Tennis Prose



Miami Open Scoops and Observations

Aerial photography of Hard Rock Stadium during the Miami Open tennis tournament, Saturday, March 25, 2023, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (Brennan Asplen/South Florida Stadium)

Andy Murray: “Miami has been a special place for me in my career. Love the city. It’s been my tennis home. You know, this is going to be my last time playing in Miami, so I wanted to play well and have good memories.” Murray has won two rounds already, beating Etcheverry and Berrettini.

Monfils beat Thompson to set up a thriller vs. Carlos in third round.

You know why qualifier Thiago Seyboth Wild beat world no. 13 Taylor Fritz 63 64 yesterday? Partly because the whole stadium was Brazilian, or so it sounded, and I would say the crowd energy was a major factor in the upset.

Nico Jarry won the longest match in Miami Open history, over three hours, 76 46 76 and finished it with the quickest point of the match, an ace wide on the deuce court. Jack Draper smashed his racquet after the tough loss.

Drop volley winner of the tournament came from an unlikely source – Elena Rybakina vs. Taylor Thompson.

Tommy Paul had to retire at 64 12 vs Martin Damm after doing something to his left ankle on a foray to the net. It did not look like he rolled or sprained it badly, nothing gruesome like some of the ankle injuries we have seen over the years. Damm is finally emerging as an American prospect, after beating Zhizhen Zhang earlier this week for his first top 50 win. Damm has junior victories vs Carlos Alcaraz and Holger Rune.

Casper Ruud complaining on court to chair umpire about the trailer with no towel or cold water and just a plastic chair to change. “This is a joke and you know why it is? Because the tournament is too cheap to put up something good for the players. The players come here every year to play, to put on a show for tens of thousands of people and then they treat us like this. Go to trailer for five minutes, a room with nothing. And just a plastic chair to change, maybe they can put some towels and some cold water for the players comfort. And it’s not your (chair umpire) fault. I’m just saying how bad it is. I know you don’t know. But you have to take it on to Andrea or Massimo. Because every time the players complain, nothing happens…”

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