Big-time tennis is back in Miami with an all-American twist: the first ever white stadium court, with red lines and a blue surround.
But the inaugural Miami Tennis Cup, which hits Key Biscayne's Crandon park November 30-December 2, is decidedly international, too.
Six of the game's hottest stars -- Andy Murray (UK), Andy Roddick (USA), Juan Carlos Ferrero (Spain), Nicolás Almagro (Spain), Alejandro Falla (Colombia) and John Isner (USA) -- will face off in a special double-elimination tournament format with two round robin groups.
Not only will matches be broadcast live on ESPN from stadium court, but the tournament, the first of its kind in the U.S., will also serve as the homecoming stop of Roddick's farewell tour.
“We are honored to have not only some of the most iconic tennis professionals competing, but some of the most legendary individuals from the world of sport," said Julian Wortelboer of tourney organizer Group NOS. "We aim to establish the Miami Tennis Cup as a must-see event each year on the world tennis calendar.”
And isn't that great? Crandon Park already hosts the prestigious Miami Masters (nee Sony Ericcson, Lipton, etc.), but that doesn't happen until March -- and that Andy Murray is so hot right now, coming off an Olympic Gold Medal and U.S. Open title.
Friday, November 30th, 2012
7:00pm: John Isner vs. Juan Carlos Ferrero
8:30pm: Nicolás Almagro vs. Alejandro Falla
Saturday, December 1st, 2012
5:00pm: Andy Murray vs. Andy Roddick (Headline Match)
6:30pm: Winner of Isner / Ferrero to play winner of Almagro / Falla
Sunday, December 2nd, 2012
5:00pm: Final on Stadium Court
7:00pm: Trophy presentation on Stadium Court