By Justin Ross
The Miami Open is a chance for the world’s best to put on a show, but it’s also an opportunity to have fun.
Today at 9:30 a.m., the grandstand hosted Kids’ Day, which provided children of all ages the chance to learn tennis with interactive drills. Olympic gold medalist Monica Puig made an appearance along with American star Jack Sock, Grigor Dimitrov and Lauren Davis, which made it a day to remember.
Hundreds of kids attended, but by the looks of it, the athletes may have enjoyed it as much as the children did. Fans cheered on
To kick off the event, legendary coach Nick Bollettieri shared some words of wisdom. The hall of famer worked with Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams and Andre Agassi, just to name a few.
“I had a dream to make something that no else in the world ever did. Whatever they say boys and girls in life, say thank you, and what you do in life, let that prove who you are,” coach said.
Bollettieri also preached a mindset of positivity, no matter the endeavor.
“If you do everything you can and give everything you have, then you’re a winner,” he said. “That’s the attitude. No matter the result, you’re a winner.”
In conjunction with the IMG Academy, Robert Gomez, Director of Tennis for the City of Coral Gables, coordinated the program, which gave kids the opportunity to participate in eight different stations.
A DJ played upbeat tunes, swarms of children worked up a good sweat, and crowds of parents gleamed at the site of their children receiving hands-on time with professionals.
In a separate event, world No. 3 Karolina Pliskova was hopeful about the growth of the game.
“For everybody, to have a start in tennis, it’s tough. So, hopefully, there’s going to be a few more kids, even from here, from America coming up,” she said.
Qualifying play will wrap up today, followed by some play in the women’s main draw. The men’s main draw is set to begin Wednesday.
Tickets for the annual event start at $12 for youth and $15 for adults. A group rate of $7 is also available for 20 or more and grant access to all day session matches. Tickets are on sale now, for more information go to www.miamiopen.com or call the Miami Open ticket office at 305-442-3367.
The 2017 Miami Open is scheduled for March 20 – April 2 and will once again be the hottest ticket in town. With ticket packages starting at just $136 and individual sessions starting at $20 the Miami Open will be the place-to-be.