In an interview to The Desert Sun, the former doubles champion Mark Woodforde praised the BNP Paribas Open of Indian Wells that is making huge improvements on a yearly basis. “Indian Wells was maybe playing second fiddle to Miami.
Now, with the facilities, it’s first-rate. Not that the other Masters’ Series aren’t high-quality, but there’s just something very special about the Indian Wells event. Now, I think the jewel in the Masters Series truly belongs to Indian Wells", said Woodforde.
Brad Gilbert, an ESPN analyst, added: "The tournament was a great tournament, but once Larry took it over it became an epic tournament. It’s just an incredible thing to see that each year he keeps reinvesting in the tournament to make it better.
It’s just absolutely amazing what he has done. The feeling of the event is like a major now." The Tournament Director Tommy Haas is very pleased and happy too: “Players notice those little details. He just kept raising the bar in so many different ways,” Rod Laver: “Larry’s been unbelievably good to the game there in the desert.
When he walks into those grounds, he must feel proud. He must feel great about it. Yes, it was a lot of money that he’s put into it, but the success of it, it’s great to see." “It’s absolutely remarkable.
Every year it gets better and better. Absolutely one of the best decisions we ever made was to sell it to Larry and hand it over to him. He’s been the perfect owner, and all of tennis, really, should be very happy to have somebody like Larry Ellison involved in the sport because he really has pushed the envelope for all tournaments, and I’m including the majors. The ultimate winner of all of that is the sport”.