By: Joel Delgado
The Miami Open is one of the biggest tennis tournaments in the world, attracting the sport’s top-ranked players for two weeks of thrilling competition in beautiful Key Biscayne.
For more than three decades, the world’s elite men’s and women’s tennis players make their way to Key Biscayne for the Miami Open, a world-class tennis tournament that delivers an unforgettable experience for spectators from around the globe.
Each spring, the Miami Open attracts the world’s top-ranked tennis pros, the biggest names in music, entertainment and sports, and thousands of passionate fans for two weeks of thrilling competition on the hardcourt.
On The Court
Outside of the Grand Slams, the Miami Open is one of the largest tennis events in the world with 79 men and 79 women competing in the singles competition, and 32 teams compete in each of the doubles competitions.
The Tennis Center at Crandon Park, located just steps away from Crandon Park Beach in picturesque Key Biscayne, has been home to the tournament since 1987 and features a 13,800-seat Stadium Court for the tournament’s marquee matches.
Massive crowds have come out to Key Biscayne over the years to watch high-profile matches featuring tennis legends such as Andre Agassi, Andy Murray, Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams and Venus Williams.
On the men’s side, 2017 Miami Open champion Roger Federer and runner-up Rafael Nadal both return for this year’s event. On the women’s side, British No. 1 Johanna Konta won her first Miami Open title last year and hopes to defend it.
The 2018 Miami Open, which begins March 19 and runs through April 1, will be the last at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park before the tournament moves to its new home at Hard Rock Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins, in 2019.
Off The Court
With amazing spring weather, exotic locales and lively nightlife, Miami serves as an ideal host for one of the sport’s most iconic events.
Compelling tennis matches are to be expected, of course, but the Miami Open also showcases the best food, fashion and entertainment the Magic City has to offer.
The Miami Open’s plaza stands offer a diverse culinary lineup for spectators to enjoy, from Argentinian favorites and sushi to gourmet coffee and ice cream. The Collectors Club, a members-only restaurant, treats guests to a fine dining experience and a comfortable lounge during and between matches.
For avid shoppers, there are tennis shops and a beach on the west side of the stadium with interactive activities for fans to enjoy.
If you want to spot some celebrities in town for the festivities, check out the annual All-Star Tennis Charity Event at the nearby Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne on March 20. Headlined by eight-time Miami Open champion Serena Williams, proceeds from the friendly, round robin-style competition benefit the national nonprofit organization, ACEing Autism.
Tickets and Tips
Tickets for the Miami Open typically go on sale in late summer with individual session tickets starting at just $35 and multi-day ticket packages, which can help fans save up to 40% off the individual ticket price.
If you are visiting, the Miami Open partners with upscale hotels near the Key Biscayne tennis center to offer vacation packages, which include a three-night stay plus tickets to the sessions of your choice for the tournament.
With the exception of suite-level seats situated under an awning, stadium seating is open-air and offers little protection from the sun and elements, so you’ll want to dress cool and comfortably. Wearing a hat and bringing sunscreen is also a good idea — always check the weather beforehand so you can dress accordingly.
WiFi is available and charging stations are located around the stadium.
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General parking is located across from the Miami Seaquarium for $15 and then guests will need to take a free shuttle to the front entrance. The Miami Open now offers a car share program for guests who would like to come and go from the event with more convenience.
Traffic can get congested on the Rickenbacker Causeway, which is the only road that connects the mainland of Miami to Key Biscayne, so give yourself plenty of time to get there -- especially for the weekend sessions.
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