Players happy with new venue after first Miami Open in Hard Rock Stadium

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John Isner and Roger Federer have hailed the Miami Open’s change of venue as a huge success following their final on Sunday.

The Miami Open moved from Crandon Park to the Hard Rock Stadium this year, and has been marred by anger over high ticket prices.

However, both of the finalists of the men’s singles competition have thrown their weight behind the new venue.

“I’m very happy with it”, said Isner, who won the Miami Open in 2018. “I mean, that atmosphere out there today…

“I can’t tell you how cool that was, seeing the whole upper deck full. I thought it was fantastic.

“I think the players have enjoyed it. It’s a lot of space. I think the fans have enjoyed it, as well.

“Just really simply amazing. I just wish I could have given them a little bit better match out there today [in the final].”

Roger Federer was also happy with the change in venue, believing it can only get better too as the event grows into its new home.

 

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“It’s easy to say that last year didn’t work out, so I won’t come back this year,” said Federer.

“And as I’m playing clay, maybe add rather another clay-court event. But I felt like let’s extend the hard court season.

“Let’s see the new venue. To be honest, I think that was something also I was excited to see. So I’m happy with the team we took the right decision.”

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