2018 News


Future Home of Miami Open Breaks Ground at Hard Rock Stadium


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.

About the Miami Open presented by Itaú

The 2018 Miami Open will be played March 19-April 1 at the Crandon Park 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 94,000 employees and operations in 19 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, events and media, operating in more than 30 countries. The company represents and manages some of the world’s greatest sports figures and fashion icons; stages hundreds of live events and branded entertainment experiences annually; and is one of the largest independent producers and distributors of sports media. IMG also specializes in sports training; league development; and marketing, media and licensing for brands, sports organizations and collegiate institutions.