The Miami Open is a professional tennis tournament hosted at the Hard Rock Stadium located in Miami, Florida between the months of March and April. The tennis tournament was founded in 1985 by Butch Buchholz, a former tennis player making this the 36th year of the tournament including the 2020 tournament that was canceled due to the rising covid-19 pandemic.
In 2019, Roger Federer won the Miami Open in men’s singles as well as Ashleigh Barty in women’s singles. Unfortunately, the 2020 Miami Open was canceled due to the covid-19 pandemic. The Miami Open is typically very competitive and some of the biggest tennis stars compete as well in the event. This year is looking to be very different due to many of the competitors pulling out of the competition.
In the past several weeks, tennis pros, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Serena Williams have all pulled out of the tournament. Serena Williams states, “I am disappointed to withdraw from the Miami Open because of recent oral surgery.” She also states “Miami is a special tournament for me because it’s my home. I am sad I won’t be able to see the incredible fans this year, but I look forward to coming back soon!” Roger Federer has decided to withdraw from the Miami Open to “work his way back out on tour” according to his agent, Tony Godsick. Novak Djokovic has “decided to use this precious time at home to stay with my family.” because of the covid-19 restrictions. Rafael Nadal has decided to not play in the tournament stating, “I need to fully recover and get ready for the clay-court season in Europe.”
Although there have been many withdraws from the tournament this year, the tournament will begin on March 22, 2021, and go on through April 4, 2021. The tournament will be watched from all around the world this year and the tournament will allow 750 fans into the stadiums to watch the matches live and in action.