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Miami Open 2017 Announces Wildcards

The Miami Open presented by Itaú today announced several wildcard entries for the 2017 tournament to be held March 20-April 2 in Key Biscayne at the Crandon Park Tennis Center. Five men and eight women received entries into the singles main draw including fellow Americans Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Nicole Gibbs and Michael Mmoh.

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On the women’s side, eight main draw wildcard entries were awarded, highlighted by Americans Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Nicole Gibbs. Mattek-Sands is the defending Miami Open doubles champion, having claimed the top prize with Lucie Safarova. This year marks the American’s eighth main draw singles appearance. Gibbs, who is coming off of her second Top-100, and a career-best World No. 76 ranking, is looking to build on 2016 where she won her way through qualifying in seven WTA events. Gibbs advanced to the Round of 32, in Miami, before falling to current World No. 7 Gabriñe Muguruza.

Mattek-Sands and Gibbs will be joined by a group of 20-year olds in Ash Barty, Natalia Vikhlyantseva, Beatriz Haddad Maia and Paula Badosa. Barty first gained media attraction in 2013 by reaching the doubles final at the Australian Open.

Belinda Bencic and Ajla Tomljanovic round out the eight singles main draw wildcards announced.

On the men’s side, American Michael Mmoh, along with Mikael Ymer, Andrey Rublev, Casper Ruud and Thomas Bellucci round out the five singles main draw wildcards.

Ymer, the young 18-year old out of Sweden, will make his Miami Open debut while Mmoh, Norway’s Ruud; Rublev from Russia; and the Brazilian Bellucci look to advance to the later rounds in this year’s tournament.

The Miami Open also awarded five men’s qualifying wildcards and four women’s qualifying wildcards. On the men’s side Elias Ymer, Miomir Keckmonvic, Yibling Wu, Nicola Kuhn and Vasil Kirkov have been selected into the qualifying draw; while Anastasia Potapova, Kayla Day, Amanda Anisimova, Sofya Zhuk and Urszula Radwanska were issued wildcards into the women’s qualifying draw.

Men’s Main Draw Wildcards:

Name  Country Age Rank
Mikael Ymer Sweden 18 497
Michael Mmoh USA 19 185
Andrey Rublev Russia 19 134
Casper Ruud Norway 18 128
Thomaz Bellucci Brazil 29 71

Women’s Main Draw Wildcards:

Name Country Age Rank
Ashleigh Barty Australia 20 92
Bethanie Matteck-Sands USA 31 160
Belinda Bencic Switzerland 19 128
Natalia Vikhlyantseva Russia 20 78
Ajla Tomljanovic Croatia 23 664
Beatriz Haddad Maia Brazil 20 180
Nicole Gibbs USA 24 94
Paula Badosa Spain 19 323

Men’s Qualifying Wildcard: 

Name Country Age Rank
Elias Ymer Sweden 20 158
Miomir Kecmanovic Serbia 17 751
Yibing Wu China 17 947
Nicola Kuhn Spain 16 718
Vasil Kirkov USA 17 1055

Women’s Qualifying Wildcard:

Name Country Age Rank
Anastasia Potapova Russia 15 850
Kayla Day USA 17 175
Amanda Anisimova USA 15 4 (ITF)
Sofya Zhuk Russia 17 266
Urszula Radwanska Poland 26 319



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One thought on “Miami Open 2017 Announces Wildcards”

  1. So instead of giving wildcards to Americans like Day, Brengle, or Lepchenko, you give it to Ash Barty, Natalia Vikhlyantseva, Beatriz Haddad Maia and Paula Badosa? What a disgrace for an AMERICAN tournament.

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