By: Christopher Menendez
Milestone achievements are being accomplished as we near the end of the quarterfinals round of the Miami Open. Here is a summary of notable achievements from ATP and WTA players.
*** Kyrgios becomes the first Australian to reach the Miami quarterfinals.
*** Angelique Kerber breaks $12 Million prize money barrier.
*** Djokovic hits 91 straight weeks at No.1, the 5th most weeks in the history of ATP rankings.
*** Djokovic on his way to breaking his own record of winning Indian Wells and Miami tournament in the same year four times.
*** David Goffin becomes the first Belgian man to reach the quarterfinals at the tournament.
*** Kyrgios becomes youngest player to reach the quarterfinals since Del Potro advanced to semifinals in 2009.
*** Monfils appears in the quarterfinals for the first time.
*** The Bryan brothers are looking to become the first team to win three straight Miami titles, 2007-09, ‘14-15.
*** Azarenka is bidding to become the third player to win Indian Wells and Miami in the same year.
*** Victoria Azarenka returns to the Top 5, replacing Simona Halep.
*** Bacsinszky is the first Swiss player to make it through the semifinals since 2001.
*** Kuznetsov cracks the top 50 for the first time in career.
Stay tuned after the tournament for an updated list of milestones achieved by participants in the Miami Open.
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.