2011 Sony Ericsson Open Recap
I have been going to tennis tournaments for 57 years and every year I look forward to the Sony Ericsson Open and once again it didn’t disappoint. It is not just a tournament – it is a gathering of spectators from across the world. They come to Miami to not only watch the players, but they also come because no other event site has the atmosphere and excitement that the Sony Ericsson Open brings to all ages.
There are not to many tournaments that actually give the spectators a real chance to see the action, but you can also get real close to the players and watch them practice which is really unique. Throughout the grounds there are also so many different little things for the audience to partake in including beach tennis, on-court instruction for young kids utilizing the amazing USTA Quick Start Program, music and entertainment, autograph sessions and don’t forget about the serve cage which was manned by the IMG Bollettieri Tennis Academy! (I really enjoyed spending time at the booth, meeting people and giving away prizes including free camp weeks at the IMG Bollettieri Tennis Academy!)
The actual tournament featured everything, a couple quick highlights included:
- The disappointing quick exit of last year’s champion Andy Roddick. I am sure he was not up to par with his physical fitness and it showed.
- Kim Clijsters didn’t look like the Kimmy we are used to. I sure hope she gets her shoulder feeling better because the WTA tour needs here.
- John Isner and Sam Querrey falling short of what we had hoped for – especially in front of the American fans.
- All sorts of ups and downs on the women’s side and a rather unexciting women’s final when compared to the men’s final. I have to give a big congrats to Victoria Azarenka – she played some fantastic tennis and showed some personality out on the court as well. I also want to congratulate Maria on her play. It was great to see her back in the finals of a major tournament. Congrats to both girls!
- Two guys I want to mention that probably will be forgotten – Olivier Rochus and Kevin Anderson. Both men showed great determination and played some unbelievable tennis.
- I have to mention that Nadal/Federer match. It was sad for me to witness such a one-sided blow out. I still feel Federer will win another Grand Slam though…
- Finally, the men’s final. This match made up for the lack of excitement in both semis. Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal stole the show and I am sure there will be other encounters over the next few years. To me, both men were winners and I hope they stay around a long time. Djokovic’s run in 2011 is simply amazing. He is now 24-0 on the year and is inching closer to the world #1 ranking that Nadal holds. Do you think Djokovic will take the #1 ranking from Nadal before the end of the year?
All in all, it was a great tournament and I enjoyed breaking down the matches every day and I hope you enjoyed the content as well! I will be back to break down the French Open in May!