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Day 2 Preview: Murray’s Miami Return

  • Posted: Mar 23, 2022

Day 2 Preview: Murray’s Miami Return

Korda, Brooksby, Paul lead American charge at Hard Rock Stadium

Andy Murray may be familiar with the Miami Open presented by Itau, but the former World No. 1 will find himself in new surroundings on Thursday evening.

The Brit has lifted the trophy in Miami twice but has not played at the tournament since 2016, when it was still being held at its former home in Key Biscayne. His first outing at Hard Rock Stadium headlines the day two action at the ATP Masters 1000 event as he takes on a player he has never beaten in Federico Delbonis.

Delbonis beat Murray in three sets at the 2016 BNP Paribas Open, the pair’s only previous meeting, and the Argentine’s best run in Miami was a fourth-round appearance in 2017. If he or Murray want to get that far this year, they would have to conquer top seed Daniil Medvedev in the second round.

Several home favourites also start their campaigns on Thursday, with the American charge led by Tommy Paul, Jenson Brooksby, and Sebastian Korda. 2021 Intesa Sanpaolo Next Gen ATP Finals runner-up Korda takes on Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina for the first time, hoping it will be the beginning of another dream run in Miami after he reached the quarter-finals on debut in 2021.

Fellow 21-year-old Brooksby opens up against Argentine Federico Coria as he seeks to continue his meteoric rise. The World No. 39 has reached two tour-level finals since bursting onto the Tour in mid-2021 and will hope to build on a fourth-round run at last week’s BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells that included a thrilling win over Stefanos Tsitsipas.

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Also looking to give the home fans something to cheer about is Tommy Paul. He faces Benjamin Bonzi who, like Brooskby, is another recent graduate from the ATP Challenger Tour, having won seven titles at that level since the start of 2021. Paul arrives in Miami fresh from clinching the biggest win of his career against Alexander Zverev in Indian Wells and the American had the edge on Bonzi in the pair’s first meeting at the Adelaide International 2 in January.


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Jack Sock and Miomir Kecmanovic also meet on Thursday, both coming into Miami off the back of a productive time in California. Qualifier Sock took the doubles trophy playing alongside John Isner, while Kecmanovic upset Marin Cilic and Matteo Berrettini on the way to the quarter-finals.

World No. 48 Kecmanovic won the pair’s only previous meeting in Atlanta in 2019 and will equal his best performance in Miami if he beats Sock, but the former Top 10 American knows his way around in south Florida, having reached the quarter-finals in 2017.

Other action on day two sees three-time quarter-finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga take on World No. 78 Jordan Thompson, while #NextGenATP Italian Lorenzo Musetti faces off against Alexei Popyrin.


STADIUM start 12:00 noon
ATP – S. Korda (USA) vs A. Davidovich Fokina (ESP)

Not Before 1:00 PM
WTA – N. Osaka (JPN) vs [13] A. Kerber (GER)
WTA – [11] E. Raducanu (GBR) vs R. Marino (CAN) or K. Siniakova (CZE)

Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP – F. Delbonis (ARG) vs [WC] A. Murray (GBR)

Not Before 8:30 PM
WTA – [1] A. Sabalenka (BLR) vs I. Begu (ROU)

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
WTA – [18] L. Fernandez (CAN) vs K. Muchova (CZE)
ATP – J. Brooksby (USA) vs F. Coria (ARG)
ATP – [PR] J. Tsonga (FRA) vs J. Thompson (AUS)
ATP – T. Paul (USA) vs B. Bonzi (FRA)

Not Before 7:00 PM
WTA – [3] A. Kontaveit (EST) vs A. Li (USA)

BUTCH BUCHHOLZ start 11:00 am
WTA – [9] D. Collins (USA) vs A. Bondar (HUN)
WTA – M. Linette (POL) vs [8] O. Jabeur (TUN)
ATP – L. Musetti (ITA) vs A. Popyrin (AUS)
ATP – M. Fucsovics (HUN) vs M. Giron (USA)
ATP – [Q] J. Sock (USA) vs M. Kecmanovic (SRB)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
ATP – [Q] E. Gomez (ECU) vs [Q] Y. Nishioka (JPN)
ATP – D. Altmaier (GER) vs [Q] J. Wolf (USA)
WTA – [27] C. Giorgi (ITA) vs [LL] L. Bronzetti (ITA)
WTA – [Q] A. Kalinskaya (RUS) vs [6] K. Pliskova (CZE)
WTA – [22] B. Bencic (SUI) vs M. Kostyuk (UKR)

COURT 7 start 11:00 am
ATP – [PR] A. Bedene (SLO) vs U. Humbert (FRA)
ATP – P. Martinez (ESP) vs J. Struff (GER)
WTA – H. Watson (GBR) vs [15] E. Svitolina (UKR)
WTA – [WC] D. Saville (AUS) vs [23] S. Halep (ROU)
ATP – [WC] F. Lopez (ESP) / S. Tsitsipas (GRE) vs A. Bublik (KAZ) / A. Golubev (KAZ)

COURT 5 start 11:00 am
ATP – L. Harris (RSA) vs F. Bagnis (ARG)
ATP – [WC] H. Hurkacz (POL) / J. Isner (USA) vs K. Krawietz (GER) / A. Mies (GER)
ATP – [WC] T. Kokkinakis (AUS) / N. Kyrgios (AUS) vs S. Gonzalez (MEX) / A. Molteni (ARG)
ATP – S. Baez (ARG) vs K. Majchrzak (POL)
ATP – L. Djere (SRB) vs A. Rinderknech (FRA)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
WTA – J. Teichmann (SUI) or A. Riske (USA) vs [31] A. Cornet (FRA)
WTA – A. Sasnovich (BLR) vs [25] D. Kasatkina (RUS)
WTA – [32] S. Sorribes Tormo (ESP) vs K. Kanepi (EST)
WTA – [Q] V. Zvonareva (RUS) vs [19] T. Zidansek (SLO)
WTA – [7] D. Krawczyk (USA) / D. Schuurs (NED) vs E. Gorgodze (GEO) / G. Minnen (BEL)

COURT 3 start 11:00 am
WTA – E. Hozumi (JPN) / M. Ninomiya (JPN) vs [OSE] M. Keys (USA) / J. Pegula (USA)
WTA – [4] C. Gauff (USA) / C. McNally (USA) vs [DA SR] T. Mihalikova (SVK) / K. Peschke (CZE)
WTA – S. Aoyama (JPN) / H. Chan (TPE) vs L. Kichenok (UKR) / J. Ostapenko (LAT)
ATP – [5] J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) vs K. Khachanov (RUS) / A. Rublev (RUS)
ATP – [Q] M. Kukushkin (KAZ) vs B. van de Zandschulp (NED)

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Draper Downs Simon For Dream Miami Win

  • Posted: Mar 23, 2022

Draper Downs Simon For Dream Miami Win

Nakashima beats Kwon on main-draw debut

Jack Draper brought his scintillating form to the big stage at the Miami Open presented by Itau on Wednesday, surging past Gilles Simon to secure a first ATP Masters 1000 win at Hard Rock Stadium.

The 20-year-old Brit, who has already won three titles on the ATP Challenger Tour in 2022, put his strong serve and powerful groundstrokes to good effect to wear down his resilient opponent and secure a 7-5, 6-1 victory.

The hot and humid conditions in Miami will make the win all the more pleasing for Draper, who was forced to retire against Mikhail Kukushkin on his debut at the tournament a year ago.

“[It feels] really good,” said Draper after the match. “I played an okay match today. It was tough conditions. It wasn’t the easiest, especially after what happened last year. It was in the back of my mind a little bit.

“I’m glad to come through the match. I think it shows the work I’ve put in the last six months, so I’m happy with the performance today.”

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After an early exchange of breaks, a poor service game from Simon at 5-5 presented Draper with the opportunity to clinch the opening set, the 20-year-old showing no signs of nerves as he served it out to love.

The second set was a more one-sided affair. Draper breaking three times to complete the win in one hour, 48 minutes. Whenever he was under pressure in the match, the Brit’s big serve guided him away from trouble. He saved six out of seven break points he faced and won 70 per cent (28/40) of points behind his first serve, according to Infosys ATP Stats.

The defeat leaves Simon still two victories short of 500 career-wins, while Draper’s bid to reach November’s Intesa Sanpaolo Next Gen ATP Finals continues to gather momentum.

Next up for Draper is a familiar face, fellow Brit Cameron Norrie. It will be the pair’s second tour-level meeting, after Norrie ended Draper’s promising run at the 2021 Cinch Championships in London at the quarter-final stage.

“I’ve played a lot with Cam in the UK,” said Draper. “He’s one of the guys who has been great with me as a young Brit. I think he’s always supporting, always sending me messages.

“[It’s] nice I get to share the court with him on Friday. When I played him at Queen’s last year, I’m a lot better player than that I think. Hopefully I can give him a run for his money on Friday.”


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Brandon Nakashima also enjoyed a first Miami main-draw win on Wednesday, overcoming World No. 63 Soonwoo Kwon, 6-1, 7-5, to set an all-American second-round clash with 28th seed Frances Tiafoe.

#NextGenATP star Nakashima took advantage of an error-strewn start from Kwon to surge ahead and then broke at the tail end of the second set to clinch victory in the pair’s first ATP Head2Head meeting.

