Time of changes to the Miami Open, that will take place from 19 March to April 1, 2018. If the venue will move from Key Biscayne to Hard Rock Stadium only in 2019, there is something that is happening straightaway. The former world No. 4 James Blake has been named the new tournament director. 'I am grateful for the opportunity to lead the Miami Open team that has been putting on one of the best tennis events for more than 30 years', said Blake, who will take care of relationships with players, broadcast, media. 'As player, I always loved playing in Miami and I am excited for the opportunity to take the tournament experience to a higher level for the players, sponsors and fans.'
Barrett, the Miami Open Executive Director, is pleased with the choice they took: 'James’s extensive knowledge of tennis from both a player and tournament perspective, along with his proven leadership skills, great reputation and strong relationships throughout the sport, make him the perfect choice to serve as tournament director of the Miami Open', Barrett said. 'He is going to make our team stronger and will be a great bridge for the players and fans.' In 2016 Tommy Haas was named Indian Wells tournament director, now Blake joins him as recently former players who become tournaments director.