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The Sony Ericsson Open

The Sony Ericsson Open is an annual professional tennis tournament for men and women held in Miami's beautiful village of Key Biscayne. The tennis tournament is held every year between March and April at the Tennis Center in Crandon Park for a duration of twelve days. The Sony Ericsson Open is one of the largest tournaments outside the four majors which are the US Open, the Australian Open, the French Open, and Wimbledon with attendance rates reaching over 300,000. It is also the largest tennis tournaments in the world with title sponsorship. Prior to being called the Sony Ericsson Open, it the tournament was sponsored by NASDAQ-100 and Lipton International.

The Sony Ericsson Open is known as one of the most prestigious titles in professional tennis and was awarded the "Tournament of the Year" award by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) for the nine out of the past thirteen years. Besides the four majors of the Grand Slam, the Sony Ericsson Open is one of the only tournaments which have over 64 players competing and drawing and the draw lasts for more than one week. All in all, 96 men and 96 women compete in the singles competition and in the 32 teams compete each in the doubles competition. The players compete for almost $5 million in prize money. It is sometimes referred to as the "fifth Grand Slam."

The Sony Ericsson Open features some of the biggest names in professional tennis such as Venus and Serena Williams, Jennifer Capriati, Maria Sharapova, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. In the past, the Sony Ericsson Open also featured huge professional tennis stars such as Steffi Graff, Martina Hingis, Anna Kournikova, Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras.

The Sony Ericsson Open

The Sony Ericsson Open features tournaments with qualifying games, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th round games for both singles and doubles for men and women, and then there are games for the quarterfinals, semi-finals and finals for men and women, singles and doubles.

Tickets to all the games can be purchased online at the Sony Ericsson Open website. Daily tickets are available and provide the most flexible option to watch the games that you want. Depending on the seating and session, you can choose between Grandstand tickets, premium tickets and regular daily tickets. If you want to attend multiple games, you can look into the may ticket packages which are available and can save you both time and money. Some of the packages available are Opening Weekend, After-Hours, Final Four, Championship series, and a flex four in which you can decide which games to attend.

Since the Sony Ericsson Open is played in the beautiful Key Biscayne amidst spectacular tropical surroundings, many out of town visitors may want to take full advantage of Miami during the week. Those looking to make a vacation out of the Sony Ericsson Open can look into the many available vacation packages with some of the tournament's hotel partners such as the Ritz

The Sony Ericsson Open

Carlton, Mandarin Oriental with the Gold Package. They can also choose the Silver Package with the Epic Hotel, the JW Marriot and the Sonesta Coconut Grove. The Bronze Package includes accommodations with either Biscayne Bay Marriott, the Hilton in Biscayne Bay and the Hyatt Regency Miami. The packages include tickets to the tournament but also discounted hotel room prices and other perks and advantages. Check out the Sony Ericsson Open website for more information.

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