Day 2 at the Miami Sony Open

Hello everybody,

The players have been coming out early in the morning this week down here in Miami to escape the heat. And more importantly, so they can secure their own court to practice on and have the luxury of using a full court instead of splitting one with any of their tour rivals.

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Caroline Wozniacki practicing in Miami

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Serena Williams practicing in Miami

On Tuesday, I had a quality practice with Caroline Wozniacki on Centre Court but today even
though coming out at 8:30am she didn’t get a show court.  Even Serena Williams didn’t get centre court to practice on today when coming out at 8:30am. She was practicing out there on one of the regular practice courts with her hitting partner Sascha Bajin and her coach Patrick Mouratoglou.

 

Both Caroline and Serena will be opening up play tomorrow in Miami.  Serena will play Flavia Pennetta second on the Main Stadium, while Caroline’s first match is against qualifier Karolina Pliskova and will be third on over on the Grandstand.

Kevin Anderson is continuing to grind and work hard here in Miami. He was already hitting them big when I arrived to the site this morning at 8:15, he must have started  around 7am. It looks like he won’t officially take to the courts until Friday, which gives him enough time to adjust to the Miami heat and humidity.

Great effort by all of them.

Enjoy the Tennis!

Mats

@matsmerkel

The Best Seats in the House at the BNP Paribas Open

The BNP Paribas Open offers some of the best seats in all of tennis and they’re probably not what and where you’re thinking. Sure, the luxury suites inside the main stadium are amazing; they have a perfect view of the court and offer such amenities like catered food/drink and even indoor/outdoor viewing options. They’re pretty awesome but they’re not what I’m talking about. You’re thinking that I then, must be referring to the box seats at the grand stand where you’re sitting within 50 feet of the pros. Can’t get any better right? Nope, not that either.

So what am I talking about? I’m talkin’ ‘bout practice. Practice?! The practice courts that is. In my opinion, the best seats in the house. For tennis geeks like myself, it really doesn’t get much better than that. It’s at those practice courts where you can sit literally, a couple feet (not 50) from your favorite player. It’s at those practice courts where you can see what the pros are working on for their upcoming match. Who doesn’t love behind-the-scenes type stuff? I watched Ana Ivanovic practice her serve as she tried to hit colored cones in the service box. And conversely, a few courts away, Victoria Azarenka was working on her return while her coach served at her from the service line. It’s at the practice courts where you can witness some of the best match ups not in the main draw. This year I saw some ridiculous points between Kei Nishikori and Andy Murray from 10 feet away, watched Rafael Nadal and Fernando Verdasco flatten the ball in some thunderous rallies, and Philipp Kohlschreiber rally back and forth with Gael Monfils, just to name a few.

Don’t believe me? Then I’ll let these pictures do the convincing (click to enlarge).

Yea, I’m talkin’ about practice.

Jason, TW