Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka attended the ribbon cutting ceremony of the ATP 1000 Miami Open in Miami, which is set to move from Crandon Park to Hard Rock Stadium this year.
The Tennis Center at Crandon Park had been home of the Miami Open since 1987 until 2018. Last year, it was announced that Miami Open will be moving to Hard Rock Stadium beginning from 2019.
“I think the colour [of the court] is really nice. It resembles ocean and water. It’s the colour of the Miami Dolphins, and we are guests in their stadium for the first time this year,” Novak said in a press meet on Wednesday.
“I thought it was a bold move to [relocate] one of the biggest tournaments in the world in Key Biscayne, a historical venue where this tournament was held for so many years, to a football stadium and create something quite different that we haven’t seen before. It’s a courageous move that can bring a lot of benefits for our sport in general. I did practise on the centre court and it’s really nice. I know how much effort, energy and work has been put into the organisation of this event.”
Novak, a six-times champion in Miami, will begin his campaign for a seventh title on Friday afternoon. The World No.1 takes on either Bernard Tomic or Thiago Monteiro in the second round.