Sony Ericsson Open Release 2012 Wildcards
MIAMI, Fla. (www.sonyericssonopen.com) – The 2012 Sony Ericsson Open announced the complete wildcard entries into the main draw for this year’s tournament. Three-time Sony Ericsson Open winner Venus Williams joins 12 other entrants, for a chance to claim the Sony Ericsson Open title.
The women’s main draw begins on Tuesday, March 20, while the men’s main draw kicks off the following day on Wednesday, March 21. The qualifying rounds will be held Monday and Tuesday, March 19 and 20.
Tickets to the 2012 Sony Ericsson Open are still available and can be purchased by phone (305-442-3367) or via internet at www.sonyericssonopen.com. An electrifying two weeks of tennis concludes with the women’s final on Saturday, March 31 and the men’s final on Sunday, April 1.
Fans typically have to wait until the end of opening week to catch Williams in action, but this year’s tournament will see Williams play on either Tuesday, March 20 or Wednesday, March 21. Other big names will play earlier in the week, including Fernando Gonzalez, who will retire after is Sony Ericsson Open run.
Williams plans to make her 2012 debut in Miami, hoping to regain the form that saw her claim three Sony Ericsson Open titles (2001, 1999, 1998). The seven-time Grand Slam champion last appeared on the purple courts in 2010 where she played her way into the final. She has battled through injuries and illnesses this past year, and has not played since the US Open in August.
“I am looking forward to my return to competitive tennis at the Sony Ericsson Open,” said Williams. “I have spent most of my life in Southern Florida and view the Sony Ericsson Open as a hometown event. I have had many great experiences playing there and look forward to returning in the coming weeks.”
Gonzalez, a winner of 11 career ATP World Tour Titles, made his professional debut in 1999. In 2007, Gonzalez attained a career high No. 5 ranking after reaching the Australian Open final, in which he posted wins over Lleyton Hewitt and Rafael Nadal. He has also had success on the Olympic stage, receiving a bronze medal in singles and gold in doubles with Nicolas Massu at the 2004 Athens games, and a silver medal during the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Gonzalez has announced his plans to retire at the conclusion of this year’s Sony Ericsson Open.
Additional wildcard entries into the Sony Ericsson Open Main Draw were extended to Ryan Harrison (USA), Jesse Levine (USA), Denis Kudla (USA), Marinko Matosevic (AUS),Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN), Olivia Rogowska (AUS), Alisa Kleybanova (RUS), Bojana Jovanovski (SRB), Heather Watson (GBR), Garbine Muguruza Blanco (ESP) and Zhang Shuai (CHN).