Indian Wells 2020 is upon us: the first ATP Masters 1000 and WTA Premier Mandatory of the season will be played regularly from 12 March 2020 to 16 March 2020. The organizers of the tournament on the Californian hard-courts published a press release specifying some preventive measures in order to counter the coronavirus, which is spreading all over the world.
After listening to the opinions of various experts from the University of Southern California and the Eisenhower Health Center, the organizers decided to allow those who had already bought the ticket and had changed their mind a full refund of the amount paid, or by changing the ticker with one for the 2021 edition.
Tennis players will have to use the towels themselves, as already happened in the Davis Cup. In addition, ball boys will wear gloves and contact between fans and players will be limited. The ATP Masters 1000: on the court Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev, Dominic Thiem, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev, Gael Monfils, Grigor Dimitrov, Stan Wawrinka, Nick Kyrgios, Marin Cilic, Milos Raonic, Andrey Rublev and Denis Shapovalov.
Out Kevin Anderson, Kei Nishikori, Andy Murray and Roger Federer. The WTA Premier Mandatory: Ashleigh Barty, Karolina Pliskova, Naomi Osaka, Elina Svitolina, Bianca Andreescu, Serena Williams, Petra Kvitova, Belinda Bencic, Sofia Kenin, Garbine Muguruza, Johanna Konta, Amanda Anisimova, Dayana Yastremska, Marketa Vondrousova and Sloane Stephens on the court.
Out Simona Halep and Angelique Kerber. Wild-card for Kim Cljisters. This week there will also be two ATP Challenger tournaments: the Nur-Sultan Challenger (Kazakhstan, on indoor hard-courts) and the Potchefstroom Open (South Africa, on hard-courts).