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It’s widely regarded as one of the most prestigious professional tennis tournaments outside the four Grand Slams — the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, and U.S. Open — and an exemplary model for equal pay. As it has been since the tourney’s inception in 1985, the men and women competing in this year’s Sony Open Tennis are vying for a share of the $10,371,250 in total prize money. In fact, the winner of the Women’s Singles title will make about $4,500 more than the men after bonuses. This year’s top seed on the women’s side is the WTA’s world number one, Serena Williams. Together with former tennis great Steffi Graf, Williams holds the Sony Open Tennis record for most tournament wins (five); however, the 31-year-old champion hasn’t won since 2008. But she’s hungry. “Can’t wait to hit the purple courts for my opening match at #SonyOpenTennis on Thursday afternoon,” Williams tweeted ahead of the tournament. “Love Miami in March.” On the men’s singles front, Serbian wunderkind Novak Djokovic is still a favorite to win this year’s Sony Open despite losing to Juan Martín del Potro in the semis at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California. Djokovic has won the past two titles and is playing for his fourth overall championship at Crandon Tennis Center (7300 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne). “[Miami] is one of my favorite tournaments,” Djokovic told reporters after his win against Andy Murray last year. We’d love to see a rematch.
March 18-31, 2013

 
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