Attending Indian Wells or Miami 2013?

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  1. Roddick85

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    Hi

    Since I couldn't get the vacations I had planned for to go watch tennis in europe this fall, I've started at looking at attending either Indian Wells or Miami 2013, Australian is another possibility as well but remains less likely. For those that attended either events, care to share some feedback? Which of the 2 events is the most fun attending ?

    I see that there's a lots of nice resorts in Indian Wells, some with tennis courts as well? During the tournament, are they're enough people in those resorts for you to find a good partner to hit with at night? In terms of activity, autograph sessions etc.. what can I expect? Is the overall experience worth the premium for well placed seats?

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  2. cricketics

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    I haven't been to one in Miami but surely the Indian Wells is great fun.

    Things I would recommend

    - Get a car. If you plan to stay and visit different places around Indian Wells, a car is a must. This is not New York where you can go basically anywhere with Subway. It has a bus Service which can take you to near the tennis stadium, but you still have to walk a bit after getting off at the bus stop(about 10-15 mins from the nearest bus stop).

    It's an event where lot of top players will be playing doubles. So even if you don't get to see a a big player on the main stadium, you can expect to see them on the outer court or at stadium 2 or 3 playing doubles.

    Don't be surprised to see Federer or Nadal or Djokovic practicing in front of you or getting past you. Players basically come out from this building which has it's own food court and from there they enter the field where they will be playing soccer or doing warm ups before they go to their respective practice courts. Now the passage which takes these players to that field is basically where you can stand. So Imagine Djokovic or Nadal signing your cap and going into the field to do some warm ups.

    It's a brilliant atomsphere there. I still like the atmosphere at a grandslam like US Open since, because there is that buzz of grandslam, but you got to visit Indian wells to get up close with the Legends of Tennis.

    About food, I am a vegetarian, so I had problem finding different varities. I couldn't stand the pizza all the time, so I had to bring some food from outside, but for Non Vegetarians, they have lot of options.
     
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    Thanks for the feedback really appreciate. Yeah i'm guessing the atmosphere at a grand slam must be different hence why i'm considering the Australian open, as i've been to the Masters in Montreal and the ATP World Tour Finals last year. Is there anything interesting to visit around Indian Wells? From what I see it's mostly resorts and desert around there? Already been to L.A a few times, don't really plan on going back there during the day when i'm attending the matches. Actually what I was considering doing in Indian Wells was to take that package for the whole tournament and perhaps practice/play tennis when I have time.
     
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    LA is 3 hours drive from IW, without traffic. You won't be commuting back and forth. When you go to IW, you go there for the tennis, all day. Other things to do include the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, the Living Desert animal park, shopping at Cabazon Outlets or having a spa day. There are also lots of really good restaurants in the area, and you can play golf too, if you are interested. I love the IW tournament (except on the first weekend) and I spoke to a couple from Florida last year who said they were not going to the USO anymore, they would go to IW every year instead.

    I've never been to Miami, but I have friends who love it. Love the Miami scene, the nightclubs, whatever. