The Miami Open starts up at Hard Rock (includes video story)

Twenty-seven courts have been set up in and around Hard Rock Stadium for the two-week Miami Open, one of the nine WTA 1000 tournaments. It carries significant global ranking importance, and features more than 125 players. Qualifying started this past weekend.

Presented by Itaú, the tournament boasts $8 million in prize money. The amount of ranking points players can earn depends on where their run ends.

The champion will earn $1.1 million in prize money and 1000 points. The finalists will receive $585,000 and 650 points.

Ticket prices for the first round on Wednesday start at $25. Each day, ticket prices increase, with end-game tickets starting at $130.

The variety of events, food, and activities create a festival atmosphere and provide a complete entertainment experience.

The women’s draw was announced yesterday, and the men’s draw will be announced today.

The order of play will be released the night before each tournament day. For more information, please visit here.

Samantha Gutierrez is a student journalist majoring in Digital Communication and Media. As a bilingual reporter, she enjoys covering stories about her diverse Miami community. With a strong passion for broadcasting, she aspires to pursue a career as a multimedia journalist in South Florida.