Week 1 at the Miami Open is wrapping up and this weekend there were quite a few surprising results.
Seven players retired mid match and most of them because of heat exhaustion related issues. I live in South Florida and I must say that the weather was brutal this weekend, especially on Saturday. It wasn’t just the heat; it was the combo package of heat and humidity. It was trying for a relaxing beach walk, not to mention a competitive Masters 1000 match. So multiply the insane weather conditions with a sun-baked hard court in a tennis stadium. Nadal (ESP), Bellucci (BRA), Stakhovsky (UKR), Bedene (GBR), Bertens (NED), Jankovic (SRB), Bencic (SUI) retired from their matches and if I am not mistaken all because of dehydration, dizziness, fatigue or cramping, which condition is also heat related most of the time.
Now let’s talk about the massive upsets for a minute. Wawrinka (SUI), DelPotro (ARG), Lopez (ESP); also Isner (USA) and Querrey (USA) who had home court advantage and home crowd cheering for them. Ok, Isner lost against a fellow American, Tim Smyczek. But still… Out of the above mentioned ones, I definitely expected at least WOWrinka to make it into week 2. #nextgen Coric (CRO) and Zverev (GER) are both out as well.
The WTA upsets… Where do I begin? Kvitova (CZE), Wozniacki (DEN), Bouchard (CAN), Ivanovic (SRB), Suarez-Navarro (ESP), Stephens (USA), Stosur (AUS), Venus Williams (USA), Jankovic (SRB), Cibulkova (SVK), Lisicki (GER) and Errani (ITA).
Am I crazy to think that this is too much for week 1?!? Being that I am a tennisnut, of course I’ll be following the rest of the tournament. Actually, I am hoping to drive down to Key Biscayne at least two more days. When you have a Masters 1000 tournament literally in your “backyard” you try to go as much as you can.
To sum up the week in one thought, the biggest blow for the tournament (and crowd!) is that Federer and Nadal are out. I guarantee you that tomorrow we will be seeing practice pictures of them on a clay court somewhere in Europe. I am kinda ready for clay season myself.
Monte Carlo Rolex Masters starts on April 10th 2016 and it can’t come soon enough. Bring on the dirt!