All You Need To Know About the Miami Open 2021 Bubble

Published 03/22/2021, 6:15 AM EDT
A detailed view of an ATP TOUR logo on a tennis net during the semifinal round of the Western & Southern Open at Lindner Family Tennis Center on August 17, 2019 in Mason, Ohio. (Photo by Adam Lacy/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


Players from all around the globe compete at the Miami Open. And while Miami Open 2021 will be missing the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic, it still remains one of the biggest events of the season. Therefore, to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, organizers have decided to conduct this year’s event with a number of restrictions.

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The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic still loom large. The life-threatening consequences build a sense of fear amongst individuals. Having said that, organizers have done their best to work out a plan to include fans at the Miami Open this year.

However, the number of attendees this year will be reduced by a considerable margin. Instead of 300,000 fans that usually make their presence felt, a reduced number of fans holding a reservation will be allowed in.

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KEY BISCAYNE, FL – APRIL 05: Novak Djokovic of Serbia walks on Crandon Park beach after his three-set victory against Andy Murray of Great Britain in the men’s final during the Miami Open Presented by Itau at Crandon Park Tennis Center on April 5, 2015, in Key Biscayne, Florida. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

800-1000 spectators will be allowed each session at the Miami Open 2021

Each session will have only 800-1000 spectators present. Although, most of the matches on the other courts will be played without fans.

Players will not have to undergo a quarantine period but will have to remain in the bubble. In order to curb the spread of the virus, players will be restricted to minimal movement and are allowed to move from their hotel to the venue and back.

Besides that, the prize money has been reduced drastically. Winners will receive around $300,110, which is close to $1 million lesser than what Federer had received in 2019. Players losing in the opening round will receive $10,000. 

MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA – MARCH 20: (L-R) Serena Williams of the United States speaks to Roger Federer of Switzerland during the ribbon cutting ceremony on the new Stadium Court at the Hard Rock Stadium, before the first match of the Miami Open on March 20, 2019 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)

Nonetheless, the organizers have undoubtedly invested their heart, soul, and fortune in setting up the Miami Open 2021.

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Miami Open 2021 begins on the 24th of March and will end on the 4th of April.

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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