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While the BNP Paribas Open is preparing to crown its singles and doubles champions this weekend, tennis action is already starting to heat up in Miami.

Tournament organizers have been hard at work transforming the Hard Rock Stadium into the dreamy blue-hued home of the Miami Open presented by Itau, with tennis courts and fan areas popping up all around the grounds.

And the players haven’t wasted a minute as they squeeze in every bit of practice time and take advantage of the chance to acclimate to the different conditions. Anett Kontaveit, Jelena Ostapenko and more have already been spotted taking a few practice hits on the Stadium Court, which sits inside the Miami Dolphins' stadium.

Sitting at a career-high world No. 5 in the WTA rankings, Kontaveit is 13-3 on the season—including 10 match wins in a row—after lifting the trophy in St. Petersburg and reaching the final at the WTA 1000-level Doha event. She was halted in the third round of Indian Wells by Marketa Vondrousova in a three-hour marathon, before heading to Miami.

The Estonian reached the semifinals in Miami in 2019, the year the tournament made its move from Key Biscayne to Miami Gardens, and she’ll be hoping to maintain her season’s strong momentum after last week's early exit.


Qualifying for the Miami Open begins on Monday, March 21st, with women’s main draw action set to start on Wednesday.