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Miami Open Announces Wildcards for 2016 Tournament

03.08.2016

MIAMI – The Miami Open presented by Itaú today announced several wildcard entries for the 2016 tournament to be held March 21-April 3 in Key Biscayne at the Crandon Park Tennis Center. Four men and eight women have received entries into the main draw including two-time grand slam doubles champion Bethanie Mattek-Sands; young American and 2014 US Open breakout star Cici Bellis; and Olympic silver medalist in mixed doubles Laura Robson.

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On the women’s side, eight wildcard entries were awarded, highlighted by a pair of Americans: Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Cici Bellis. Mattek-Sands, who claimed two doubles Grand Slams in 2015 (Australian Open and French Open), will make her seventh appearance in the Miami main draw. The young Bellis seeks to improve on her 2015 Miami Open appearance which saw her fall to eventual champion Serena Williams in the third round. Bellis, the No. 1 ranked junior player in 2014 and youngest woman to win a match at the US Open since Lindsay Davenport in 1991; has won three titles on the ITF circuit.

They will be joined by a pair of British players, Heather Watson and Laura Robson. Watson, who is coming off of an impressive win at the Abierto Monterrey Afirme, just claimed her third career title and jumped 31 spots to a world ranking of 53, her highest ranking since last June. Robson, who teamed up with Andy Murray to win a silver medal in mixed doubles at the 2012 Olympics, has one career ITF singles title.

Naomi Osaka of Japan, Spaniard Paula Badosa, Brazil’s Beatriz Haddad Maia, and Sofya Zhuk of Russia round out the eight main draw wildcards announced. Notably, Osaka pulled off a pair of upsets en route to a Round of 32 appearance at this year’s Australian Open; after qualifying for the main draw. Zhuk is the defending Wimbledon junior girls champion.

On the men’s side, the tournament has filled four of the five main draw wildcard slots. Kyle Edmund of Great Britain, Andrey Rublev of Russia, Elias Ymer of Sweden and Chile’s Nicolas Jarry have all been entered into the main draw.  Edmund, who is currently ranked 82 in the world, makes his third consecutive appearance in the Miami Open main draw. He claimed his fourth career ATP Challenger Tour title earlier this year and also reached the quarterfinals in Doha. Rublev is making his second straight appearance in Miami, fresh off of his first career Challenger Tour title last week. Ymer, once ranked as the No. 5 junior player in the world, has one career Challenger title. Jarry will be making his Miami debut.

The main draw wildcard entries will have a tough road. The women’s side includes defending champion Serena Williams, former champions Agnieszka Radwanska and Victoria Azarenka, as well as Simona Halep. For the men, Novak Djokovic will be defending his title against the likes of Rafael Nadal seeking his first Miami championship, two-time Miami Open winner Andy Murray and fan-favorite David Ferrer.  

The Miami Open also awarded three men’s qualifying wildcards and five women’s qualifying wildcards. On the men’s side Casper Rudd, Joao Souza and Ryan Harrison have been entered into the qualifying draw, while Fanny Stollar, Claire Liu, Indy de Vroome, Katie Swan and Sorana Cirstea were issued wildcards into the women’s qualifying draw.

Men’s Main Draw Wildcards:

Name                                         Country                  Age         Rank

Kyle Edmund                         Great Britain       21            82

Andrey Rublev                      Russia                      18            150

Elias Ymer                                Sweden                   19            152

Nicolas Jarry                          Chile                         20            491

Women’s Main Draw Wildcards:

Name                                         Country                  Age         Rank

Heather Watson                  Great Britain       23            53

Bethanie Mattek-Sands   USA                           30            88

Naomi Osaka                         Japan                       18            106

Paula Badosa                         Spain                        18            224

Cici Bellis                                 USA                           16            231

Beatriz Haddad Maia        Brazil                        19            270

Laura Robson                        Great Britain       22            551

Sofya Zhuk                              Russia                      16            17 (ITF)

Men’s Qualifying Wildcards:

Name                                         Country                  Age         Rank

Joao Souza                              Brazil                        27            129

Ryan Harrison                       USA                           23            168

Casper Ruud                          Norway                   17            11 (ITF)

                                   

Women’s Qualifying  Wildcards:

Name                                         Country                  Age         Rank

Sorana Cirstea                      Romania                25            148

Indy de Vroome                   Netherlands         19            324

Claire Liu                                 USA                           15            498

Fanny Stollar                         Hungary                 17            509

Katie Swan                              Great Britain       16            513

 
 
 

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.

About Itaú

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.

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