The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) has thrust the Sydney stadium spotlight firmly onto provision for a new multi-use indoor arena, claiming an urgent upgrade is needed on the current facilities should the harbour city look to host the proposed revitalised World Teams Cup. The Sydney International currently utilises the facilities built for the Sydney 2000 Summer Olympics, with centre court known as Ken Rosewall Arena, however doesn’t have the required corporate and player facilities to host a major ATP event.
The Miami Open’s proposed move to Hard Rock Stadium has been made official, with details and renderings having been released by the tournament. The event’s final year at Biscayne’s Crandon Park will be 2018. The new facility will be constructed at Hard Rock Stadium in the coming year, with 29 permanent tennis courts being erected for the event. Tournament organizers say the new facility will allow them to increase the quality of the fan experience while also improving fan amenities.
The annual Miami Open tennis tournament, often regarded as the tennis world’s unofficial fifth major, is leaving its picturesque location at Crandon Park for the parking lot at Hard Rock Stadium. In a move that stymied locals, the deal will see the Miami Open head to the Miami Gardens area. While Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez has signed off on the deal, it must be approved by a county vote for it to become official.