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Miami Open 2021 preview: Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic to feature

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The Miami Open will make its long-awaited return on March 22 after last year’s edition was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It is one of the biggest tournaments outside of the Grand Slams – an ATP Masters 1000 on the men’s side, and WTA 1000 on the women’s tour. 

After being founded in 1985, the event was held at the Crandon Park Tennis Center in Key Biscayne, Florida from 1987 until 2018. It moved to the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens in 2019 – the most recent edition of the tournament.

Roger Federer and Ashleigh Barty are the defending champions – having defeated John Isner and Karolina Pliskova in the respective men’s and women’s 2019 finals.

Andre Agassi and Novak Djokovic both hold the record for most titles on the ATP side with six apiece, while Serena Williams has won the WTA event a remarkable eight times.

 

 

Which top players will feature?

All of the top 20 players in the WTA rankings have entered, including Barty, Naomi Osaka, Simona Halep, Sofia Kenin and Serena Williams.

As it stands, 14 of the ATP’s top 20 are set to play. Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Roger Federer, Gael Monfils, Pablo Carreno Busta and Stan Wawrinka lead a list of 16 men’s players who have withdrawn.

 

When will the tournament be held? 

The 2021 Miami Open is scheduled to run from March 22 – April 4.

 

What court surface will be used?

The tournament will be played on outdoor hard courts.

 

Ranking points breakdown, ATP Singles

Winner – 1000 points

Runner-up – 600 points

Semi-finalist – 360 points

Quarter-finalist – 180 points

Round of 16 – 90 points

Round of 32 – 45 points

Round of 64 – 25 points

Round of 96 – 10 points

 

Ranking points breakdown, WTA Singles

Winner – 1000 points

Runner-up – 650 points

Semi-finalist – 390 points

Quarter-finalist – 215 points

Round of 16 – 120 points

Round of 32 – 65 points

Round of 64 – 35 points

Round of 96 – 10 points

 

Prize money breakdown, ATP and WTA Singles

Winner – $300,110

Runner-up – $165,000

Semi-finalist – $93,000

Quarter-finalist – $61,000

Round of 16 – $40,000

Round of 32 – $26,000

Round of 64 – $16,000

Round of 96 – $10,000

 

How many players and how many seeds are in the draw?

There are a total of 96 players and 32 seeds in both the men’s and women’s singles draws.

 

Can I buy tickets for the tournament?

The tournament is expecting to have 750 fans on site per session. Tickets can be bought here.

 

How can I follow the tournament?

You can follow the event on the official website, Twitter, and on the ATP Tour Twitter.

 


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