Francisco Cerundolo was making his Masters 1000 main-draw debut and facing Tallon Griekspoor for the first time, but the Argentine handled both the conditions and his opponent well as he claimed a 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 victory. Defeat leaves World No. 57 Griekspoor, also playing for the first time at Hard Rock Stadium, still hunting a first win at Masters 1000 level. Cerundolo’s next assignment is a second-round meeting with 16th seed Reilly Opelka.

Earlier in the day World No. 68 Hugo Gaston notched his second tour-level win of the season in rapid time, beating 20-year-old American wild card Emilio Nava 6-2, 6-1 in just over an hour to move through to a second-round clash with 2018 champion John Isner.

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ATP Stars Pay Tribute To Retiring WTA No. 1 Ash Barty

  • Posted: Mar 23, 2022

ATP Stars Pay Tribute To Retiring WTA No. 1 Ash Barty

Australian star steps away from tennis aged 25

Ashleigh Barty is going out on top.

The WTA Tour World No. 1’s final point of her career was a particularly special one – a forehand pass past Danielle Collins to become the first Australian woman since 1978 to win the women’s singles title at January’s Australian Open.

On Wednesday, Barty announced her retirement from professional tennis at the age of 25. “Today is difficult and filled with emotion for me as I announce my retirement from tennis,” she wrote via Instagram. “I am so thankful for everything this sport has given me and leave feeling proud and fulfilled. Thank you to everyone who has supported me along the way, I’ll always be grateful for the lifelong memories that we created together.”

Barty had stepped away from the game before, taking a two-year break between 2015 and 2017, but returned to take the WTA Tour by storm. She picked up a first Grand Slam title at Roland Garros in 2019 and clinched the Wimbledon title in 2021 before her Melbourne triumph in January.

At the time of her announcement Barty has been at No. 1 in the WTA Rankings for 114 consecutive weeks, and she can also count a 2018 US Open doubles title, won with American Coco Vandeweghe, amongst her achievements.

As news of Barty’s retirement reverberated around the tennis world several ATP stars, as well as many of her contemporaries on the WTA Tour, paid tribute to her glittering career.

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How Medvedev Can Retake World No. 1 From Djokovic After Miami

  • Posted: Mar 23, 2022

How Medvedev Can Retake World No. 1 From Djokovic After Miami

The 26-year-old controls battle for No. 1 in Miami

Daniil Medvedev has an opportunity to retake the No. 1 spot in the ATP Rankings from Novak Djokovic following the Miami Open presented by Itau.

If the 26-year-old advances to at least the semi-finals at the season’s second ATP Masters 1000 event, he will begin his second stint atop men’s tennis’ mountain on 4 April. Medvedev on 28 February became the 27th player to reach World No. 1 since the creation of the ATP Rankings in 1973.

If Medvedev loses earlier than the semi-finals, Djokovic will remain World No. 1. The Serbian retook top spot on Monday following the BNP Paribas Open, where Medvedev lost in the third round against Gael Monfils.

Djokovic (8,465 points) currently holds a 55-point advantage over Medvedev (8,410). On 4 April, Djokovic will drop his 2019 Miami points (45) and Medvedev will drop his 2021 Miami points (180), giving the Serbian a virtual 190-point lead. 

However, since Djokovic is not competing in Miami, the battle for No. 1 is in Medvedev’s hands. The four-time ATP Masters 1000 titlist will try to earn his first title of the season in Florida.

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Murray, Halep Lead ATP & WTA Stars In Miami Open Unites

  • Posted: Mar 23, 2022

Murray, Halep Lead ATP & WTA Stars In Miami Open Unites

Stars help community in second edition of the initiative

The stars of the ATP Tour and the Hologic WTA Tour are used to competing against each other, but on Tuesday they came together in a big way in Miami.

The world’s best tennis players ventured into the wider South Florida community for the second edition of Miami Open Unites, a series of events held throughout the day in which athletes competing in the Miami Open presented by Itau supported those in need, inspired the next generation and more.

Andy Murray, Frances Tiafoe, Sania Mirza and Jessica Pegula visited Moore Park Tennis Centre, which was founded by Arthur Ashe and Butch Buchholz, to participate in a clinic put on by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami and answer questions from the kids.

“I think it’s so important. You see kids here from all different backgrounds just enjoying picking up tennis racquets. Some are playing for the first time and that’s ultimately what we want to do,” Murray said. “We want to try and give back to our sport a little bit and inspire some kids to take up tennis.”

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Pegula was touched by hearing from some of the kids and learning how the programme has been able to improve the lives of many kids in the area.

