The Miami Open presented by Itaú is one of the largest and most prestigious professional tennis tournaments in the world. Held at the Crandon Park Tennis Center in Key Biscayne, the two-week-long tournament offers more than $10 million in prize money to tennis pros and celebrities. Hundreds of thousands of spectators show up each year to watch the action—which is broadcast to 193 countries—but you can stand out from the crowd with a few unforgettable experiences. Here are five unique ways to experience the Miami Open and celebrate tennis in general.
Pre-Match Coin Toss
Be the person who decides how a match will start. Join the pros on the court for the pre-match coin toss. Whoever wins gets to serve first—it could determine how the whole game is played! You can also get a behind-the-scenes tour of the stadium and two 100-level box seats to watch the match.
Every weekend, the group Beach Tennis Miami organizes coed tennis matches on Miami’s public sand. A combination of tennis and volleyball, the sport is accessible for all ages and all levels of play. You can bring friends or come alone. Beach Tennis Miami sets up portable beach tennis courts, assigns teams, and even hands out beach rackets (called paddles) to new players. Most games take place at 72nd Street and Collins Avenue between 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Check the group’s Facebook page for event updates.
Improve your backhand with the help of a pro. In this experience, you and 11 of your closest friends get a 90-minute tennis session on the tournament grounds. Work on your ground stroke, serve, volley, and returns. You get access to the clubhouse locker-room facilities and 12 box seats for a match—and you get to talk with an ESPN2 tennis commentator. If you really want to go all out, upgrade your teacher from a pro to a tennis celebrity.
Walk behind the scenes of the Miami Open and experience what it’s really like to be a pro. You get a 30-minute tour for up to 10 people, a meal at the Champions Club, and up to 10 box seats to watch a session from.
Rooftop Cardio Tennis
Get in your cardio exercise while playing a speedy game of tennis on a glamorous rooftop. At the W South Beach hotel’s open-air tennis court (available for guests), you can sign up for an intense class of tennis drills to increase your endurance and metabolic rate. Keep your heart pumping with your own game of tennis. You can rent your racket and balls directly from the hotel and receive private hitting lessons from an on-site tennis pro—all with stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean.