It is clear to everyone that a new era in tennis is dawning and slowly it is taking the right place in the ATP Tour, to the detriment of the Big Three and those experienced players still in business, who begin to miss many appointments in the course of a season.
The Indian Wells Master 1000 will represent another case of an important tournament in which neither Roger Federer, nor Rafa Nadal nor Novak Djokovic will be at the start, the last in chronological order to announce his forfeit for the body not yet resumed after the hectic two weeks at the US Open.
The first two have already ensured their come back to the court in 2022, while the Serbian has not yet expressed himself on whether or not he will participate in the Nitto Finals in Turin. We have to recall that in the lasts seasons the ATP Finals were won by a Next Gen player, while Daniil Medvedev was the one who got a Slam title among the Dominion of the Big Three (at least Dominic Thiem in 2020, when he won the US Open but at 27 year-old).
The New generation takes the stage
The new generation will have all the spotlight on the BNP Paribas Open of Indian Wells and will play the title of the Californian competition. An interesting fact, precisely in the United States, concerns and unites the top eight seeded players: in fact, the most advanced tennis player with age does not exceed 25 years.
The greatest will be Daniil Medvedev, born in 1996, who will take the number one thanks to the absence of the winner this year from the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon. Then will follow the emerging Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev (respectively with 23 and 24), who will want to take more than one satisfaction before approaching the Finals.
Andrey Rublev precedes Matteo Berrettini, only two months younger than the Russian who will lead the scoreboard. To complete the picture Casper Ruud, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Hubert Hurkacz, all three ready to battle to secure a place among the top eight in the world in the Race.
To find a player close to 30, you have to go down the entry list to the Argentine Diego Schwartzman. It will be an Indian Wells certainly different from previous editions, more balanced and with more players who aspire to raise the title to the sky.