“It was pretty incredible to hear some of the stories of some of the partnerships that they’ve done, and matching kids with mentors and Big Brothers, Big Sisters, and how some of them have even gone on and been professional athletes just like us. It’s really special and just kind of humbling,” Pegula said. “It’s really super important. It’s the reason why I think we all are happy to be here, to do this, to give back to the community that is putting on the event.”

<a href=''>Casper Ruud</a>, Simona Halep, <a href=''>Fabio Fognini</a>
Photo Credit: Peter Staples/ATP Tour
Elsewhere, Fabio Fognini, Casper Ruud and Simona Halep helped Rebuilding Together, which repairs and rebuilds housing for senior citizens and veterans, while Jannik Sinner and Sloane Stephens joined the Miami Open team for a donation to Dress For Success, a not-for-profit organisation that provides women a network of support, professional attire and more.

Matteo Berrettini, Denis Shapovalov and Belinda Bencic, all big fans of dogs, went to the Humane Society of Greater Miami to help groom some lost and forgotten animals from South Florida. The ultimate goal of the centre is to help prepare the animals for adoption.

“Today we are at the dog shelter, we are making dog baths and I think it’s very nice,” Bencic said. “For me this one suits the most. I really love dogs and I also have a dog from a dog shelter, actually. So that’s why I think this one is best for me, but I really like the whole idea of this initiative.”

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Photo Credit: Peter Staples/ATP Tour
Another activity saw Carlos Alcaraz, Pablo Carreno Busta, Paula Badosa and Ons Jabeur spend time at the Miami Rescue Mission to feed those in need of meals. Roberto Bautista Agut, Reilly Opelka and Samantha Stosur travelled to Liberty City to assist Health in the Hood by planting seeds in a vegetable garden, which will turn into produce that is distributed for free to those in need.

In the final event of the day, Diego Schwartzman, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alize Cornet and Karolina Pliskova took a trip to Miami Beach to clean up garbage. They even had a fun little competition among themselves to see who would pick up the most trash.

“Making every single day count,” Tsitsipas said. “[It is about] sustainability and trying to save our planet and make it a better place to live.”

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Alcaraz, Carreno Busta & WTA Players Serve In A New Way In Miami

  • Posted: Mar 23, 2022

Alcaraz, Carreno Busta & WTA Players Serve In A New Way In Miami

Quarter serves lunch to guests in need

Tennis players serve every day on the tennis court. But on Tuesday, Carlos Alcaraz led a quartet of ATP Tour and WTA Tour stars in serving food for the needy as part of Miami Open Unites.

Alcaraz, Pablo Carreno Busta, Paula Badosa and Ons Jabeur served lunch at the Miami Rescue Mission, which has existed for 100 years. The Mission provides food, shelter and programmes to guests in South Florida.

“It was pretty amazing. I’m so happy to be able to help,” Alcaraz said. “It’s good to do different things than tennis, so I’m really happy.”

One year ago on his Miami Open presented by Itau debut, Alcaraz was No. 132 in the ATP Rankings and still breaking onto the ATP Tour. Now the reigning Intesa Sanpaolo Next Gen ATP Finals champion is a career-high World No. 16 and one of the tournament favourites in Miami.

Last week, the 18-year-old made the BNP Paribas Open semi-finals and pushed Rafael Nadal in a thrilling three-set semi-final. Alcaraz is excited to be back in Miami and continue his ascent.

“It’s amazing. I watched this tournament since I was a kid. It’s a pretty good tournament,” Alcaraz said. “Last year with the pandemic and Covid, it was a little bit different. But this year for sure it’s going to be a different year, different tournament. I’m really happy to be able to play here in Miami.”

<a href=''>Pablo Carreno Busta</a>, <a href=''>Carlos Alcaraz</a>, Paula Badosa and Ons Jabeur
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The tennis stars served a lunch of meat, rice, beans and plantains. Carreno Busta ensured that all guests received a drink to go with their meal.

“We had the opportunity to do this kind of activity and are [happy] to be here,” Carreno Busta said. “This is our work also, so I think that we want to help as soon as we can and this activity is very important to these people [so they can] have lunch, to have dinner. I appreciate being here.”

This was Badosa’s first visit to an activity like this. The Spaniard called it a “very nice experience”.

“The people were very nice here. For me it’s very nice to do these kind of activities,” Badosa said. “I think it’s a part of our job as well to help each other. It’s very important and for me it’s very special to be here because I’m really a person that likes to help.”

Jabeur added that this was a reminder of how important it is to give back as soon as possible. The Tunisian hopes to do it more often.

“I’ve loved helping people from a very young age and as soon as I have the opportunity to, I can see those guests really needed help, so be able to provide this is unbelievable,” Jabeur said. “It’s a great feeling and it makes me very grateful for the life I have. You should not take anything for granted.”

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