NFL team Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is reportedly interested in moving the Miami Open tennis tournament adjacent to the team’s Hard Rock Stadium. Talks have been made with Miami Open owners to shift the 32-year-old tournament from Key Biscayne to Miami Gardens, according to The Associated Press, a person familiar with the proposal said Sunday.
The individual confirmed the discussions to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity, because the tournament officials and the Dolphins have not commented yet. The individual said Ross ain’t going to buy the tournament and moreover would invest in a tennis center near stadium grounds because he wants to keep the event in South Florida.
The tennis tournament has been held since 1987 on the island of Key Biscayne near downtown Miami. However, the event’s future has been in unclear since a 2015 appeals court decision that prevents any changes to the building.
It has been forecasted for more than a year that the Miami Open might relocate, with possible sites ranging from South America to China, but tournament organizers assured that they’re staying in Miami.
Three-time Miami open winner Venus Williams lives in South Florida and, with her sister Serena, owns a minority share of the Dolphins. Following her 6-3, 6-0 third-round win over Romanian qualifier Patricia Maria Tig victory on Sunday, Williams was asked about Ross’ interest in moving the event to his stadium.
Venus Williams, the oldest player in the Miami Open women’s draw said that Ross loves tennis, she loves tennis, so, mmm, let’s keep it in South Florida and if it works, she would love that.
Owned by IMG, the event annually draws in more than 300,000 spectators.