- 25 Feb 2021
Organisers revealed the player field on Thursday for what will be the first Masters 1000 of 2021, after the cancellation of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. The Miami Open is due to be played from March 22 to April 4.
Look who’s coming to Miami😎
— Miami Open (@MiamiOpen) February 25, 2021
Federer has not played in more than a year after having two knee surgeries in 2021. He’s the defending champion in Miami, having won the title in 2019, with the 2020 edition cancelled due to the Coronavirus.
Providing all goes well in Doha next month, the 39-year-old will continue his comeback in Miami alongside a high-class field for Miami, which includes world No 1 Novak Djokovic, fresh from his record ninth Australian Open title. World No 2 Rafael Nadal, who on Thursday pulled out of next week’s ATP event in Rotterdam with the lower-back injury that affected him in the build-up in Melbourne, is also in the field.
Heavy prize money cuts
This year’s Miami Open will have only a limited number of fans due to Coronavirus restrictions, a rule that has impacted heavily on prize money, with the overall prize money for 2021 down by 60 percent, and the winners’ cheques reduced by almost 80 percent.
To be clear, at this year’s @MiamiOpen:
– Total prize money = $6.68 million ($3.34m each for men and women) – down from $16.7 million in 2019.
– Singles winners get $300,110 – down from $1.35 million in 2019 (almost 80 percent down on 2019)https://t.co/hovVV7ceOE
— Tennis Majors (@Tennis_Majors) February 23, 2021
The prize money cuts were approved by the ATP and WTA but John Isner, a former member of the ATP Player Council, expressed his frustration with the ATP in a series of tweets on Wednesday.