‘Welcome to Miami’ Roger Federer sends message to fans ahead of Miami Open

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Roger Federer has touched down in Miami after losing the Indian Wells Masters final to Dominic Thiem on Sunday.

Federer is looking to bounce back in Miami Gardens, Florida, with play starting today.

The 37-year-old won his 100th top-level title at the 2019 Dubai Tennis Championships earlier this month, but could make it 101 next week.

And Federer looks up for the fight, posting pictures from the opening of the new Hard Rock Stadium.

He uploaded a face-on snap to his Instagram Story, accompanied by the location Miami and the words “Welcome to Miami’ and a ‘press’ day emoji.

Federer then shared four snaps from the opening of the new stadium, which is also home to NFL franchise Miami Dolphins.

The Hard Rock Stadium complex features the main stadium which holds 14,000 people, 29 other courts, several food and drink facilities and entertainment options.

And at the opening ceremony, Federer was asked if he was impressed by the new stadium and he felt the venue will go on to be loved by the players.

He said: “Yes, very much so.

“I’ve seen a lot of nice, cool, fun, iconic places but this definitely ranks up there as one of the special ones.

“I think it is going to very exciting for all the players.

“That’s why I’m here to be a part of this very important moment in the sport’s history.”

Former ATP star James Blake is the tournament director for Miami, and he is enthused by the prospect of tennis at the Hard Rock Stadium complex.

“I think most people associate temporary with throwing up a couple of tent poles and slapping down a few lines and calling it a tennis court but that is definitely not going to be the case,” said Blake.

“I think anyone who knows Stephen Ross (Miami Dolphins owner) will know he wouldn’t do anything that wasn’t really first class.

“It is a bold idea but I think it is one that is going to pay dividends. We’re keeping it (the tournament) in Miami.

“I wasn’t involved in those discussions (about moving the tournament) but from all the rumours I heard it seemed pretty close, it was not a sure thing it was going to stay in Miami.

“As a lot of people know, new events that first year can be difficult because you don’t have that familiarity.

“But we are going to do everything we can to make sure we knock it out of the park and keep it in Miami.”

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