Here is my 2017 report from Indian Wells. I say it every year but the tennis garden is truly a beautiful place. We left snow, rain and damp cold behind to enjoy brilliant sunshine, blue skies and heat. Can I complain about the heat?
It was hot! But at night, shorts and a t-shirt was all that was required.
We stayed in a lovely little inn with our own private patio, full kitchen and NO creepy owner. What a relief to know I wasn't going to be murdered, chopped up and put in the freezer during my stay.
On to the matches! What can I say. Stomach in my throat again as I watch Roger enter the stadium to the roar of the crowd. He floated in, played for 51 minutes, had an on court interview, hit signed tennis balls into the screaming crowd and floated out. A two year wait for just over an hour. Totally worth it! It was the Robert match. The poor guy looked like a deer caught in the headlights.
The court is slow but the air is light. The green and black looked ok but then Fed could be wearing shorts pulled up to his armpits and we'd be happy.
Fed's dad was in the player's box with Ivan and the rest of the team. Mirka and Lynette were in Larry Ellison's box close to where I was sitting. Both looked elegant. I'm such a groupie!
Within 24 hours I saw Murray, Nadal, Djokovic and Fed. No one got the roar of the crowd like Roger. He is loved in the desert. At a Stan match, someone was yelling, we love you Roger. Stan was not impressed.
The most entertaining match was the Murray / Pospisil one. It was so exciting and that is the LOUDEST I have ever heard the fans. All Canadians I guess! Murray wasn't expecting that. Pospisil is my second favourite player.
Djokovic was in a foul mood. Trying to tear apart a tennis ball – what is that? My theory is Nole just can't get his motivation back and his anger is rising.
No offence to Americans on this blog but the American players I saw were behaving badly. Grow up already. The player I was impressed with this year was Kyle Edmund. Great serve and forehand.
A lot of renovations were done to stadium one this year. And so the prices are rising again – 38% last year and 40% for 2018. Also a grounds pass doesn't get you into stadium one anymore.
And now to the fans. Many of the usual crowd… botox, bleached blonde hair and leather skin. Hey, come to Indian Wells Tennis Garden – you can now get a face lift on site!
Off to rob a bank so I can afford tickets for next year!