Serena Williams, the 21-time Grand Slam champion, penned an editorial in the New York Times expressing hope for the Miami Open to remain on Key Biscayne.
Organizers for the Miami Open tennis tournament have been engaged in a legal battle on upgrading the facilities to keep up with other tournaments around the world.
“Leaving Miami would be a blow to our sport, to the city of Miami and to me,” Williams wrote. “The tournament has, in many ways, set the standard for tennis events around the world in a unique time and place, and I hope we can all work together to improve this home court.”
The U.S. Tennis Association recently broke ground on a $60 million facility with 100 courts in a suburb of Orlando. The new facility would be the largest tennis complex in America and may be completed by 2016. Orlando, Dubai, Doha, Beijing, Shanghai and Singapore could be considered for a major tournament.
Venus Williams won the Miami Open in 1998, 1999 and 2001. Serena Williams has won on eight occasions since 2002.