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Miami exhibition sees Wimbledon all-white attire, raises a white court

Andy Murray, Andy Roddick and John Isner will head to Crandon Park at the end of the year for the inaugural Miami Tennis Cup, which will take place over three days from November 30th to December 2nd. They'll be joined by 2003 French Open champion and ex-No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero, who will retire at next week's Valencia Open, Nicolas Almagro, and Alejandro Falla, in a six-man double-elimination round-robin tournament. From the event's press release:

The tournament will see all six players competing in a double-elimination tournament format within two round robin groups.  Each match will be the best of three sets. The number one seed (Andy Murray) and number two seed (Andy Roddick) will receive an automatic bye into the semifinal.

But in perhaps the weirdest twist, the tournament will forgo the traditional purple and green courts that have served as the backdrop of the Sony Ericsson Open and go for a completely white-washed look. Stadium Court will be repainted white with red lines, within a blue area that will surround the court. Again according to the press release, the red, white and blue design is a nod to the American flag. Which... OK.

And there's this fun little tidbit:

 The emerging winner from Sunday’s final will take the coveted title as the first ever champion of the Miami Tennis Cup, for which a cash prize and trophy will be presented on stadium court by a surprise celebrity legend from the world of tennis.

Please say it's Diddy. The man knows his way around white:

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