2018 Miami Open
When: Tuesday through April 1.
Where: Crandon Park Tennis Center, Key Biscayne (Final time at this site. Tournament moves to Hard Rock Stadium in 2019)
Defending Champions: (Singles) Roger Federer, Johanna Konta. (Doubles) Lukasz Kubot/Marcelo Melo, Gabriela Dabrowski/Yifan Xu
Tickets: Packages start at $136 and individual session tickets start at $35 at http://miamiopen.com/ or at 305-442-3367.
How to Get There/Where to Park: General Parking $15 across from Seaquarium, continuous shuttles to venue. ADA parking Lot 2 with handicap pass. Taxi station Lot 3. Bike racks Lot 4. Will-call and spectator pick-up/drop-off Lot 6. Metro Bus 102-Route B. Uber/Lyft/car share North Gate Lot 6.
10 Players to Watch
Roger Federer: At 36 years old, Federer is the oldest-ever world No. 1 and is off to the best season start of his career. He was 17-1, including an Australian Open title, after losing Sunday’s final at Indian Wells, Calif., to Juan Martin del Potro. His previous best start was in 2006, when he went 16-0 and finished the year 92-5. He’s a three-time champion on Key Biscayne.
Juan Martin del Potro: The Argentine, always a crowd favorite in South Florida, is back in the Top 10 after dropping to No. 1,045 following three wrist surgeries. He won 16 of his first 19 matches this season, and defeated Roger Federer in Sunday’s final at Indian Wells, California.
Novak Djokovic: The former No. 1 and six-time Miami Open champion is off to a rocky start this season after missing most of last year with an elbow injury. He lost in the second round to Japanese qualifier Taro Daniel at Indian Wells last week and in the fourth-round to Hyeon Chung at the Australian Open.
Marin Cilic: Reached No. 3 in the world after taking Federer to five sets in the 2018 Australian Open final. He was also runner-up to Federer at Wimbledon last summer. The 6-6 Croat has a huge serve.
Alexander “Sascha” Zverev: The dynamic 20-year-old reached No. 3 in the world last year and is now No. 5 — the youngest player in the Top 30. He won five titles in 2017, beat Federer in the Montreal final, and beat then-No. 3 Stan Wawrinka in the Miami Open to reach the quarterfinals, where he lost a thrilling match to Nick Kyrgios.
Serena Williams: The 23-time Grand Slam champion and eight-time winner on Key Biscayne is back on tour after giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia on Sept. 1, 2017. Williams took off 13 months after winning the 2017 Australian Open. She made her official comeback at Indian Wells, where she lost to older sister, Venus, 6-3, 6-4 in the third round.
Naomi Osaka: The hottest new name in the game, this 20-year-old Haitian-American-Japanese player is coming off a title at Indian Wells, Calif. She won the final 6-3, 6-2 over Daria Kasatkina Sunday, after beating Maria Sharapova, No. 5 Karolina Pliskova and top-ranked Simona Halep in earlier rounds. Osaka, who is based in Boca Raton, was born in Japan to a Japanese mother and Haitian-American father. She has lived in the United States since age 3 but represents Japan. She is ranked No. 22 in the world heading into the Miami Open.
Simona Halep: World No. 1 had won 18 of 19 matches this year before running into red-hot Osaka in the semifinals at Indian Wells. Halep looked flat and was overpowered by Osaka, 6-3, 6-0. She’ll be looking to put that loss behind her in Miami.
Caroline Wozniacki: The reigning Australian Open champion had a chance to regain the No. 1 ranking had she advanced further at Indian Wells, but she lost to newcomer Daria Kasatkina, who reached the final and lost to Osaka. Wozniacki, a 27-year-old Dane, is No. 2 in the world.
Venus Williams: She is 37 years old, but never count out a seven-time Grand Slam champion. She reached the semifinals at Indian Wells and has won three titles on Key Biscayne, but none since 2001.