10/18/12 7:02 PM | Johan Lindahl
Miami will take advantage of the new, longer ATP off-season by squeezing in another made-for-TV exhibition as the concept of downtime for players takes a beating.
Crandon Park - touting a redevelopment plan which must be approved by voters - is keeping its name in the public eye with the announcement.
Already, the Latin city is the venue for the massive ATP-WTA event that swallows up a fortnight during March. Now organizers are putting on an exhibition which looks to be serving as a bonus payday for a pair of retired ATP names.
The 2012 Miami Tennis Cup is being touted with a website and an invitation to ticket buyers not to delay for the November 30-December 1 hit-and-giggle.
On hand are expected to be just-retired Andy Roddick and his equally non-playing former rival Juan Carlos Ferrero, another player who called it a day on the ATP in recent weeks. That pair contested the 2003 US open final, the last Grand Slam won by an American as Roddick took the trophy.
Much of the rest of the six-man round-robin field is skewed to the local audience of the area, with Spain's Nicolas Almagro and Alejandro Falla of Colombia included. The remainder: Andy Murray, who makes Miami his winter training base, and American John Isner. Play will be double elimination and the off-court emphasis will be on partying for the public.
Organizers are keen to point out their unprecedented white court, said to be the first ever used in the game. Up to a sell-out 7,000 spectators per day are expected and television coverage is assured by one of the minor ESPN channels.
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