Recently The Crandon Park Tennis Center in Key Biscayne, FL, was the premier event space in Miami for tennis, highlights from March 18 to 31st as some of the world’s tennis giants battle it out in the Sony Open. Currently sponsored and named after Sony Mobile, the event is also known as the Miami Masters. The first edition of the Miami Masters was held in 1985, and the event is now an important stepping stone for both male and female tennis players on their way to top.
Overview of the Event
The Sony Open takes place over 13-day period, during which you can watch as some players rise to the top while others do not move on to the next round. Some important vital statistics for the event are:
• Visitors: 316,267 in 2011
• Men’s Prize Money: $3.645 million
• Women’s Prize Money: $4.5 million
• Men’s Tour Category: Masters 1000
• Women’s Tour Category: Premier Mandatory
• 2012 Men’s Champion: Novak Djokovic
• 2012 Women’s Champion: Agnieszka Radwanska
• Most wins (men): Andre Agassi (6)
• Most wins (women): Steffi Graf and Serena Williams (5)
• Tickets: Start at $9 per day and go up to over $500
Boosting the Miami Tourist Trade
The Crandon Park Tennis Center boasts 13,800 seats for fans to watch their favorites play (Sony Open Tennis). The audience is made up of both local and international tennis fans, with people traveling from all parts of the world. Many party venues Miami has to offer will be getting a boost from the traffic for the Sony Open, as will some businesses. Every sports photography studio Miami has will be battling it out for the best pictures of these elite athletes on the court, for example.
Another famous Miami attraction that occurs during winter months is the prestigious Art Basel Miami Beach. The Art Basel Wynwood overflow started when viewers of the former were attracted to galleries and mural art being painted in the Wynwood District, Tony Goldman’s project The Wynwood Walls. Ten years down the line, Wynwood has become the place for art enthusiasts to visit after a trip to Miami Beach for Art Basel.