ATP Miami, the rain torments the program: waiting for the Sinner-Vavassori derby


By John

Rain is the great protagonist of the third day of the Miami Open. It has been raining for several hours and the program continues to slip. No tennis player had taken to the court until mid-afternoon, not even to train, including Jannik Sinner who had scheduled a session before his debut with Andrea Vavassori, second match scheduled today at the Stadium. In addition to the South Tyrolean and the Turin player, Flavio Cobolli, Matteo Arnaldi, Jasmine Paolini and Camila Giorgi should also play today, but the conditional is a must given the weather forecast which does not bode well and risks causing serious repercussions on the match's programme. tournament. As in Indian Wells, the Miami tournament does not have a central defender with coverage. The field is built inside Hard Rock Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins. And like every year, at the end of the event, the tennis court will be dismantled to allow the NFL team to play their home games. As it is a temporary structure, it is not possible to build a retractable roof on top.

Meanwhile, the ATP has published the provisional calendar for the 2025 season. Sixty tournaments are scheduled in 29 countries: the much talked about Saudi Arabia appears only as the venue for the Next gen ATP Finals in Jeddah. The new features include the 12-day upgrade of the Masters 1000 in Toronto/Montreal and Cincinnati, which follows the similar expansion of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, the Mutua Madrid Open and the Rolex Shanghai Masters in 2023. After the Foro Italico, yes they will play the ATP 250 in Geneva and the 500 in Hamburg at the same time, brought forward by a couple of months, before Roland Garros. The ATP 500 become 16, in fact the Dallas Open, the Qatar ExxonMobil Open (Doha) and the BMW Open (Munich) will be promoted. However, the ATP 250 in Estoril will disappear, which will not be replaced, and the Cordoba Open whose place on the calendar will be taken by a 250 in Mallorca on grass before Wimbledon. The Mifel Tennis Open by Telcel Oppo, ATP 250 in Los Cabos, also changes date, moving from February to July. There are no new tournaments on the calendar in Saudi Arabia: the entry of the Arabs into the world of tennis has for now resulted in a few performances, in the choice of Jeddah as the venue for the Next Gen ATP Finals and in the partnership with ATP for the sponsorship of the ranking and of various tournaments.