Indian Wells: a poorer tournament than in the glorious past



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Indian Wells: a poorer tournament than in the glorious past

Indian Wells is today, in 2021, a poorer tournament than in the glorious past. The BNP Paribas ATP Masters 1000 event is currently being played. Compared to the past this tournament is played in a different period of the season (usually held in March) and for this and for many other reasons the results in terms of public for Indian Wells are quite poor.

Sparsely populated stands, a fairly delicate environment and a situation that is anything but engaging, so much so that many have tried to ask themselves the real reasons for all this. Undoubtedly, compared to past editions, the absence of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, Big Three who have dominated world tennis over the last few years, had an impact on the men' singles.

Furthermore, in the women's singles we note the absence of a legend, however American, with players like Serena Williams. In general, with the elimination of number one seed Daniil Medvedev quite quickly, the draw for the quarter-finals is quite poor with few top ten and many outsiders.

Indian Wells: a poorer tournament than in the glorious past

In the semifinals, the outsiders at these levels Cameron Norrie and the Bulgarian, former Top ten and back from many difficulties Grigor Dimitrov, will face in the upper part of the board.

The only Top Ten currently remaining in the race are Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas, engaged today in the matches valid for the quarter-finals respectively against Taylor Fritz and Nikoloz Basilashvili. The New York Times has tried to understand the cause of this collapse of the public and the organizers have acknowledged that the forecast is to reach at least half the audience compared to the edition held in 2019.

Undoubtedly the date change in October and a different climate has had an impact (in March in Indian Wells there are many more residents) but also the choice to accept among the public only those who have already had the Covid-19 vaccine has reduced so the number of spectators.

The media attention for the Indian Wells tournament is very low compared to the past and the factors are innumerable, these are just some of those listed.