- Posted March 24, 2014 by
Smaller Tournament Brings in Big-Time Tennis Players
While some were excited for March 17 because it was an excuse to take a day off of work and go to your favorite bar or pub, many tennis fans were more interested in what was occurring in Miami, FL. At Crandon Park in Miami the first rounds of the not as well-known tennis tournament, The Sony Open, were beginning.
Although the Sony Open may not have the prestigious recognition of a grand slam like the U.S. Open it still draws similar pro tennis players that make the Grand Slams so enjoyable to watch. This year was no disappointment in having well known players in the U.S. Friday, March 21 was a big day for Miami, being the start of the Second rounds some of the big tennis stars started making an appearance on the courts. A large part of the excitement for this year was having Federer returning to the tournament, seeing as he was unable to attend last year, and he came back with a bang. Starting out the first Stadium play of the day he won his second round match against Thiemo Del Bakker with great reception from the fans with several chanting “Yeah Rog” and “Let’s Go Fed” throughout the match.
Federer was not the only highly regarded player to attend this year in Miami, players like, Djokovic, Venus, and Murray all played in the large stadium (pictured) that hosts a daunting 13,300 tennis fans. Also well-known players such as Wozniacki (Pictured), Tsonga, Stevens, made appearances in both the grandstand in the smaller stadiums, which gives fans a close up view of the players without having to spend extra for prime seating.
Having all of these players come to a smaller tournament gives a chance to many tennis fans, especially those in the U.S. to come and see some great professional tennis in a different location than New York City where the U.S. Open takes place in late August. Not only is it a good opportunity to see tennis, but it also gives viewers a chance to see the pros up close. Many of the stadiums are rather small so some are as lucky to see their favorite player (that is not in the top 10 anyway) within 50 feet if they are lucky enough to grab a spot.
So the next time you think of tennis and only think of the traditional tournaments: The Australian Open, The French Open, Wimbledon, and The U.S. Open, I challenge you to remember although they may not be as big, or have as much hype surrounding them, tournaments like The Sony Open hold just as much exciting game play and well known players. If you are looking to have the chance to see your favorite players live but just can’t bring yourself to pay the big bucks to go to a major, or know you can’t handle the big crowds that they are known to bring, just keep The Sony Open in mind, and remember that sometimes bigger isn’t always better.