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10 questions about the 2021 Miami Open: dates, prize money, Covid-19

Dates, prize money and Covid-19 rules; all you need to know about the 2021 Miami Open

Miami Open 2019 Fans watch a match between Roger Federer, of Switzerland, and Filip Krajinovic, of Serbia, during the Miami Open tennis tournament on Monday, March 25, 2019 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. (Matias J. Ocner/Miami Herald/TNS)

What are the dates of the 2021 Miami Open?

The Miami Open is scheduled to be held from March 22 to April 4. After the postponement of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, the combined event is the first ATP Masters 1000 and first WTA 1000 event of 2021.

Where will it be held?

Since 2019, the Florida tournament has been played at the Hard Rock Stadium, the home of the Miami Dolphins NFL team. The Centre Court can hold 14,0000 people but it will not be used in 2021. From 1987 to 2018, the Miami Open was played on the little island of Key Biscane, in the Crandon Park Tennis Centre.

Will the players have to quarantine before being allowed to play in Miami?

Organisers of the Miami Open have announced that there will be no mandatory quarantine before the tournament begins. Players will need a negative Covid-19 test before arriving, then have another test on arrival and stay in their hotel room until they get the result. Afterwards, they will play in a health bubble, as they did at the US Open. Travel will only be allowed from their hotel to the tournament site and vice versa.

Will the tournament be played behind closed doors?

No, the 2021 Miami Open will not be played behind closed doors. Organisers are hoping to have up to 20 percent of fans through the gates, with social distancing and other Covid-19 restrictions.

Who are the title-holders?

Cancelled last year due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the last champions came in 2019. Ash Barty beat Karolina Pliskova 7-6, 6-3 in the women’s final while Roger Federer defeated John Isner 6-1 6-4 to lift the men’s title, his last Masters 1000 victory to date. Aryna Sabalenka and Elise won the women’s doubles while the Bryan brothers lifted the men’s trophy.

Who has won the most Miami Open titles?

Martina Navratilova, Ivan Lendl, Chris Evert, Martina Hingis, Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Steffi Graf, Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic…all the giants, or almost all – Rafael Nadal has never won it despite reaching four finals – have had their name inscribed on the trophy. Serena Williams has won the most with eight, while Andre Agassi and Novak Djokovic are both six-time champions.

How many ranking points can players win?

Women’s singles:

  • Winner: 1000 points
  • Runner-up: 650
  • Semi-finalists: 390
  • Quarter-finalists: 215
  • Last 16: 120
  • Third round: 65
  • Second round: 35
  • First round: 10

Men’s singles:

  • Winner: 1000
  • Rinner-up: 600
  • Semi-finalists: 360
  • Quarter-finalists: 180
  • Last 16: 90
  • Third round: 45
  • Second round: 25
  • First round: 10

What is the prize money?

The prize money for the 2021 Miami Open is heavily reduced from previous years due to the pandemic. The winners will win $300,110, an 80 percent cut on the $1.354 million Federer and Barty took home in 2019. The overall prize money is down from $16.7 millions in 2019 to $6.68 in 2021 ($3.34 million each).

• Winners: $300,110
• Runners-up: $165,000
• Semi-finalists: $93,000
• Quarter finalists: $65,000
• Last 16: $40,000
• Third round: $26,000
• Second round: $16,000
• First round: $10,000

Who is the tournament director?

In January, 2018, James Blake was named as the tournament director of the Miami Open. The American retired in 2013, having reached a career-high ranking of No 4, made three Grand Slam quarter-finals and finished runner-up at the ATP Finals in 2006. He won 10 titles, the most prestigious of them coming in Washington in 2002.

Why is this tournament also historic in South America?

In Miami, the South American community very often sets the mood in the stands to support the players of its continent, even Spanish-speaking ones like Rafael Nadal. It was in Miami, in 1998, that Marcelo Rios became the first player from South America to become world No 1. In the aftermath of his coronation in Indian Wells, the left-handed Chilean had achieved the famous “Sunshine Double” thanks to an brilliant performance in beating Agassi in the final in Miami.

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