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Preview  --   Miami Open 2019 by Itaú

The 2019 Miami Open presented by Itaú will make its debut at Hard Rock Stadium March 18-31, and fans will have the opportunity to see one of the best player fields in tennis at its new lifestyle and entertainment venue.

This year's extraordinary lineup features 19 players who have combined to win 108 career Grand Slam singles titles including all-time record holders Roger Federer and Serena Williams. Reigning Australian Open champions, and the world's No. 1 ranked players, Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka top one of the strongest ATP and WTA tournament draws of 2019…..   Overall, each of the top 79 ranked men and 76 ranked women have entered to compete in Miami…..  Federer and Djokovic lead a men's field that includes 17-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal, three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka, and former US Open champions Juan Martin del Potro and Marin Cilic, along with defending Miami Open champion John Isner…..   The player field also boasts the next generation of ATP stars including World No. 3 Alexander Zverev, Australian Open semifinalist Stefanos Tsitsipas, American Frances Tiafoe and Australian Nick Kyrgios.

The women's field is even more impressive. Osaka, winner of the last two Grand Slam singles titles, leads a field that includes 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams and defending Miami Open champion Sloane Stephens. Fans also will have the opportunity to see seven-time Grand Slam Champion Venus Williams, five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova, two-time Grand Slam winner Garbiñe Muguruza, two-time  Grand Slam winner Angelique Kerber, two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, reigning French Open champion Simona Halep, 2018 Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki  and 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko.

Tournament Owner IMG and Miami Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross partnered to keep the Miami Open in Miami and have worked together to build a permanent world-class tennis facility that will provide an elevated fan experience while incorporating a unique Miami look and feel. The improved amenities will allow the tournament to host a true lifestyle and entertainment event featuring the best in tennis, art, food and music.

Tickets to the 2019 Miami Open are on sale now and available by phone at 305-943-6736 or online at www.miamiopen.com. Individual session tickets start at just $28 so get your tickets today. Ticket packages, group programs, and luxury hospitality offerings also are available.

Qualifying rounds will be March 18-19 and will determine 12 additional slots in each singles draw. The Miami Open also will award wildcards to five men and eight women. The women's main draw begins on Tuesday, March 19, followed by the first round of the men's main draw on Wednesday, March 20.

ATP Acceptance List (as of February 6, 2019) -   Name Country Rank
Novak Djokovic, SRB, 01… Rafael Nadal, ESP, 02…. Alexander Zverev, GER, 03…. Juan Martin del Potro, ARG, 04…. Kevin Anderson, RSA, 05…. Roger Federer, SUI, 06…. Kei Nishikori, JPN, 07…. Dominic Thiem, AUT, 08…. John Isner, USA, 09…. Marin Cilic, CRO, 10…. ---   Philipp Kohlschreiber, GER, 32…. Jan-Lennard Struff, GER, 51…. Peter Gojowczyk, GER, 61…. Mischa Zverev, GER, 67…. Maximilian Marterer, GER, 76
WTA Acceptance List (as of February 6, 2019) --  Name Country Rank
Naomi Osaka, JPN, 01…. Petra Kvitova, CZE, 02…. Simona Halep, ROU, 03…. Sloane Stephens, USA, 04…. Karoilina Pliskova, CZE, 05…. Angelique Kerber, GER, 06…. Elina Svitolina, UKR, 07…. Kiki Bertens, NED, 08…. Aryna Sabalenka, BLR, 09…. Caroline Wozniacki, DEN, 10…. ---  Julia Goerges, GER, 16…. Anna-Lena Friedsam, GER, 50 SR…. Tatjana Maria, GER, 67…. Andrea Petkovic, GER, 68

About the Miami Open presented by Itaú
The 2019 Miami Open will be played March 18-31 at Hard Rock Stadium. 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 Miami's unique personality, thriving nightlife, five-star hotels and restaurants, beautiful weather and beaches, and celebrity appeal, as well as its close proximity to both Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach. For ticket information, call +1.305.943.6736 or visit www.miamiopen.com.
About Itaú
Itaú 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 manages some of the world's greatest sports figures and fashion icons; stages hundreds of live events and branded entertainment experiences annually; and is a leading independent producer and distributor of sports and entertainment media. IMG also specializes in sports training and league development, as well as marketing, media and licensing for brands, sports organizations and collegiate institutions. IMG is part of the Endeavor (formerly WME | IMG) network.
About Hard Rock Stadium
Hard Rock Stadium is a global entertainment destination that serves as home to the Miami Dolphins, University of Miami football team, Orange Bowl, Super Bowl LIV and the 100th anniversary of the NFL, College Football Playoffs 2021 Final, major concerts, international soccer matches and a host of world-class events. The facility has undergone a $500 million, multi-year renovation privately funded by Owner Stephen Ross.

published:   February 2019….  by   Tennis Portal TAKEOFF-PRESS