From the Californian desert to the East Coast, the second consecutive combined ATP and WTA 1000 event is just around the corner as the biggest names in tennis head to Miami to complete the ‘Sunshine Double’.
The main draw of the 2023 Miami Open begins with the women’s singles draw on Tuesday 21st March, and finishes on Sunday 2nd April with the men’s singles final and women’s doubles final.
Day sessions begin at 11am local time, with night sessions starting at 7pm local time.
Qualifying for the event takes place between Sunday 19th March and Tuesday 21st March.
The Miami Open is held on the grounds of the Hard Rock Stadium that host 27 courts, 10 for matches and 17 for players to practice on.
World No. 1 Iga Swiatek and World No. 2 Carlos Alcaraz are the respective WTA and ATP defending champions this year. The Pole defeated Naomi Osaka in the final and became the youngest player to win the Sunshine Double in 2022. Alcaraz, meanwhile, beat Casper Ruud in the final to lift his maiden Masters trophy at the age of just 18.
Djokovic, who has won the Miami Open more than any other player in ATP history, was not allowed to play in Indian Wells due to his vaccination status and is likely to suffer the same fate again.
Rafael Nadal and Nick Kyrgios are the other two names that will be absent since they are recovering from hip and knee injuries, respectively. On the women’s side, Anett Kontaveit will be a notable absentee as she continues her recovery from a severe back injury.
Iga Swiatek leads the women’s field once again, as she attempts to triumph in Florida for a second year running.
However, the Pole will face tough competition from the Australian Open champion and leading WTA player so far this year, Aryna Sabalenka.
Emma Raducanu makes the main draw of the Miami Open as a wildcard, with the British No.1 looking to continue her momentum from a positive week in Indian Wells.
The event will be played on hardcourts, with 96 men and 96 women competing in the singles categories. The top 32 men and women will be seeded and receive a bye in the first round to begin their campaigns in the round of 64.
While the women’s singles final will be held on Saturday, April 1, the men’s singles final will take place on Sunday, April 2.