Each year since we moved to Miami from Chicago in 2004, we have attended the Open. We had the same seats in the H-300 section and we enjoyed matches featuring Andy Roddick, Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal, the Williams Sisters, Martina Hingis, Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. The Saturday and Sunday finals under the blazing sun required frequent breaks for shade and hydration–but we were so thrilled to be there. This year, instead of attending as a spectator, I experienced the Miami Open as a volunteer in player credentials. Many of the same players–and lots of new ones–that I have watched over the years walked up to the counter to get their access passes for the tournament. I met coaches, sisters, physios, and parents.
Just as driving across the Causeway inspires so many emotions, as does the Miami Open. It’s a special environment in a beautiful and serene setting. That’s really the allure of Key Biscayne and the tournament.
For the 50 weeks a year without the Miami Open, Key Biscayne offers gorgeous beaches with dunes and sea turtles, wonderful biking, a lighthouse, and destinations like The Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne that seem further away from Miami than a few miles across the Causeway. And next year, I’m going to be a spectator again at the Miami Open–taking advantage of the serenity and excitement that can be found on Key Biscayne for two weeks each year.