The Indian Wells Masters tennis tournament takes place in sunny California and is one of the biggest pro tour events of the year.
It’s known as one of the most popular tournaments to attend because it has all the best players in the world, but isn’t quite as overcrowded as the grand slams. You’ll find that many native Californians who love tennis attend this tournament each year. Here’s a guide to the Indian Wells Masters tennis tournament for true fans of tennis.
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Table of Contents
Indian Wells 2021: COVID-19 Update
About the Indian Wells Tennis Tournament
How to Get Tickets to the Indian Wells Tennis Tournament
Where to Stay in Indian Wells
Getting Around Indian Wells
How to Make Your Indian Wells Experience Great
How to Watch the Indian Wells Tennis Tournament On TV
Here is an update from the Indian Wells tennis tournament Twitter account:
The Indian Wells Masters is also referred to by its sponsored name, the BNP Paribas Open, or the Indian Wells Open. BNP Paribas is a French banking corporation. They acquired the naming rights in 2009.
The tournament event itself has been around since 1974. Indian Wells is the fourth city the event has taken place in, starting out with Tucsan, Arizona, then Rancho Mirage and La Quinta, California, and finally where it is held today, since 1987.
The tournament is part of the men’s (ATP) Masters 1000 and the women’s (WTA) Premier Mandatory event.
The Indian Wells Masters takes place in Indian Wells, California in the United States at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
It’s the second-largest outdoor tennis stadium in the world after the US Open’s Arthur Ashe Stadium. Stadium 1 seats 16,100 tennis fans. The location is near the Palm Springs area in the Coachella Valley.
The Indian Wells Masters usually takes place each year in early and mid-March.
Indian Wells is about one month before the start of the clay-court season with the Monte Carlo Masters.
This year, however, the dates for the 2021 Indian Wells Tournament have been postponed and have not been rescheduled yet (as of December 2020).
The 2020 Indian Wells tournament was canceled due to COVID-19 as well.
The current champions of the Indian Wells Masters from 2019 are the following:
The court surface of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden is a hard outdoor surface. It’s made of Plexipave which is acrylic, ITF rated, and environmentally-friendly.
The prize money for the 2019 Indian Wells Masters was $9 million dollars (USD).
The men’s (ATP) and the women’s (WTA) champions and runners-up received the same amount of money, in both singles and doubles.
Here are the ranking points for the Indian Wells Masters:
|Men’s Singles & Doubles||Women’s Singles & Doubles|
|Rd. of 16||90||120|
|Rd. of 32||45 singles | no doubles||65 singles | 10 doubles|
|Rd. of 64||25 singles | no doubles||35 singles | no doubles|
The Indian Wells Masters has tickets available via their official website.
There are three stadiums at the tennis center that are simply called Stadium 1, 2, and 3. They offer reserved seating in different tiers of expense at each of the stadiums, in packages of seats for multiple days.
Those are entire “series packages” for every day of the tournament. You can also buy “mini packages” which are three days each. There is the option to purchase “single tickets” to different stadiums on the days that you want to go.
The ticket reseller Stubhub has open tickets available. You can sometimes get a really great deal on this website.
In order to see the biggest matches, you are going to want to have tickets in reserved seats for Stadium 1. That’s the biggest of the three stadiums. The best and most famous players will be showcased in the finals at the grandest stadium.
There are many places to stay in California, but you are going to want to be in the Palm Springs area so that you are close to the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. In doing so, you can avoid traffic as much as possible getting to and from the tennis center.
For high-end hotel options consider:
Both of these five-star resorts are two miles away from the tennis venue.
For budget-friendly options, consider these options:
Both are three-star properties that are clean and family-friendly.
Airbnb is also an option that many people use to rent out rooms in their homes or entire apartments for people that come to the Palm Springs area. This is also the home of the famous music festivals, Coachella and Stagecoach, so many people are used to renting through Airbnb to out-of-towners coming to experience these events.
Most of the hotels in the area will offer a complimentary shuttle to the Indian Wells Masters each day of the event. You can also take a taxi or Uber to get to the stadium. There is the option to rent a car which will help you get around the expansive territory of California much easier when you want to explore on your own.
If you are more into public transportation, you can take the public bus that goes around the city of Indian Wells. There is a drop-off station right by the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
The grounds of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden are enormous. Keep in mind that the entire facility is mostly outdoors. There are two 19,000 square foot coverings that will shade you a bit from the sun if you need a break.
There are three main stadiums which are numbered 1, 2, and 3. There are 20 other courts around the grounds as well. You can easily walk all over the complex to see matches from some of the top players in tennis from around the world.
You want to get there early to enjoy everything the tournament has to offer. The gates open each day at 10 a.m. with lots of gorgeous greenery and scenery to look at. This is truly a glorious place that you aren’t going to want to miss as a tennis fan.
During the day, it can be hot, so bring light clothes, sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses. However, the desert can get cold at night, so bring a jacket if you plan to stay for night matches.
You can bring food and water into the grounds, but no alcohol. They will have alcohol available inside for purchase. Make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes as well.
It’s a fun and festive atmosphere inside for true tennis lovers. There are lots of shops, three fine dining restaurants, and plenty of action to soak up on the practice tennis courts. There is a year-round tennis club located there where members and their guests can play some tennis themselves.
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Will Boucek is the Founder & CEO of The Tennis Tribe. He has played tennis for over two decades, including in college. Will has worked with ATP & WTA tour players and coaches. He currently lives in Austin TX where he plays USTA leagues & tournaments, writes about tennis, and teaches doubles workshops.