2017 News


Day One Qualifying Roundup



By Justin Ross

In an exciting first day of action, some of the best WTA and ATP competitors took the courts for Miami Open qualifying.

Women’s competition took an unexpected turn, as both the No. 1 and No. 3 seeds were defeated by unranked opponents, while the No. 2 seed narrowly survived a marathon match.

In an all-Belgian showdown, No. 1 Elise Mertens fell to Alison Van Uytvanck 7-6(5), 7-6(4). Then, No. 3 Nao Hibino of Japan was defeated by Francoise Abanda of Canada 7-5, 6-3.

The lone seed in the top three to win was No. 2 Magda Linette, who came away victorious after three sets.

One of the more interesting victories came from 15-year-old wildcard Anastasia Potapova, who defeated No. 5 Maria Sakkari 6-4, 0-6, 7-6(2). Sakkari was ranked 370 spots ahead of Potapova in WTA standings.

The men’s field yielded a surprise of its own when Tobias Kamke came back to defeat No. 2 seed Pierre-Hugues Herbert, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5.

It also featured the day’s shortest match.

In just 32 minutes, No. 15 Dusan Lajovic defeated Grega Zemlja by means of retirement. Lajovic may be a qualifier, but he means business. To the surprise of many, he reached the round of 16 at Indian Wells, which shows he has the skill to succeed in Miami.

Qualifying rounds will continue tomorrow to determine the 12 additional slots in each singles draw. The main draw begins on Tuesday, March 21 as the women take the court, followed by the first round of the men’s main draw on Wednesday, March 22.

Check out the full results of qualifying here: http://miamiopen.com/2017-results.

Tickets to the 2017 Miami Open are on sale now and can be purchased by phone (305-442-3367) or online at www.miamiopen.com. An exhilarating two weeks of tennis, fashion, food and fun conclude with the women’s final on Saturday, April 1 and the men’s final on Sunday, April 2.

Individual session tickets start at just $24 and packages begin at only $136. Don’t miss the chance to be a part of one of the most glamorous events on both tours.

About the Miami Open presented by Itaú

The 2017 Miami Open will be played March 20-April 2 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.

About IMG

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.