 in July of 2017 and reaching the final of the 2016 US Open — and collected 12 singles titles in the process. She is widely regarded as one of the best players on tour — perhaps one of he best players ever that has never won a Grand Slam.

Compare that career with Ashleigh Barty, who at 22 turned professional only a year after Pliskova. Barty has only three singles titles to her name, and only just cracked the top 10 with her incredible performance in Miami this week. She recorded her best performance at a Grand Slam with her run to the quarterfinals of her home slam at the Australian Open in January of this year.

But the two will face off on Saturday sharing something in common — the 2019 Miami Open women’s singles championship would be the biggest of their careers.

Though Pliskova won in Cincinnati — a Premier 5 event — in 2016 and Barty took home the WTA Elite Trophy — an end-of-year tournament for players ranked from 9th to 19th — in 2018, neither player has a Premier Mandatory title under her belt.

Their career trajectories and accomplishments thus far are not the only contrasts between Pliskova and Barty. The former stands at 6’1” while the latter is only 5’5” — “5-foot-5 and a half,” technically.

Pliskova plays a game consisting of powerful serves and groundstrokes mixed with exceptional movement for a player her size, allowing her to grind out points when necessary.

“I'm doing fitness, I'm doing all these kind of movements,” Pliskova said about working on adding movement to her repertoire. “So it got improved. I have been running a lot this week with all those girls and a lot of dropshots I made. So I think I'm ready for some running, for some defense, as well.

On the flip side, Barty is one of the best movers in the game and consistently grinds out points, but can unleash forceful shots when called upon. Pliskova understands and accepts how Barty plays though, and feels ready to counter it.

“It's going to be not only about me this time, which actually now a lot of matches were about me more. So I need to accept when she's playing well, and I know I can beat her.”

Barty, for one, is not focused on her opponent’s game as much as she is her own.

“Karolina, we have had a few really good matches in the past,” the Australian said after her semifinal win. “I think it's split pretty evenly, actually. Played her most recently in the US Open in another big match… I think either way I get to go out there and try and play my brand of tennis, which is probably the most important thing for the matchup.”

Fortunately enough, both have seen similar players during their respective runs at the 2019 Miami Open. Pliskova overpowered a grinder with power in Simona Halep in the semifinals while Barty finally overcame Petra Kvitova — who is heralded for her size, power, and movement — in the quarterfinals.

Pliskova and Barty will go shot-for-shot and point-for-point to determine who will get to lift the Butch Buchholz Trophy. It will be a career-defining win for either who prevails — expect both to throw everything they have on Saturday in the women’s singles final of the 2019 Miami Open presented by Itaú.