The “cool factor’’ still thrives at the Miami Open. Tennis fans are still sipping champagne in fancy tents. They’re still eating sushi, shopping for the latest fashions, celebrity-gazing and lounging on Adirondack chairs – toes sinking in 320 tons of sand while nearby fans play croquet. But more significantly, say tournament officials, they’re still watching the best tennis in the world – and will be for years to come. Despite speculation that the Miami Open, now in its 33rd year, will leave Key Biscayne’s Crandon Park Tennis Center because of legal limitations that prevent the tournament from expanding, tournament officials insist it’s here to stay. Mark Shapiro, co-president of tournament owner
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) Ashleigh Barty stretched her winning streak to eight matches by handing former top-5 player Eugenie Bouchard a fourth consecutive loss, 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 in the first round of the Miami Open on Wednesday. Barty claimed the last three games of the match between two past junior Wimbledon champions whose careers have both been filled with ups and downs. Barty, a 20-year-old Australian, was off the tour for about 1+ years, including a stint playing cricket.
March 22, 2017 By John Frierson UGAAA Staff Writer It’s not just what you do in the big moments that matters. What you do in the moments after the big moments can be just as pivotal and revealing. Both the Georgia men’s and women’s tennis teams played the No. 1 teams in the country last Friday, an odd occurrence for sure, followed by another match on Sunday. Both were able to walk off the court at the end Friday feeling good about their performances and about what might be possible the rest of the season. The Lady Bulldogs, ranked No. 6 at the time, went down to Gainesville and knocked off Florida, 4-1, snapping the Gators’ 163-match home win streak. The Georgia men, meanwhile, went toe to toe