Tennis tournament closing in on move from Key Biscayne to Dolphins stadium

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ATP, the tennis organization that oversees part of the tournament, has already tentatively endorsed a move, according to several sources. Locally, Miami Gardens would need to approve the building plan, and the city's mayor said some details still need to be resolved.

"The deal is not done," Mayor Oliver Gilbert said. "They are working on it."

A Dolphins spokesman declined to comment. Samuel Henderson, IMG communications director for tennis, declined to comment beyond saying "We are looking forward to hosting the 2018 tournament at the Crandon Park Tennis Center."

The Crandon restrictions helped foil President Donald Trump's bid to take over the park's golf course in the months before he launched his presidential campaign. They also made Bruce Matheson, the heir holding the family's seat on the Crandon panel, the tournament's top foe. While Miami-Dade lawyers defended the 1993 settlement with the Matheson family that established the rules, Mayor Carlos Gimenez declared the restrictions too cumbersome and sided with the Open.

Gimenez has already endorsed the Open's move to Hard Rock, saying he doesn't want the tournament to end its local run. A spokesman Thursday said the mayor still embraces the idea.

"Mayor Gimenez is supportive of any agreement that keeps the Miami Open in Miami-Dade County," spokesman Michael Hernandez said.

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