By Justin Ross
On Sunday, the Lacoste store in Miami Beach was abuzz, but it wasn’t because of a sale.
Tennis stars Dominika Cibulkova and Christina McHale joined tournament officials and fans to unveil the 2017 Miami Open women’s draw. (The full draw can be seen here).
Along with the pros, audience members took turns randomly selecting poker chips to determine matchups.
Hosted by CBS Miami’s Jim Berry, the ceremony was a spectacle for fans and guests alike. Among those in attendance was tournament director Adam Barrett, who assured the crowd the Miami Open is here to stay.
“We continue to look for ways to improve the event. Our only goal is to run the best event among the ATP and WTA tours,” Barrett said. “I’ve been with the event since 1990. All I know is, we’re not who we are without the community and without South Florida.”
The atmosphere was a true Miami welcome: upbeat music, sweet champagne and divine hors d’oeuvres. Guests also learned more about the stars.
Cibulkova, who is a No. 4 seed in the tournament, said 2016 was the best year of her career. In addition to winning on the court, getting married presented a different kind of victory.
“I had two goals—winning matches and to have a great wedding, so it was one of the best years. This is really my favorite tournament. I just love the city, so it makes everything better,” she said.
McHale, who has family in Florida, shared equal excitement about the upcoming tournament. She recalled fond memories of practicing in the Sunshine State and battling Serena Williams at Wimbledon. In 2016
With the world’s top WTA competitors gunning for glory, the competition will be fierce. After winning Indian Wells,
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.
The Miami Open is more than just a tennis event. Located in one of the world’s most beautiful vacation destinations with a diverse fan base and exquisite dining and luxury shopping offerings, the Miami Open has an energy and excitement that is uniquely Miami.
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.