Some of the best teenagers from both ATP and WTA Tour will have their chance to prove themselves on the big scene in Miami. No less than 12 teens were granted wild cards for the main or qualifying draw in both categories and it's up to them now to perform as best as they can.
Only 4 invitations went to the players from the United States, but that's not surprising when we know that the tournament is owned by the IMG group, that works in 25 countries. Men’s Main Draw : * Kyle Edmund (GBR, 1995) - 21-year-old Brit will play in Miami for the 3rd year in a row, being a member of IMG Tennis group.
He will come to Florida after reaching quarter-final in ATP 250 tournament in Doha and winning the Dallas Challenger, currently ranked 82nd * Elias Ymer (SWE, 1996) - This will be Masters 1000 debut for the most promising Swedish player, after he got a wild card for the qualifying draw in the last two years here in Miami.
Elias hasn't started the season the way he would have liked so this can be a chance to score some big wins with favorable draw. * Andrey Rublev (RUS, 1997) - Talented Russian will travel to Miami after winning his first Challenger title in Quimper.
He works at IMG Academy and this is the second time he receives Miami wild card, last year he managed to win one match before losing to John Isner. * Nicolas Jarry (CHI, 1995) - Chilean is currently ranked 491st, and he will be the lowest ranked player in the main draw for sure.
Nicolas is struggling with the results for almost a year now, and it will be hard for him to do anything significant in Miami.
Women’s Main Draw : * Heather Watson - She works in nearby Bradenton, and is also part of the IMG Academy.
Heather has won the title in Monterrey, and will try to go deep in Miami after an early Indian Wells exit * Bethanie Mattek-Sands - 30-year-old American has struggled to find the right form in 2016 so far, with no WTA wins and only 31 points scored.
She played in Miami 6 times before, being victorious in two matches * Naomi Osaka - Talented Japanese is the 5th best ranked player born in 1997 at the moment, on the verge of making Top 100 * Paula Badosa - 18-year-old Spaniard is the former Roland Garros junior champion who also works under the IMG, and she will try to repeat the 3rd round of Miami from last season.
That's not going to be easy though, since she failed to win the WTA match since than * Cici Bellis - Just like Paula, CiCi had a great run at Miami last year, reaching 3rd round at the age of 15, where she get a chance to play no other than Serena Williams.
The youngest player in Top 350 will now look to repeat that * Beatriz Haddad Maia - Brazilian teenager is yet another player who is developing under the IMG, seeking her first WTA win since last April * Laura Robson - Former number 27 is trying to get back on the track after being sidelined for such a long time with wrist injury.
So far in 2016, she has tried to qualify for 3 ITF $25,000 events but with no luck * Sofya Zhuk - Talented Russian will be the youngest player in the main draw, as she was born in December of 1999! She has played two ITF events so far in 2016, at Sharm El Sheikh, reaching final at first but winning the title in second, and this will be her WTA debut.
Sofya won her first professional title back in October 2014, when she was still 14
Men’s Qualifying : Joao Souza, Ryan Harrison, Casper Ruud
Women’s Qualifying : Sorana Cirstea, Indy de Vroome, Claire Liu, Fanny Stollar, Katie Swan ALSO READ: Juan Martin Del Potro: ´I Was Close To Quit Tennis and Now I Only Plan for Tomorrow´