Roger Federer, Serena Williams to Headline Star-Studded Miami Open

Rafael Nadal, of Spain, walks onto the court before his match against Roger Federer, of Switzerland, at the men’s singles final at the Miami Open tennis tournament, Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Key Biscayne, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Fans of the Miami Open are going to be happy about this “little bit” of news.

Tennis champions Roger Federer and Serena Williams will be returning to the tournament for a second year at Hard Rock Stadium.

In total, the lineup is set to include 19 players who have a combined 100 career Grand Slam singles titles to their names.

The Miami Open, which was previously held at Crandon Park in Key Biscayne for 32 years, will run from March 23 through April 25.

Federer, who won last year’s Open, leads the men’s field. He is followed by reigning Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic, and then 19-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal, and the world’s fourth-ranked player, Daniil Medvedev.

Williams, who lives in Palm Beach Gardens, is searching for her ninth title in Miami, while Pembroke Pines native Sofia Kenin will be headlining the women’s side.

Kenin is fresh off her first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open.

In addition, Boca Raton native Naomi Osaka, Palm Beach Gardens resident Venus Williams, and Delray Beach’s Coco Gauff will also be competing in this year’s Miami Open.

Qualifying rounds, which will be held on March 23 and 24, will determine the remaining 12 slots in each singles’ draw. The Miami Open will also determine wild cards for five men and eight women.

The first round of the women’s main draw will be on March 24, and the men’s main draw will start on March 25.

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