By: Christopher Menendez
Miami- British ATP #NextGen player Kyle Edmund was neck and neck through three sets and overcame Czech Jiri Vesely. After a shaky second set of serves, Kyle pulled through the third set with smart tennis skills that we’ve seen in this next generation of tennis players (6-4, 5-7, 7-6). He will go on to play #1 seed Djokovic.
American wild card Michael Mmoh, the youngest player in the main draw, lost to Germany’s Alexander Zverev. Mmoh had beat Novikov and Fratangelo to qualify at Memphis but was not able to beat the higher ranked Zverev at the Miami Open (7-5, 7-6).
After making it through the men’s qualifiers American Dennis Novikov lost to Dusan Lajovic of Serbia. A weak first set (1-6) was followed by a competitive second set (6-7). American Rajeev Ram advances to the second round of men’s singles after beating Evgeny Donskoy.
USA’s Irina Falconi of the WTA beats Italian Francesca Schiavone who emerged from the women’s qualifiers after yesterday’s win against Romanian Sorana Cîrstea.
Great Britain’s wild card Heather Watson advances after overcoming Czech Petra Cetkovska in an impressive (1-6, 0-6) match. The quick game lasted only 47 minutes. Watson advances to the second round of the women’s draw.
Carolina Garcia of France advances to the second round o after beating Mirjana Lucic-Baroni. This is Garcia’s third main draw appearance in Miami. Her career high ranking (23) was achieved last year in March.
Christina McHale (USA) beats Japan’s Misaki Doi in a three set match 2-6, 6-4, 5-7.
About the Miami Open presented by Itaú
The 2016 Miami Open will be played March 21-April 3 at the Crandon 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.
Itau is the largest Latin America privately owned bank, with approximately 95,000 employees and operations in 20 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 and media operating in more than 25 countries around the world. IMG’s businesses include Events Media, College, Golf, Tennis, Performance and IMG Academy, Fashion, Models, Clients, Licensing, Joint Ventures, and creative management agency Art + Commerce. In 2014, IMG was acquired by WME, the world’s leading entertainment and media agency. Together, the companies offer an unparalleled client roster; strategic partnerships with sponsors and brands; and marquee assets across sports, entertainment, events, music and fashion.