MIAMI OPEN RELEASES PARTIAL SCHEDULE
Federer to play Saturday day, Del Potro to play Friday night

MIAMI (March 19, 2018) – The Miami Open announces that defending champion Roger Federer will begin his quest for a fourth Miami title during the Saturday, March 24 day session (Session 9).

The tournament also announced that Juan Martin del Potro, fresh off his victory at Indian Wells, will be the featured Friday, March 23 evening session match (Session 8). Del Potro defeated Federer in a thrilling three-set final on Sunday.

Wednesday’s day session (Session 3) is already a blockbuster with 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams taking on Indian Wells champion Naomi Osaka. Also featured during the Wednesday, March 21 day session is three-time Miami Open champion Victoria Azarenka taking on young American CiCi Bellis.

Wednesday’s evening session (Session 4) will include 2006 Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis as he faces American Jared Donaldson. The match will be followed by Olympic Gold Medalist Monica Puig against 2011 US Open champion Sam Stosur.                                                  

Six-time Miami Open champion Novak Djokovic will play his opening match during Friday’s day session (Session 7), while 2017 Miami Open semifinalist Nick Kyrgios will take the court during Saturday’s evening session (Session 10).

Individual session tickets are on sale now.  Purchase tickets online at www.miamiopen.com or call the Miami Open Ticket Office at 305-442-3367.

The fun is not limited to the action happening on the courts.  Fans can enjoy an array of activities from cooling off in the Stella Artois Center Court Lounge or honing your skills in the fast serve cage.

Partial Miami Open Schedule:

Wednesday, March 21  - Session 3 – Day
            Serena Williams vs. Naomi Osaka
            Victoria Azarenka vs. CiCi Bellis

Wednesday, March 21 – Session 4 – Evening
            Marcos Baghdatis vs. Jared Donaldson
            Monica Puig vs. Sam Stosur

Friday, March 23 – Session 7 – Day
            Novak Djokovic vs. TBD

Friday, March 23 – Session 8 – Evening
            Juan Martin del Potro vs. TBD

Saturday, March 24 – Session 9 – Day
            Roger Federer vs. TBD

Saturday, March 24 – Session 10 – Evening
            Nick Kyrgios vs. TBD

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.