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2018 MIAMI OPEN PLAYER FIELD
Eight-time Miami Open champion Serena Williams granted wildcard
Player Field Boasts 17 Grand Slam Singles Champions
Miami Open will once again have a Grand Slam feel as it bids farewell to Key Biscayne
Miami, FL - Highlighted by 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer and 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, the 2018 Miami Open will once again bring a Grand Slam quality player field to its farewell tournament at the Crandon Park Tennis Center on Key Biscayne.
In the final event on Key Biscayne prior to moving to a state-of-the-art facility at Hard Rock Stadium in 2019, the Miami Open’s 2018 official acceptance lists include 78 of the top 79 ranked men and 75 of the top 76 ranked women.
The player field features a combined 17 Grand Slam singles champions including Federer, who claimed his 20th major title at this year’s Australian Open, and Caroline Wozniacki who regained the World No. 1 ranking following her first Grand Slam title in Melbourne.
Serena Williams, who has won a record eight Miami Open singles titles, was granted a wildcard into the 2018 tournament. Following her Open Era record 23rd career Grand Slam title at the 2017 Australian Open, Williams missed the remainder of the season while preparing for the birth of her daughter.
Whether you are looking to see a future Hall of Famer, a multiple Grand Slam champion, or a rising star, all will be on display at the Crandon Park Tennis Center during the event’s two weeks, March 19- April 1.
The 2018 ATP acceptance list features World No. 1 and 16-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal, 12-time Grand Slam champion and six-time Miami Open winner Novak Djokovic, three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka, and former US Open champions Juan Martin del Potro and Marin Cilic. Cilic is coming off a finals appearance at this year’s Australian Open.
In addition, the player field boasts the next generation of ATP stars including Australian Open semifinalists Kyle Edmund and Hyeon Chung, along with World No. 5 Alexander Zverev and the always exciting Nick Kyrgios.
The women’s field for 2018 is equally impressive featuring seven-time Grand Slam Champion Venus Williams, five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova, two-time Grand Slam winner and defending Wimbledon champion Garbiñe Muguruza, reigning French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, 2017 US Open winner Sloane Stephens, Olympic Gold Medalist and Miami native Monica Puig, and two-time Grand Slam winner Angelique Kerber.
Tickets to the 2018 Miami Open are on sale now and can be purchased by phone (305-442-3367) or online at www.miamiopen.com. An exhilarating two weeks of tennis, fashion, food and fun conclude with the women’s final on Saturday, March 31 and the men’s final on Sunday, April 1.
Individual session tickets start at just $35 and packages begin at only $136. Don’t miss the chance to be a part of the final tournament on Key Biscayne.
The Miami Open is more than just a tennis event. Located in one of the world’s most beautiful vacation destinations with a diverse fan base and exquisite dining and luxury shopping offerings, the Miami Open has an energy and excitement that is uniquely Miami.
Qualifying rounds will be March 19-20 and will determine 12 additional slots in each singles draw. The Miami Open will also award wildcards to five men and eight women. The women’s main draw begins on Tuesday, March 20, followed by the first round of the men’s main draw on Wednesday, March 21.
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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.
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.
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