Why Tennis Players Are Selecting Indian Wells As the Best Masters 1000 Tournament for the Past 7 Years

Published 12/20/2021, 12:58 PM EST
INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 17: Angelique Kerber of Germany serves to Bianca Andreescu of Canada during the women’s final of the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 17, 2019 in Indian Wells, California. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)


For the seventh year in a row, Indian Wells, also known as BNP Paribas Open, has been voted the best ATP Masters tournament by men’s tennis players. The tournament is an annual event usually held in March in Indian Wells, California, United States.

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Since 2014, Indian Wells has received this honor for operating at the highest level of professionalism and integrity. It seems like tennis players love playing at the beautiful hardcourts in the United States.

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Why do tennis players love Indian Wells?

The “Tennis Paradise” is considered one of the most fascinating tournaments on the ATP circuit. Held in the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, which is a 54-acre tournament property, it’s regarded as “Fifth Grand Slam” because of its attendance figures. It has the third largest tennis stadium in the world (in terms of capacity) behind New York’s Arthur Ashe and London’s O2 Arena.

Oct 10, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Victoria Azarenka (BLR) hits a shot against Petra Kvitova (CZE) at Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

During the tournament this year, Eugenie Bouchard gave fans a tour of the fantastic facilities at the tournament. She even showed a unique “Miss you wall” which has cut-outs of the notable absentees from that year’s tournament.

Alongside fans, tennis professionals also love the tournament held in the beautiful desert region in California. On several occasions, players have confessed their enthusiasm about playing in California. Just this year, Novak Djokovic said Indian Wells was his “favorite place to go.”

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Who won this year at Indian Wells Masters?

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This year was pretty special for Indian Wells as it recorded a new champion. Cameron Norrie of British lifted his maiden Masters title at the Indian wells 2021.

Oct 17, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Cameron Norrie (GBR) holds the championship trophy after defeating Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO) in the men’s final in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

The British No. 1 cruised into the finals of the competition, beating the likes of Diego Schwartzman and Grigor Dimitrov. In the finals of the competition, Norrie surpassed Nikoloz Basilashvili coming from a set down.

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On the women’s side, Paula Badosa beat Victoria Azarenka in a three-set thriller to grab her first Masters tournament as well.

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analysing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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