What do you think of the idea?
"Miami in my view has a slight challenge of identity. It can never be as big as the US Open (on a similar hardcourt surface in New York) and, as I said, has been somewhat imitated by Indian Wells. I see Miami as the 'Pan American Championships', played in the city which is the gateway from South to North America.
Indian Wells follows on from the hard court season, with an early major at the Australian Open, with other high points mainly in the Middle East, before everyone reassembles again in Indian Wells. For clay-court players, they now have a mini season in South America, big news this year because Rafa Nadal, after seven months out, chose to make his return to competitive play there.
I see Indian Wells being the grand finale to the first hard court season, and Miami being the grand opening of the major clay court season, which culminates of course at the French Open at Roland Garros. I'm not saying that Rafa in the end would have played Miami this week, as his body obviously deserves a break, but I suspect a clay-court Miami would see his juices flow a little more, and have made his decision on the weekend to pull out just that little bit harder.
This would position Miami as a pre-eminent event embracing the entire American continent. It would inspire the Hispanic community in that great city, provide a point of difference to Indian Wells and the US Open and, this time, if a major is looking over its shoulder, it will not be the Australian Open"