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Rafa leads the field of the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami from March 21st to April 3rd. He reached the semi-finals last year before falling to eventual champion Andy Roddick.

The 2011 Sony Ericsson Open men’s and women’s player fields were announced today and the tournament will host a field worthy of a Grand Slam event with each of the top 77 ranked men’s players and 74 of the top 75 ranked women’s players in the world attending.

Once again the world’s best players including Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Andy Roddick, Kim Clijsters, Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova and Caroline Wozniacki will come together at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park, March 21-April 3 to compete for one of the most prestigious titles in tennis.

Tickets to the 2011 Sony Ericsson Open are on sale now and can be purchased by phone (305-442-3367) or via internet An electrifying two weeks of tennis conclude with the women’s final on Saturday, April 2 and the men’s final on Sunday, April 3.

The qualifying rounds will be played March 21-22 and will determine 12 more slots in each singles draw, while the tournament will award five men’s wildcards and eight women’s wildcards. Women’s main draw play will begin Tuesday, March 22 with the men’s main draw starting on Wednesday, March 23.

Clijsters, the defending Sony Ericsson Open women’s champion, and Djokovic, the Sony Ericsson Open men’s champion in 2007, are coming off victories at the Australian Open and will certainly be considered two of the favorites to win in Miami this year.

But the contenders to claim the Sony Ericsson Open’s Butch Buchholz trophy in 2011 are numerous indeed.

Rafael Nadal, a two-time Sony Ericsson Open finalist, will look build upon his incredible 2010 season which saw the Spanish star claim three Grand Slam titles and reclaim the World No. 1 ranking. Roger Federer, a 16-time Grand Slam champion, will return to Miami looking to claim his third Sony Ericsson Open title and his first since 2006. Andy Murray, the 2009 Sony Ericsson Open champion, is already playing in mid-season form having reached the Australian Open final and you can’t overlook defending Sony Ericsson Open champion Andy Roddick who always seems to play his best tennis on the purple courts at Crandon Park.

ATP World Tour Acceptance List
1 Nadal, Rafael ESP
2 Federer, Roger SUI
3 Djokovic, Novak SRB
4 Soderling, Robin SWE
5 Murray, Andy GBR
6 Ferrer, David ESP
7 Berdych, Tomas CZE
8 Roddick, Andy USA
9 Verdasco, Fernando ESP
10 Youzhny, Mikhail RUS
11 Melzer, Jurgen AUT
12 Monfils, Gael FRA
13 Almagro, Nicolas ESP
14 Wawrinka, Stanislas SUI
15 Ljubicic, Ivan CRO
16 Fish, Mardy USA
17 Querrey, Sam USA
18 Tsonga, Jo-Wilfried FRA
19 Nalbandian, David ARG
20 Baghdatis, Marcos CYP
21 Gulbis, Ernests LAT
22 Llodra, Michael FRA
23 Isner, John USA
24 Troicki, Viktor SRB
25 Montanes, Albert ESP
26 Garcia-Lopez, Guillermo ESP
27 Ferrero, Juan Carlos ESP
28 Cilic, Marin CRO
29 Monaco, Juan ARG
30 Gasquet, Richard FRA
31 Robredo, Tommy ESP
32 Dolgopolov, Alexandr UKR
33 Simon, Gilles FRA
34 Davydenko, Nikolay RUS
35 Mayer, Florian GER
36 Kohlschreiber, Philipp GER
37 Bellucci, Thomaz BRA
38 Lu, Yen-Hsun TPE
39 Chela, Juan Ignacio ARG
40 Anderson, Kevin RSA
41 Golubev, Andrey KAZ
42 Stakhovsky, Sergiy UKR
43 Nieminen, Jarkko FIN
44 Lopez, Feliciano ESP
45 Malisse, Xavier BEL
46 Starace, Potito ITA
47 Giraldo, Santiago COL
48 Chardy, Jeremy FRA
49 Istomin, Denis UZB
50 de Bakker, Thiemo NED
51 Seppi, Andreas ITA
52 Tipsarevic, Janko SRB
53 Granollers, Marcel ESP
54 Fognini, Fabio ITA
55 Haase, Robin NED
56 Hanescu, Victor ROU
57 Becker, Benjamin GER
58 Gimeno-Traver, Daniel ESP
59 Benneteau, Julien FRA
60 Dodig, Ivan CRO
61 Mannarino, Adrian FRA
62 Kukushkin, Mikhail KAZ
63 Cuevas, Pablo URU
64 Petzschner, Philipp GER
65 Stepanek, Radek CZE
66 Berlocq, Carlos ARG
67 Berrer, Michael GER
68 Kamke, Tobias GER
69 Andujar, Pablo ESP
70 Hewitt, Lleyton AUS
71 Riba, Pere ESP
72 Nishikori, Kei JPN
73 Andreev, Igor RUS
74 Berankis, Richard LTU
75 Serra, Florent FRA
76 Gabashvili, Teymuraz RUS
77 Brands, Daniel GER

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