The Miami Open, also known as the Miami Masters, is one of the most prestigious tournaments on the tennis calendar aside from the four Grand Slams. It is classified as a Masters 1000 event on the ATP tour and a WTA 1000 event on the WTA tour. The sport’s biggest names are usually in attendance at Miami and with a 96-player draw in singles, there are plenty of exciting clashes happening over a two-week period. As a joint ATP and WTA event, fans get to meet all of their favorite players at one venue. The tournament is one of the few ones where the schedule extends beyond a week. It is an outdoor hardcourt tournament, with the courts being on the slower side. The hot and humid weather coupled with the slow speed of the courts make it a challenging prospect for players to do well in Miami.
The inaugural edition of the Miami Open took place in 1985 with Tim Mayotte winning it by defeating compatriot Scott Davis in an enthralling five-set final. Martina Navratilova won the women’s singles event by beating her rival Chris Evert in the title clash.
Novak Djokovic and Andre Agassi have won the Miami Open six times each, which is more than any other male singles player. Among female players, Serena Williams and Steffi Graf have both won the tournament five times each.
Past champions of the Miami Open include Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Pete Sampras, Chris Evert and Monica Seles, among others.
Venue and Dates
The tournament was founded by former player Earl Henry “Butch” Buchholz Jr. in 1985. The first edition of the Miami Open was held in February 1985 at the Laver’s International Tennis Resort in Delray Beach, Florida. The next edition of the tournament was held in Boca West, Florida. Since 1987, the tournament has been held in Key Biscayne, Florida. The Crandon Park facilities in Key Biscayne remained the venue for the Miami Open until 2018. Since 2019, the tournament venue is the Hard Rock Stadium at the Miami Gardens in Florida, The Miami Open is held after the conclusion of the Indian Wells Open and usually starts in the third week of March. The 2022 edition is being held from March 22 - April 3.
Men’s Singles- Carlos Alcaraz
Women’s Singles- Iga Swiatek
Men’s Doubles- Hubert Hurkacz and John Isner
Women’s Doubles- Laura Siegemund and Vera Zvonareva
Players to Watch out for
Novak Djokovic, Carlos Alcaraz, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev are some of the players to look out for at this year’s Miami Open