Starting next week, the best of the best in the world of professional tennis players will come to Miami to play their hearts out and compete for more than $1 million in prize money for top winners. Tennis phenoms Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic will be among them returning to defend their championship titles.
Tennis fans are also waiting to know if Maria Sharapova, the highest paid female athlete in the world, will be able to compete after she admitted to using a drug recently-banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency. Sharapova, 28, said she has been using the drug, meldonium, for more than a decade to treat choric illness and symptoms of diabetes.
The drug was banned in January. It’s not clear if she will be allowed to compete this month.
The Miami Open tennis tournament has been touted as the standard for glamour in international tennis. It begins on March 21 and runs through April 3. While much of the two week run will be taken over by tennis matches, if you’re just there to support the tennis lover in your life, there will still be lots to enjoy.
The Miami Open tennis tournament will host a Kid’s Day on March 22 for families and on April 1, Duran Duran will hold a concert at the Bayfront Amphitheater in downtown Miami.
The legendary band is on tour promoting its highly acclaimed album Paper Gods, which was released in September 2015 and reached a high of No. 10 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart, earning Duran Duran its highest-charting album in 22 years.
For more information on scheduling and to purchase tickets to the Miami Open, visit their website at miamiopen.com.
This event lasts two weeks. Don’t rush your visit. Come and stay in the lap of luxury. Book your visit at the brand new Hilton Garden Inn Miami South Beach Royal Polo hotel. Come for the tennis, stay for Miami’s vibrant culture in a historic and beautifully restored building in the heart of the Art Deco district.