Indian Wells or the BNP Paribas Open is the first tournament from the ATP 1000 Masters series, which takes place during one season. After finishing their obligations at the Australian Open, all the top players have enough time to heal and rest, before continuing respective campaigns.
One of the most popular events in the tennis world draws massive attention, and due to this, we decided to dedicate some time to write a few words about it.
As we said, the first major challenge for all of them after AO is in California, that is in Indian Wells. This tournament was founded back in 1974 by two former professional players, Charlie Pasarell and Raymond Moore. However, its status as one of the biggest in tennis was established in 1987 once it became a part of the Grand Prix Super Series.
Ever since, it has been one of the most prestigious tournaments in tennis.
With almost 450,000 spectators each year, it is only behind the Slams when talking about the attendance, which is why it earned a nickname the “Grand Slam of the West.” The Garden Stadium receives 16,102 spectators and is the second-largest tennis venue in the world behind Artur Ashe in New York.
Everything you Need to Know About Indian Wells
- First of all, the surface at this tournament is hard, made from Plexicushion. It is a special type of acrylic turf, which is also used at the Australian Open since 2007 up until this year.
- Did you know that besides Grand Slams and the Miami Open, this is the only tournament in tennis that lasts more than one week?
- Both competitions have 96 participants, with the note that 32 seeded players are free in the initial round.
- The prize money for this edition is equal for both competitions, $ 9,035,428.
- Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer have the most titles here, five each.
- Several ladies, Serena Williams, Lindsey Davenport, Martina Navratilova, Daniela Hantuchova, and Maria Sharapova have two titles each.
Indian Wells 2020 Edition
According to the organizers, all 75 top players from both competitions will participate in this year’s tournament. Among them will be nine former champions, five ladies and four gentlemen.
In this part of the article, we will cruise through both parts of the draw and talk about the current situation and the favorites for winning the trophy.
Novak vs. Thiem Vol. II in the Making
It wouldn’t be odd to see Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem meeting in the finals shortly after they did that at the Australian Open. Djokovic’s morale is no doubt boosted following the epic win in Melbourne, where he displayed his fantastic mental stability and power, which are rarely seen in any sport.
Meanwhile, Thiem is the rising force, and the guy who will probably win multiple Grand Slam titles in the future. Also, he is the reigning champion here at Indian Wells. Last year, the Austrian player defeated Rodger Federer in the finals, coming back after losing the opening set.
When looking at the current situation, it seems that these two guys have the biggest chances of winning the title. Why? We will explain.
Two of the biggest threats to the above-mentioned duo, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, didn’t look very well in Australia. Rafa was eliminated by Thiem,(with a certain dose of luck), and it was apparent that the Spaniard is way below his level of play.
Roger was falling apart against Novak after he had a few exhausting matches before that one. The Swiss will need some time to heal, and it is questionable will he manage to do that before Indian Wells. After all, he is 39 years old.
Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas are the next in line, and these young lions are standing above all others when looking at the echelon of the rising stars.
The one guy, who might be a dark horse is Daniil Medvedev. The Russian likes to play on these types of surfaces and exited Aussie Open early. So he had time to sort up his thoughts and to regain his focus. If he plays as he did during the American tour in the latter part of the previous year, prospects for him lifting the trophy will be very good.
Crowdy Situation Among the Ladies
Only once in the entire history, did one player managed to defend the crown in the ladies competition here. It was Martina Navratilova in the second and the third edition back at the start of the ’90s.
The last year’s winner is the Canadian prodigy Bianca Andreescu, who was better in the finals than Angelique Kerber after three sets. It was the first major tournament this teenage sensation won, and later on, she went on to stun the entire tennis world with several more fantastic results.
This year, Andreescu will appear on the court for the first time after her knee injury, which forced her to skip AO.
The list of possible winners is pretty long – Naomi Osaka, Serena Williams, Simona Halep, Sofia Kenin, Victoria Azarenka
Each one of these ladies apart from Kenin knows how to win titles here, and their respective forms are still an enigma. At the moment, we can’t pick one and say that she has more chances than the others.
Currently, there are no odds available for either competition and as soon as they appear, we will update them.
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