2017 News


Stars Hang With Children At 2017 Kid's Day



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.

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.