Indian Wells Tennis Masters 2019
The Indian Wells Masters is one of the most highly anticipated tennis events of the calendar year.
Hosted at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, California, the hard court facility consists of two stadiums, with Stadium 1 holding 16,100 spectators and Stadium 2 holding 8,000. Stadium 1 is the third largest tennis stadium amongst all the ATP and WTA tennis venues.
America certainly hosts some of the sports most illustrious events and the Indian Wells Masters is no different, with fans from all over the globe flooding into Indian Wells to attend the highly anticipated tournament.
The Indian Wells Tennis 2019 competition will be hosted from the 4th to the 17th of March and is certainly a package deal tailor made for those looking to soak in some American sun during their tennis trip.
Indian Wells Tennis History
Founded by legendary ex-tennis players in the South African Raymond Moore and American Charlie Pasarell back in 1974, the tournament has since established itself as one of the most renowned competitions in the sport.
Also known as the BNB Paribas Open, due to sponsorship reasons, the tournament is part of the Masters 1000 event on the mens tour and a Premier Mandatory event for the womens tour.
Famously recognised as the biggest competition of the tennis season, outside of the four major Grand slam finals, the Indian Wells Masters has boasted some of the games finest players down the years. Both singles main draw selects 96 players in the first draw, with 32 extra seeded players getting a bye to the second round.
In terms of the mens singles, both Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic share domination when it comes to the records. Both the acclaimed players hold 5 titles each to their names, including the most consecutive titles each, with Federers reign occurring during the period 2004-2006, before Djokovics run during 2015-2017.
The Womens singles has however not seen such domination from one player, as there has incredibly been a different individual winner over the last 12 years. Last years winner in the prodigy of Naomi Osaka, will however be hoping to spark a new era of domination, as the 20 year-old will be brimming full of confidence after defeating Serena Williams and claiming the US Open singles title in controversial fashion earlier this month.
Iconic Williams Controversy
A trivial piece of knowledge on the competition is the fact that that the Indian Wells Masters is recognised for the Williams sisters boycott of the event during the years 2001 – 2015. The event occurred after Venus Williams withdrew from her semi-final clash with sister Serena Williams just four minutes before the match was scheduled to commence.
During the final, the crowd heavily booed Serena and her father during the match and even during the winning ceremony, after she defeated Kim Clijsters 4-6, 6-4 and 6-2.
Following the incredible scenes, both sisters decided to boycott the event and refused to contribute in any sponsoring of the Indian Wells Masters. Serena Williams did however mark her return back in 2015, with Venus participating in 2016.
Indian Wells Masters Tickets
Available as either daily tickets or even a package deal, the Indian Wells Masters is a tournament that can accommodate for fans looking for different experiences.
In 2015, the event notoriously received over 450,000 visitors and the 2019 event is shaping up to be another hit.
The competition holds some of the sports most acclaimed stars and is certainly an occasion not to be passed up on.
Josh Gmerek-Iftakhar, online freelance sports journalist based in Manchester