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My Day At Miami Open Thursday

By Glen Andersen

In 2019, the Miami Open Tennis tournament moved from Key Biscayne to

Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, which is home to the Miami

Dolphins. On a whim, I decided to attend the tournament yesterday.

Tickets go for as low as $45. It took me only 90 minutes to drive

there from Port St Lucie. It was the best tennis event I have ever

been to.

The Miami Open is an ATP 1000 event with 128 players in both the mens

and womens draws. Winners of both events get 1.1 million dollars. It

is the equivalent of any of the 4 major tournaments and Indian Wells.

However the venue is far superior to the US Open.  The grounds are

vast and beautiful.  I saw more people hanging out on the grounds than

I saw watching the matches!

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)

They built a permanent, 5,000 seat grandstand stadium for this

tournament, plus 18 practice courts, 15 additional outside courts for

matches, and the main stadium court is a temporary facility built

inside the Miami Dolphin football stadium.  The Main stadium has a

seating capacity of 13,000.  Interestingly, this tennis facility is

used only for the Miami Open tennis tournament. The courts are not

available for public or private use. However Dade county is working

with the owner, IMG, to give public access to the courts.

What made the event extra special were the practice courts. 9 of the

18 practice courts are closed to viewing by the fans. However the 9

that are open to the fans have elevated bleachers right behind them. I

entered the grounds at 10:30 AM and went to the practice courts

(matches started at 11 AM).  And what did I see at the practice

courts?  I saw Carlos Alcaraz playing points with an Argentinian

ranked 20th in the world.. I saw Rublev playing points with Khachanov,

Korda playing points with Andy Murray, Gauff playing points with

Pegula, and so forth. The seats I had for the practice session were

the equivalent of $1,200 US Open stadium seats!  I could have spent

all day at the practice courts, but of course I didn’t.

Anyway, I highly recommend this event.

Glen Andersen is a nationally ranked senior tennis player based in Port St. Lucie, FL and Hamburg, NJ.

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1 comment

  • Scoop Malinowski · March 22, 2024 at 9:22 am

    Excellent report Glen, it’s a super special tournament and unique experience. Ideally located compared to Key Biscayne which was an adventure to drive to if you didn’t get there early. The new venue has so many attractions to see, IMG pulled off the miracle of hosting a major tennis tournament in a football arena parking lot )



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