Serena Williams, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have all withdrawn from this week’s Miami Open tennis. But who is still playing? When does it start? And how can you watch on TV?
Tennis takes its first big pit-stop since Australia this week as the Miami Open gets underway.
The event is the first ATP Masters 1000 tournament of the season, as well as the first Mandatory WTA 1000 event for the women.
The former’s field has been weakened significantly following the withdrawals of the ‘Big Three’ while Stan Wawrinka and Dominic Thiem have also pulled out.
That means that Daniil Medvedev is the top seed, while Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev and Andrey Rublev are also involved.
Andy Murray has also been granted a wildcard.
The women’s draw is pretty much full-strength – with Serena Williams the only notable withdrawal at the point of writing.
World number one and defending champion (from 2019) Ash Barty heads the field, while Naomi Osaka, Simona Halep, Garbine Muguruza, Bianca Andreescu and Iga Swiatek are just some more top names.
When does the Miami Open start and is it on TV?
The tournament proper will begin on Wednesday 24th March and run until Sunday 4th April.
Amazon Prime hold the TV rights for the tournament in the UK – with both the men’s and women’s action televised on the channel.
And a limited number of spectators will also be present at Miami Gardens.
As per the Miami Herald, attendances will be capped at between 800 to 1000 per session, with the total number significantly down from the usual 300,000 that flock to watch the action over the fortnight.
The tournament will be very different to the last version two years ago, with the main ‘Stadium Court’ within the Hard Rock Stadium not even being used this time out. (Reuters)
So no Williams. No Nadal, nor Federer or Djokovic. No full stadia.
But there’s still a heck of a lot to keep you satisfied once the action gets underway on Wednesday.