This used to be the second PTA tournament in the past - but because of the Covid problems the India Wells tournament was cancelled in 2020 and 2021. The other part of the problem is that the price money of all tournament bar the majors have been reduced because of spectators not be allowed and the sponsors battling poor financial returns,
In any event it was previously known that Nadal and Federer - who failed badly when trying to return to tennis after injuries - and Nadal would not be playing in the Miami tournament. They were now joined by Thiem - who said he wants to stay in Europe and prepare for the clay court season - the same approach as that of Nadal. Djokovic - who won the Aussie Open Grand Slam tournament has ducked out of the Dubai Open and is now doing the same in the case of the Miami tournament.
The problem with the present scenario where players pick and choose in which tournament they want to play is that the players are not properly penalized in the ranking system if they opt our of tournaments, In the past the players who missed out tournaments would have the points they gained the previous year deducted in full from the ranking points, In view of the Covid 19 problems the penalty in ranking points is 50% at present,
The absence of Djokovic (1), Nadal (3), Thiem (4) and Federer (6) - change the scenario drastically. It seems like od the top players only Medvedev, Tsitsipas (5) and Sverev (7) are certain entries - but the entry of Rublev (8) is still in doubt,
In any event u further report on this tournament will be posted as soon as more info is available,