By Tucker Verdi
The future home of the Miami Open has officially broken ground!
Starting in 2019, the Miami Open will be played at a brand new tennis facility at Hard Rock Stadium. Since 1987, the tournament has been held at the Crandon Park Tennis Center on Key Biscayne.
Tournament Director James Blake was joined by Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, co-President of WME/IMG Mark Shapiro, and 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams – who also has 8 Miami Open titles under her belt – for the groundbreaking ceremony.
With shovels in hand, the four began the construction process on the state of the art tennis venue that will host what each said they hoped would become the greatest tennis event in the world.
Miami Open organizers almost had to move the tournament out of Miami and even the United States due to their inability to put the resources into updating Crandon Park. In stepped Stephen Ross, who offered his own vision for the Open at Hard Rock Stadium, an idea Williams admits she called “crazy” at first. But now she’s all-in, as a player and – due to her stakes in the Dolphins franchise – an owner.
With all of the excitement surrounding the new tennis center in 2019, Blake was asked how he planned on keeping fans focused on the 2018 tournament, which kicked off with qualifying play on Monday.
“For me, it’s my first year [as Tournament Director], so it’s a priority to make sure 2018 is a great send-off to Crandon Park and a great experience for all of the players.”
The final Miami Open at Crandon Park Tennis Center runs from March 19-April 1, 2018. Packages start at $132 and individual sessions tickets begin at $35. Fans looking to catch all the action can purchase tickets online atwww.miamiopen.com or call the Miami Open Ticket Office at 305-442-3367 to watch the tournament during its final Key Biscayne appearance.