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Nadal, Federer, Djokovic, Roddick, Clijsters, Wozniacki and Serena Headline 2011 Sony Ericsson Open

The 2011 Sony Ericsson Open kicks off on March 21 at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park in Miami. Today, the tournament released the acceptance list for the ATP and WTA tours. The field is stacked with past Major champions that including Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Roddick, Kim Clijsters, Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova, Francesca Schiavone and Svetlana Kuznetsova. Roddick and Clijsters will attempt to defend their titles from last year.

Here is the official tournament press release which includes the full ATP and WTA acceptance list:

GRAND SLAM PLAYER FIELD MEETS GLAM SLAM EVENT AT SONY ERICSSON OPEN
MIAMI, Fla. (www.sonyericssonopen.com) – The 2011 Sony Ericsson Open men’s and women’s player fields were announced today and the tournament will host a field worthy of a Grand Slam event with each of the top 77 ranked men’s players and 74 of the top 75 ranked women’s players in the world attending.

Once again the world’s best players including Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Andy Roddick, Kim Clijsters, Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova and Caroline Wozniacki will come together at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park, March 21-April 3 to compete for one of the most prestigious titles in tennis.

Tickets to the 2011 Sony Ericsson Open are on sale now and can be purchased by phone (305-442-3367) or via internet at www.sonyericssonopen.com. An electrifying two weeks of tennis conclude with the women’s final on Saturday, April 2 and the men’s final on Sunday, April 3.

The qualifying rounds will be played March 21-22 and will determine 12 more slots in each singles draw, while the tournament will award five men’s wildcards and eight women’s wildcards. Women’s main draw play will begin Tuesday, March 22 with the men’s main draw starting on Wednesday, March 23.

Clijsters, the defending Sony Ericsson Open women’s champion, and Djokovic, the Sony Ericsson Open men’s champion in 2007, are coming off victories at the Australian Open and will certainly be considered two of the favorites to win in Miami this year.

But the contenders to claim the Sony Ericsson Open’s Butch Buchholz trophy in 2011 are numerous indeed.

Rafael Nadal, a two-time Sony Ericsson Open finalist, will look build upon his incredible 2010 season which saw the Spanish star claim three Grand Slam titles and reclaim the World No. 1 ranking. Roger Federer, a 16-time Grand Slam champion, will return to Miami looking to claim his third Sony Ericsson Open title and his first since 2006. Andy Murray, the 2009 Sony Ericsson Open champion, is already playing in mid-season form having reached the Australian Open final and you can’t overlook defending Sony Ericsson Open champion Andy Roddick who always seems to play his best tennis on the purple courts at Crandon Park.

The women’s field is also loaded. In order for Clijsters to repeat as champion she will have to navigate through a stellar field including five-time Sony Ericsson Open champion Serena Williams, three-time champion Venus Williams, three-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova, World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki, third-ranked Vera Zvonareva, and 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone.

The 2011 Sony Ericsson Open will once again be a global event with players representing 37 countries competing.

But the Sony Ericsson Open is more than just tennis, it is a total entertainment experience. High fashion, fine food, fabulous shopping and celebrity musical performances have made the tournament the most glamorous on tour.

Come see why huge crowds as well as the biggest names in music, entertainment and sports like Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Kim Kardashian, Anna Wintour, Jimmy Buffett, Shakira, Paulina Rubio, Alejandro Sanz, Kelly Rowland, Enrique Iglesias, Anna Kournikova, Jack Nicklaus, Dwyane Wade, Terrell Owens and Helio Castroneves visit the Sony Ericsson Open each spring.

You can call the Sony Ericsson Open ticket office at 305-442-3367 or email the ticket office at tickets@imgworld.com for more information.

