Top Tennis Players Descend on Key Biscayne
Once again the Crandon Park Tennis Center brings a Grand Slam-quality list of players to this year’s Miami Open. The event promises two weeks of sports, entertainment, and spectacle, and once again makes Key Biscayne the place to be this spring. All of the 76 top-ranked men are expected to compete this year, including big names like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Murray. Djokovic returns this year to defend a three-peat; if he wins this year, he’ll break his tie for most consecutive titles with Andre Agassi. Although Serena Williams recently withdrew from the field due to a left knee injury, her sister Venus will attend, in addition to 70 of the world’s top 73 ranked women. Whether attendants are looking to see a future Hall of a Famer, a multiple Grand Slam champion, or a rising star, all levels of top talent will be on display for the event’s two weeks, March 20-April 2. Qualifying rounds are played the first two days and will determine 12 additional slots in each singles draw. The tournament also awards wildcards to five men and eight women. The main draw begins for women on March 21 and the following day for men.
The first tennis tournament played in South Florida occurred in 1985, although the dream for a kind of “Winter Wimbledon” in America stretches back to the 1960s when top players toured the country in a station wagon and wound up practicing in warmer weather locales. It has undergone a few name changes, but in 2014, the largest privately owned bank in Latin America, Itaú, became the presenting sponsor and changed its name to the Miami Open. Since its inception, the tournament has sought to provide a first-rate, first-class experience for players and attendees alike. A percentage of tickets sales and worldwide television rights provides enticing prize money, while a 10,000-square-foot clubhouse at the Tennis Center in Crandon Park pampers spectators. Tickets and packages are on sale and now and can be purchased at www.miamiopen.com. For more information on the spectacle surrounding this year’s tournament, check out the next page.
Your Guide to the 2017 Miami Open
PLAN YOUR ITINERARY NOW! This year’s two-week stretch from March 20-April 2 is flush with fun and food for thousands of visitors. Whether you’re a first-timer or an old pro to the event, there’s certainly something new to experience at the 2017 Miami Open. Consult this guide for all your wants and needs.
THE VENUE - Crandon Park houses a 13,800-seat Stadium Court, the centerpiece of the park Tennis Center and home of the Miami Open since 1987. The facility uses 10 courts for competition, plus eight practice courts. It is also home to four European red clayed clay and four American green clay courts. Explore the grounds with a virtual tour at www.miamiopen.comto map out your days.
WHERE TO STAY - Nearby communities feature some of Miami’s best hotels to make your tournament experience especially unforgettable. Brickell offers the Conrad and JW Marriott; Coconut Grove the Courtyard Marriott and Sonesta; and downtown a number of other options—or stay right in Key Biscayne at the Ritz Carlton. Shuttle services may be provided from nearby hotels; the shuttle schedule can be found at www.miamiopen.com.
WHAT TO WATCH - The tennis matches start with qualifying rounds on March 20 and end with the singles and doubles finals beginning April 1. Daily tickets and multi-day packages can be purchased at www.miamiopen.com
WHERE TO EAT - The Miami Open has several plaza stands, trucks, and restaurants for any and all tastes. Grab a coffee for the early morning contest, a beer in the early evening, or a scoop of ice cream for the later dessert matches. Below is a comprehensive list of eats.
All American Classic – burgers, sandwiches, chicken tenders, and fries
Ben & Jerry’s Sweet Shop – scoops in cups/cones; smoothies; shakes
Burrito Workshop – burritos and bowls: meat, veggies, and toppings
Crepe Express – sweet or savory options
Grey Goose Lounge – specialty cocktails
Juan Valdez Café – Colombian coffee and express, hot or cold
The Knife – Argentinian favorites: empanadas, choripan, and ceviche
Bacardi Bar by Latin Café – arroz con camarones paired with a mojito Moët & Chandon
Champagne & Sushi Lounge – bubbly and sushi
Puntino Pizzeria – pies, pasta, and meatball subs
The Market Place – salads with farm-fresh local ingredients
Stella Artois Center Court Lounge – beers and bar bites
Sushi Maki – rolls, sashimi, and salads
HipPOPs – gelato and sorbet pops
Killer Melts – specialty grilled cheeses
King of Racks – traditional and eclectic barbecue
Moty’s Grill – Mediterranean fare like falafel, shawarma, and kebabs
Mulberry 1965 Pizza in Fuga – wood-fired brick oven pizza
The Eatery by The Knife – all-you-can eat buffet and expansive lounge
Collectors Club Restaurant – fine dining for all courses
Patrons Lounge – chilled drinks and snacks for Patron Sponsors only