MIami Open Facts and Trivia
Taking place at the back of March, the Miami Open is one of two ATP Masters 1000 events to take place in the third month of the year, along with the Indian Wells Masters. Unusually for the ATP tour, these are the only events taking place in March! But this post isn’t about the ATP’s overstuffed schedule, it’s about Miami Open facts and trivia.
Miami Open Facts
A brief note on names. The Miami Open has had a few, and will likely have a few more. It has been the Sony Ericsson Open for the better part of a decade. The tournament is officially called The Miami Open Presented by Itaú at the time of writing this post. As with all facts and trivia pages on AdCourtRamble, we’re just going to be sticking with the basic name for the most part.
The Man Behind It All
Retired US Pro Championship champion, Butch Buchholz, founded the Miami Open in 1985. His original intention was to have the tournament kick off the year. This was possible because, back then, the Australian Open was held in December. In perhaps something of an optimistic move, he called the tournament the “Winter Wimbledon”.
Buchholz struck a deal with the ATP that gave him the rights to run the show for fifteen years. He would go on to sell the tournament to events management company, IMG, just before his fifteen years was up.
The Miami Open takes place at the Tennis Centre at Crandon Park in Key Biscayne, Florida. It boasts a 13,800 seated court as the centerpiece. The tournament, and subsequently the venue, is a hard court affair, sporting a green outer court and purple inner.
The prize money for the inaugural tournament was US$1.8million. This was second only to Wimbledon and the US Open at the time. The current prize money on offer is $13million.
In a somewhat unusual state of affairs for a non-Grand Slam event, the Miami Open involves more than 64 players, and last more than a week. Miami hosts competition between 96 players, and last for 12 days.
Keen Eye for Technology
The Miami Open became the first United States tournament to use Hawk-Eye technology.
The men’s final at the Miami Open has come to a premature end on three occasions. In 1989 the final got called off because one competitor, Thomas Muster, was hit by a car. In 2004, Guillermo Coria was forced to retire in the fourth set with pain that later turned out to be kidney stones. But the silliest sounding reason goes to Goran Ivanišević, who had to retire from a stiff neck after sleeping awkwardly.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had a stiff neck, it’s hell. It just sounds silly.
The honours for most Miami Open titles goes to both Andre Agassi and Novak Djokovic. They each have six victories to their name. Pete Sampras and Roger Federer take joint second place with three titles a piece.
And that’s all the Miami Open facts and trivia we have for you… for now. Do you feel this page is a little out of date? Have you noticed something trivia-worthy that’s been missed? Feel free to hop in the comments and let it be known!