This is a quick fan report from Sue who attended Indian Wells
After my initial disappointment that there would be no Roger, I decided to focus on the new talent. Unfortunately, I dropped my camera on the cement stadium floor and damaged the lens. So, no photos.
The weather can be quite extreme. From 90 F days to freezing cold and windy at night. Like a boy scout, one must be prepared for it all. Some evenings I saw gloves, toques, ski jackets etc.
On to tennis. The courts looked slow and gritty….think sandpaper. The ball would sit up like crazy. A drop shot was rarely a winner.
The tennis “garden” was as beautiful as ever. Helpful staff and volunteers as well. Next year another new stadium will be built with a museum as well. Of course the prices will be on the rise again.
Larry Ellison created a “royal box” in the main stadium. He kicked out rows of season ticket holders. The box has its own tunnel entrance and security galore. I saw Rod Laver, Mike Tyson, Djokovic and others there.
If you don't mind the sun or grab a seat in the shady side of a court, it's fine to buy a general admission ticket for $50-60. You can see great matches all day. You can enter the main stadium in the nose bleed section as well.
Now to the players. The one that stood out for me was Zverev. I saw him play Dimitrov and Simon. He has a calmness about him. Dimi didn't play a bad match either. Zverev has a big serve, great backhand and good forehand. It's his demeanour that caught my attention. Also saw Tiafoe and Coric. It will be interesting to see who will be the stars of tomorrow.
Watched Delpo vs Berdych. The crowd was cheering for Delpo. So nice to see. He didn't look quite match ready, winded at times.
Saw Murray lose to Delbonis…fun match…Murray swearing until the last ball. So entertaining.
Watched Raonic, Tomic (loser), Goffin, Djokovic, Nadal, Isner, Kohlie, etc. Saw quite a few WTA matches as well. Serena says she's 155 lbs, lol. Azarenka on her way back, Radwanska always nice to watch.
All in all a great holiday except for the creepy guy at the airbnb where we stayed. But I, along with tens of thousands of others missed our man, the GOAT.