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Tennis - Miami Open: All You Need To Know

A handful of big names may be absent from both the ATP and WTA Miami event taking place this week but the hardcourt event should nonetheless provide plenty of entertainment.

Here is everything you need to know about the upcoming tournaments.

What is the Miami Open?

The Miami Open is a hardcourt tennis tournament in Florida which is part of both the men's ATP Tour and the women's WTA Tour.

It is an ATP Masters 1000 event and WTA 1000 event and the 2022 tournament will be the 37th edition of the competition.

When is the Miami Open?

The 2022 Miami Open began on Monday 21st March with the qualifiers and the first round of both the ATP and WTA tournaments begins on Tuesday 22nd March. Day session matches will start at 3pm UK time, whilst night sessions will start at 11pm UK time.

Where is the Miami Open held?

The event takes place on the hard courts of the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens in Florida in the USA.

Is the Miami Open on TV?

The Miami Open will be available to watch throughout on Amazon Prime Video.

Who won the Miami Open 2021?

Polish talent Hubert Hurkacz is the reigning men's champion at the Miami Open, having defeated young Italian Jannik Sinner 7-6 6-4 in the 2021 final.

Australian ace Ashleigh Barty, meanwhile, is a two-time defending champion, having won the Miami Open in 2019 and 2021 - the last two editions of the tournament - but will not be involved this time around.

Barty also sat out Indian Wells recently as she continues to recover from her Australian Open exploits at the start of the year.

Who are the favourites for the Miami Open?

Daniil Medvedev is the 9/4 favourite to lift the trophy in the men's draw as he bids return to the world number one spot, although his best performance in the event came in 2021 when he made the quarter-finals. Next in the betting are Alex Zverev at 5/1 and Carlos Alcaraz at 13/2.

In the WTA Miami, young Pole Iga Swiatek leads the way in the betting at 9/2 and is followed by veteran Simona Halep at 8/1. Aryna Sabalenka is top seed and can be backed at 12/1 to win the event.

When are the finals of the Miami Open?

The women's singles final will take place first on Saturday 2nd April, while the men's singles final will take place a day later on Sunday 3rd April.

Which player has won the Miami Open the most?

Serbian Novak Djokovic is tied with American Andrea Agassi on a record six titles in the ATP Miami, but will not be involved in the upcoming event, having also missed the Australian Open earlier this season.

In the WTA Miami, meanwhile, legend Serena Williams leads the way with eight title triumphs, the most recent of which came in 2015.

Which players will be involved in ATP Miami?

While the ATP Miami will be missing Djokovic, Roger Federer and 2022 Australian Open champion Rafael Nadal, there are still plenty of big-hitters set to be involved in Florida.

A run to the semi-finals would see Medvedev reinstated as the world number one and he is one to keep an eye on, having finished runner-up in the Australian Open.

All four of his Masters titles have come on hard courts which should give him an advantage in Miami but the draw has not been kind to the Russian, who could face Andy Murray in the second round.

Murray is 1/9 to defeat Federico Delbonis, who is 11/2 to prevail, in the first round on Wednesday.

Others to monitor include second seed Zverev, who will face either Borna Coric or a qualifier in his first match and was the only male to win multiple Masters titles in 2021 - prevailing in both Madrid and Cincinnati.

Third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, meanwhile, is targeting his first title win on the 2022 ATP Tour, having finished as a runner-up to Canadian starlet Felix Auger-Aliassime in Rotterdam earlier this year.

He will start his Miami campaign against either a qualifier or Daniel Altmaier in the second round.

Which players will be involved in WTA Miami?

Serena Williams and Barty are among the big names missing the WTA Miami, in which outright favourite Swiatek could cause a stir.

Swiatek will be looking to become the youngest WTA Miami champion since Victoria Azarenka and the Pole leads the way with wins on the WTA Tour this year with 20.

She is fresh from taking the Indian Wells title and the second seed will face either a qualifier or Viktorija Golubic in the second round.

Top seed Sabalenka, meanwhile, reached the fourth round of the Australian Open at the start of the year and the quarter finals of the Qatar Open in February and will fancy her chances.

Only Barty (14) has won as many WTA Tour titles as Sabalenka (ten) since the beginning of the 2018 season.

Halep, 23rd seed, also finds herself among the leading lights in the tournament after reaching the semi-final stage of the recent Indian Wells tournament, but could face 25/1 outright shot Emma Raducanu of Great Britain in the third round.

Runner-up at Indian Wells, Maria Sakkari, will be looking to go a step further and win the Miami Open and is 14/1 to do so, while Spanish star Paula Badosa is aiming to become only the fourth woman this century to win both the Indian Wells and Miami titles.

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