By Justin Ross
World No. 8 Dominic “Dominator” Thiem joined tournament officials and dozens of fans at Crandon Park Tennis Center’s Itau Experience location to announce the 2017 men’s draw.
Accompanied by tournament director Adam Barrett and co-tournament referee Mark Darby, Thiem picked poker chips to randomly determine matchups.
Thiem, who reached the quarterfinals at Indian Wells, talked about his excitement for Miami where nearly $14 million is up for grabs.
“I had a very nice last tournament at Indian Wells, so confidence is looking high. I’m looking forward to the tournament,” he said. “It’s probably even a little bit tougher than the slams because from the first round you only have great opponents, so we have to be on fire from the first point.”
Filling out the top four seeds are No. 1 Stan Wawrinka, followed by No. 2 Kei Nishikori, No. 3 Milos Raonic, and No. 4 Roger Federer.
In his eight Miami appearances, Staminal is yet to get past the round of 16, but a finals loss at Indian Wells could fuel his fire.
Meanwhile, two-time Miami Open champion Roger Federer will participate for the first time since 2014. After his wins at the Australian Open and Indian Wells, he’s up to No. 6 in the world.
No. 5 seed Rafael Nadal will continue to chase history too. One more tournament victory will give him 70 singles titles, in which he will join Federer as the only active males to reach the mark. Nadal has reached the Miami finals four times, but he’s yet to win.
If the Spaniard wants another shot at glory, he will have to defeat 2016 Miami Open runner-up Nishikori in a potential semifinals collision. With the stars in the Sunshine State, this will be a fiery tournament full of food, fun and unforgettable moments.
Qualifying rounds will be played March 20-21 and will determine 12 additional slots in each singles draw. The Miami Open will also award wildcards to five men and eight women. 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 draw here: http://miamiopen.com/2017-draws-and-order-of-play
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 the most glamorous event on both tours.