MIAMI, Fla. (www.sonyopentennis.com) – 17-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams will begin defending her Sony Open singles title during the day session (Session 5) on Thursday, March 20. The opponent for the six-time Sony Open champion will be revealed on Sunday, March 16 when the rest of the women’s draw is announced. The most glamorous tournament on the Tours’ schedule runs March 17-30 at the Crandon Park Tennis Center.
Williams opening match will kick-off an exciting weekend of tennis which will include ATP World No. 2 Novak Djokovic taking the court on Friday, March 21 (Session 7) and World No. 1 Rafael Nadal making his return to Miami on Saturday, March 22 (Session 10). Tickets are available and can be purchased online at www.SonyOpenTennis.com or by phone at 305-442-3367.
In 2013, Williams claimed her sixth title in Miami, surpassing Steffi Graff for the most by any woman in Sony Open history and tying Andre Agassi for the most by any player all-time. To become the winningest player in Sony Open history Williams will have to navigate an impressive player field including Australian Open winner Li Na, four-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova, two-time Sony Open champion Victoria Azarenka and many more.
Not to be outdone, the men’s player field is even more impressive with 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer, defending Sony Open champion Andy Murray, Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka and former US Open champion Juan Martin del Porto all entered to play.
But the Sony Open is not just a tennis tournament, it is a lifestyle event. The Sony Open offers a range of activities for the entire family. From the die-hard tennis fan to the casual consumer, the Sony Open features food by world-class chefs, luxurious shopping options, live music, beautiful weather and a host of other activities.
Come out and see why the Sony Open is considered the place to be in March!