Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has offered to build premier tennis facilities for the Miami Open at his team’s Hard Rock Stadium so owners WME/IMG can keep the event in South Florida. A long legal battle with the benefactors of Key Biscayne’s Crandon Park over land-use restrictions has left IMG unable to upgrade the venue, even at IMG’s own expense.
ATP TOUR: Miami Open
World No.1 Andy Murray is out six weeks – including the Davis Cup quarterfinals – with a tear in his right elbow. Murray withdrew from the Miami Open after hurting the elbow while preparing for the Masters 1000 event.
Rafael Nadal won his 1,000th career match at the Miami Open, with coach Carlos Moya and uncle Toni Nadal back in full force after they skipped Indian Wells. Nadal suffered a disappointing third-round loss there to eventual champion Roger Federer.
American teenage phenom Jared Donaldson survived a 6-2, 5-3 deficit in his opening match against Kyle Edmund to prevail 2-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2 and advance to the quarterfinals.
Milos Raonic withdrew from his fourth-round match against Donaldson with a continuing issue with his hamstring.
Yoshihito Nishioka slipped on a rain-dampened court at Crandon Park while leading Jack Sock 4-2, and had to retire from the match with a leg injury.
WTA TOUR: Miami Open
Garbine Muguruza and coach Sam Sumyk exchange heated words during an on-court coaching break in her second match against Christina McHale in which she could be heard telling him to “shut the f*** up”. Sumyk refused to come on court when called again, then did so at the next changeover and left Muguruza in tears after scolding her to never speak to him like that again.
Muguruza, seeded sixth, who has retired from events in Brisbane and Dubai with a string of injuries, retired again at Key Biscayne with illness trailing Caroline Wozniacki 7-6. The Spaniard also has dropped a lot of weight in recent months.
While Serena Williams plans her impending wedding to Alexis Ohanian, dad Richard Williams – recovering from a reported stroke – looked well watching daughter Venus win her fourth-round match against Patricia Maria Tig.
Vika Azarenka announced that she plans to return to the tour in time for U.S. hardcourt events this summer.