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Miami Open Moves to Hard Rock Stadium in 2019

By DownTheTee | September 2, 2021

By Jane Voigt March 21, 2018 — Butch Buchholz had a dream as he toured the United States in a station wagon with his fellow tennis players, years before the Open Era began in 1968. After Buchholz retired and headed up the ATP, he turned his dream into a reality.  Originally nicknamed “Winter Wimbledon” Buchholz and the Thomas…

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Miami Open, 2017

By DownTheTee | September 2, 2021

Taylor Townsend Into Third Round of Miami, a First for the American Junior Genius Federer Hands Frances First Top-ten Loss Federer Express Rolls On in Miami Is The Miami Open Doomed? New Women’s Champion Will Be Crowned in Miami Tomorrow Johanna Konta Wins Miami for Biggest Career Title Tennis Comes Out on Top

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Dolgopolov Fails to Advance at Sony Open

By DownTheTee | August 31, 2021

By Jane Voigt Key Biscayne, Fla. — Alexandr Dolgopolov had never beaten Tomas Berdych, and he didn’t do it today either. However the Ukrainian had Miami fans on his side from front to back. “I heard they were quite loud and it’s great,” Dolgopolov said. “I think every player enjoys when he’s supported by the…

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Over and Out. Djokovic Admits He Went Too Far. Murray Couldn’t Shake It.

By DownTheTee | August 31, 2021

By Jane Voigt Key Biscayne, Fla. — Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic are friends. They practice together and hang out together. But yesterday at the end of set one in their quarterfinal match, their friendship was put to a test. At 5-6 Murray served, aiming for a tiebreak in the first set. On the first…

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Dominica Cibulkova Moves into Top Ten and Semifinals at Sony Open Tennis

By DownTheTee | August 31, 2021

By Jane Voigt Key Biscayne, Fla. — Windy days in south Florida are normal, especially in spring. But today’s wiggy currents snapped flags, skirts and wits as Dominika Cibulkova saved critical break points to upset former Sony champion and the No. 3 seed Agnieszka Radwanska.  For saving four match points in set two and demonstrating…

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Martina Hingis Has Dream Doubles Partner in Sabine Lisicki

By DownTheTee | August 31, 2021

By Jane Voigt Key Biscayne, Fla. — The sun sat on Martina Hingis’ career over a decade ago. In 1997 she came agonizingly close to an honest-to-goodness calendar-year Grand Slam. She won them all except Roland Garros.  Hingis was the quintessential player. Named after Martina Navratilova, little Martina did it all and well. She was…

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Old Conquers Young at Sony Open

By DownTheTee | August 31, 2021

By Jane Voigt Key Biscayne, Fla. — Before Li Na could get off court she was asked about Madison Keys, the teenager she had just defeated at The Sony Open. “She has a good serve and a big forehand,” Li told fans.  “I think she moves incredibly,” Keys told the press, after her loss 76(3) 62.…

Gone So Soon?

By DownTheTee | August 31, 2021

By Jane Voigt Miami, Fla. — The women’s singles draw at the Sony Open is either half full or half empty, depending upon your point of view.  If the draw’s half full, then opportunities abound for those who have knocked off seeds, as the third round gets underway today.  Caroline Garcia of France is now on…

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Coco Vandeweghe Loss to Serena Williams Had Its Upside

By DownTheTee | August 31, 2021

By Jane Voigt Key Biscayne, Fla. — American Coco Vandeweghe didn’t become the second woman qualifier to reach the quarterfinals in Miami today, but she did get an invitation. After their rain-delayed match Serena Williams, the woman who sent Coco home 63 61, asked the big-serving Californian to play doubles. “Listen, you played so well. We’ve…

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Fans, Shoes, and the Colors of Sony Open Tennis

By DownTheTee | August 31, 2021

Key Biscayne, Fla. — Purple courts and umbrellas. Ball girls wearing electric orange-sicle dresses by FILA. Deep blue shorts for the ball boys, also from FILA. These are a few colors of Sony Open Tennis. They mirror the sun and sea that skirt Key Biscayne and perfectly reflect the atmosphere of the tournament.  A touch over 16,000…