Miami Open announces exciting updates for this year’s tournament
Jan 29, 2024
The Miami Open presented by Itaú announced today that this year’s edition of the tournament will feature an elite wheelchair event and Major League Pickleball (MLP), marking the first-time both events will take place at any 1000 series tournament.
The 2024 Miami Open presented by Itaú will also offer fans an off-court experience to match the on-court excellence of the world’s best men and women tennis players competing at the ATP and WTA 1000 event, March 17 – 31, at the iconic Hard Rock Stadium.
Above: Argentina's Gustavo Fernandez. Photo credit: Daniel Kopatsch.
From March 26-28, wheelchair tennis will make its debut at the fan-favorite tournament. Japan's Shingo Kunieda, four-time Paralympic gold medalist and winner of 28 major singles titles, will be the tournament director with Grand Slam champions, Great Britain’s Gordon Reid and Argentina’s Gustavo Fernandez already confirmed in the field.
Major League Pickleball (MLP) will also make its debut from March 27 – 29, featuring a pro-am and two-day tournament starring 16 of the world’s best players. A collection of 16 top MLP pros will showcase their incredible talents during the All-Star tournament, complete with round robin pool play and three playoff matches. Additional events will include the MLP stars playing alongside celebrities in a Pro-Am round robin tournament and a Pro-Am team exhibition match.
Above: Pickleball star Tyra Black. Photo credit: MLP.
“We are delighted to welcome both wheelchair tennis players and MLP stars to this year’s Miami Open presented by Itaú,” Tournament Director James Blake said. “We want to continue to build on the festival atmosphere that is now so synonymous with the Open and we are proud to be the first 1000 series event to showcase elite wheelchair tennis and pickleball athletes to our fans.”
The Miami Open presented by Itaú, known for its world-class culinary experience, will welcome more than 30 of Miami’s leading restaurants and bars this year as organizers aim to infuse tennis with the iconic culture of Miami.
Above: A look at the impressive array of culinary options at the Miami Open. Photo credit: Miami Open presented by Itaú.
Pop-ups of Miami’s finest restaurants will pepper the Campus with diverse culinary delights at every turn including David Chang’s Fuku Chicken, famous for its delicious thigh-meat spicy fried chicken sandwich; Cheeseburger Baby known to locals as “The Queen of South Beach” and Ella’s Oyster Bar, serving the freshness of New England cuisine with the zest and complexity of Miami’s unique culture. Tournament favorites returning to the Miami Open campus include Sushi Maki, Kiki on the River, and Bodega Taqueria y Tequila, while The Grove delivers the regional Florida flare featuring local Miami food truck options.
Inside the only tennis stadium court built within an NFL venue, stadium ticket holders will have the opportunity to experience Milos, the award-winning seafood restaurant and the first premium bookable dining option at the tournament, another new addition for 2024.
Above: Relax with a drink at the Miami Open. Photo credit: Miami Open presented by Itaú.
Piper-Heidsieck Champagne Garden, the Dobel Tequila Bar, the Botran Rum Lounge, Santa Margherita and No.3 Gin Lounge will offer visitors a wide array of refreshments and places to relax in between enjoying the feast of matches being played on the ten competition courts.
“The fan experience is paramount to everything we do at Hard Rock Stadium, and we are excited to build on the already extensive variety of culinary offerings and add to the action at this year’s Miami Open presented by Itaú,” said Chris Clements, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Hard Rock Stadium. “We pride ourselves on delivering the most culturally immersive tennis tournament with elite on-court action and best-in-class food and beverage. This year with an action-packed line up of international tennis, elite wheelchair tennis and MLP, we look forward to offering fans the best tournament to date.”
Source: Miami Open. Top Photo: Daniil Medvedev at the Miami Open. Photo credit: Miami Open presented by Itaú.