MIAMI OPEN ANNOUNCES WILDCARDS FOR 2017 TOURNAMENT

MIAMI – The Miami Open presented by Itaú today announced several wildcard entries for the 2017 tournament to be held March 20-April 2 in Key Biscayne at the Crandon Park Tennis Center. Five men and eight women received entries into the singles main draw including fellow Americans Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Nicole Gibbs and Michael Mmoh.

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On the women’s side, eight main draw wildcard entries were awarded, highlighted by Americans Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Nicole Gibbs. Mattek-Sands is the defending Miami Open doubles champion, having claimed the top prize with Lucie Safarova. This year marks the American’s eighth main draw singles appearance. Gibbs, who is coming off of her second Top-100, and a career-best World No. 76 ranking, is looking to build on 2016 where she won her way through qualifying in seven WTA events. Gibbs advanced to the Round of 32, in Miami, before falling to current World No. 7 Gabriñe Muguruza.

Mattek-Sands and Gibbs will be joined by 15-year old Amanda Anisimova and a group of 20-year olds in Ashleigh Barty, Natalia Vikhlyantseva, Beatriz Haddad Maia and Paula Badosa. Barty first gained media attraction in 2013 by reaching the doubles final at the Australian Open.

Ajla Tomljanovic rounds out the eight singles main draw wildcards announced.

On the men’s side, American Michael Mmoh, along with Mikael Ymer, Andrey Rublev, Casper Ruud and Thomas Bellucci round out the five singles main draw wildcards.

Ymer, the young 18-year old out of Sweden, will make his Miami Open debut while Mmoh, Norway’s Ruud; Rublev from Russia; and the Brazilian Bellucci look to advance to the later rounds in this year’s tournament.

The Miami Open also awarded five men’s qualifying wildcards and four women’s qualifying wildcards. On the men’s side Elias Ymer, Miomir Keckmonvic, Yibling Wu, Nicola Kuhn and Vasil Kirkov have been selected into the qualifying draw; while Anastasia Potpova, Kayla Day, Sofya Zhuk and Urszula Radwanska were issued wildcards into the women’s qualifying draw.

Men’s Main Draw Wildcards:

Name

Country

Age

Rank

Mikael Ymer

Sweden

18

497

Michael Mmoh

USA

19

85

Andrey Rublev

Russia

19

134

Casper Ruud

Norway

18

128

Thomaz Bellucci

Brazil

29

71

Women’s Main Draw Wildcards:

Name

Country

Age

Rank

Ashleigh Barty

Australia

20

92

Bethanie Mattek-Sands

USA

31

160

Amanda Anisimova

USA

15

717

Natalia Vikhlyantseva

Russia

20

78

Ajla Tomljanovic

Croatia

23

664

Beatriz Haddad Maia

Brazil

20

180

Nicole Gibbs

USA

24

94

Paula Badosa

Spain

19

323

Men’s Qualifying Wildcard:

Name

Country

Age

Rank

Elias Ymer

Sweden

20

158

Miomir Kecmanovic

Serbia

17

651

Yibing Wu

China

17

947

Nicola Kuhn

Spain

16

718

Vasil Kirkov

USA

17

1055

Women’s Qualifying Wildcard:

Name

Country

Age

Rank

Anastasia Potapova

Russia

15

850

Kayla Day

USA

17

175

Sofya Zhuk

Russia

17

266

Urszula Radwanska

Poland

26

319

About the Miami Open presented by Itaú

The 2017 Miami Open will be played March 20-April 2 at the Crandon Park Tennis Center in Miami. 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 its exotic Miami location, thriving nightlife, five-star hotels and restaurants, beautiful weather and beaches, and its celebrity appeal. For ticket information, call +1.305.442.3367 or visit www.miamiopen.com.

About Itaú

Itau 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, events, media and fashion, operating in more than 30 countries. The company represents and manages some of the world’s greatest sports figures and fashion icons; stages hundreds of live events and branded entertainment experiences annually; and is one of the largest independent producers and distributors of sports media. IMG also specializes in sports training; league development; and marketing, media and licensing for brands, sports organizations and collegiate institutions. In 2014, IMG was acquired by WME, a leading global entertainment agency.