2011 SONY ERICSSON OPEN ACCEPTANCE LISTS

ATP World Tour Acceptance List
1 Nadal, Rafael ESP
2 Federer, Roger SUI
3 Djokovic, Novak SRB
4 Soderling, Robin SWE
5 Murray, Andy GBR
6 Ferrer, David ESP
7 Berdych, Tomas CZE
8 Roddick, Andy USA
9 Verdasco, Fernando ESP
10 Youzhny, Mikhail RUS
11 Melzer, Jurgen AUT
12 Monfils, Gael FRA
13 Almagro, Nicolas ESP
14 Wawrinka, Stanislas SUI
15 Ljubicic, Ivan CRO
16 Fish, Mardy USA
17 Querrey, Sam USA
18 Tsonga, Jo-Wilfried FRA
19 Nalbandian, David ARG
20 Baghdatis, Marcos CYP
21 Gulbis, Ernests LAT
22 Llodra, Michael FRA
23 Isner, John USA
24 Troicki, Viktor SRB
25 Montanes, Albert ESP
26 Garcia-Lopez, Guillermo ESP
27 Ferrero, Juan Carlos ESP
28 Cilic, Marin CRO
29 Monaco, Juan ARG
30 Gasquet, Richard FRA
31 Robredo, Tommy ESP
32 Dolgopolov, Alexandr UKR
33 Simon, Gilles FRA
34 Davydenko, Nikolay RUS
35 Mayer, Florian GER
36 Kohlschreiber, Philipp GER
37 Bellucci, Thomaz BRA
38 Lu, Yen-Hsun TPE
39 Chela, Juan Ignacio ARG
40 Anderson, Kevin RSA
41 Golubev, Andrey KAZ
42 Stakhovsky, Sergiy UKR
43 Nieminen, Jarkko FIN
44 Lopez, Feliciano ESP
45 Malisse, Xavier BEL
46 Starace, Potito ITA
47 Giraldo, Santiago COL
48 Chardy, Jeremy FRA
49 Istomin, Denis UZB
50 de Bakker, Thiemo NED
51 Seppi, Andreas ITA
52 Tipsarevic, Janko SRB
53 Granollers, Marcel ESP
54 Fognini, Fabio ITA
55 Haase, Robin NED
56 Hanescu, Victor ROU
57 Becker, Benjamin GER
58 Gimeno-Traver, Daniel ESP
59 Benneteau, Julien FRA
60 Dodig, Ivan CRO
61 Mannarino, Adrian FRA
62 Kukushkin, Mikhail KAZ
63 Cuevas, Pablo URU
64 Petzschner, Philipp GER
65 Stepanek, Radek CZE
66 Berlocq, Carlos ARG
67 Berrer, Michael GER
68 Kamke, Tobias GER
69 Andujar, Pablo ESP
70 Hewitt, Lleyton AUS
71 Riba, Pere ESP
72 Nishikori, Kei JPN
73 Andreev, Igor RUS
74 Berankis, Richard LTU
75 Serra, Florent FRA
76 Gabashvili, Teymuraz RUS
77 Brands, Daniel GER

WTA Tour Acceptance List
1 Wozniacki, Caroline DEN
2 Clijsters, Kim BEL
3 Zvonareva, Vera RUS
4 Schiavone, Francesca ITA
5 Stosur, Samantha AUS
6 Williams, Venus USA
7 Li, Na CHN
8 Jankovic, Jelena SRB
9 Azarenka, Victoria BLR
10 Radwanska, Agnieszkra POL
11 Peer, Shahar ISR
12 Williams, Serena USA
13 Sharapova, Maria RUS
14 Pavlyuchenkova, Anastasia RUS
15 Bartoli, Marion FRA
16 Pennetta, Flavia ITA
17 Kanepi, Kaia EST
18 Kvitova, Petra CZE
19 Ivanovic, Ana SRB
20 Petrova, Nadia RUS
21 Rezai, Aravane FRA
22 Kleybanova, Alisa RUS
23 Kuznetsova, Svetlana RUS
24 Petkovic, Andrea GER
25 Kirilenko, Maria RUS
26 Wickmayer, Yanina BEL
27 Cibulkova, Dominika SVK
28 Martinez Sanchez, Maria JoseESP
29 Dulgheru, Alexandra ROU
30 Safarova, Lucie CZE
31 Groth, Jarmila AUS
32 Hantuchova, Daniela SVK
33 Pironkova, Tsvetana K BUL
34 Goerges, Julia GER
35 Zakopalova, Klara CZE
36 Sevastova, Anastasija LAT
37 Szavay, Agnes HUN
38 Vinci, Roberta ITA
39 Shvedova, Yaroslava KAZ
40 Peng, Shuai CHN
41 Makarova, Ekaterina RUS
42 Schnyder, Patty SUI
43 Zheng, Jie CHN
44 Errani, Sara ITA
45 Benesova, Iveta CZE
46 Bacsinszky, Timea SUI
47 Hercog, Polona SLO
48 Mattek-Sands, Bethanie USA
49 Chakvetadze, Anna RUS
50 Kerber, Angelique GER
51 Vesnina, Elena RUS
52 Dushevina, Vera RUS
54 Jovanovski, Bojana SRB
55 Date-Krumm, Kimiko JPN
56 Zahlavova Strycova, Barbora CZE
57 Baltacha, Elena GBR
58 Morita, Ayumi JPN
59 Arn, Greta HUN
60 Arvidsson, Sofia SWE
61 Oudin, Melanie J USA
62 Dulko, Gisela ARG
63 Halep, Simona ROU
64 Rodionova, Anastasia AUS
65 Parra Santonja, Arantxa ESP
66 Suarez Navarro, Carla ESP
67 Cornet, Alize FRA
68 Niculescu, Monica ROU
69 Oprandi, Romina S ITA
70 Tanasugarn, Tamarine THA
71 Kudryavtseva, Alla RUS
72 Amanmuradova, Akgul UZB
72 SR Czink, Melinda HUN
73 Govortsova, Olga BLR
74 Larsson, Johanna J SWE
75 Lepchenko, Varvara USA
75 SR Radwanska, Urszula POL

ABOUT THE SONY ERICSSON OPEN: The 2011 Sony Ericsson Open will be played March 21-April 3 at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park in Miami. The two-week combined event is owned and operated by IMG and is widely regarded as the most glamorous event on the ATP and WTA Tours drawing over 300,000 guests each year including the biggest names in music, entertainment and sports. The Sony Ericsson Open is one of nine ATP World Tour Masters 1000 series events and a Premier Mandatory event on the WTA Tour, and features the top men’s and women’s tennis players in the world including defending champions Andy Roddick and Kim Clijsters. For ticket information, call (305) 442-3367 or visit the website at http://www.SonyEricssonOpen.com.

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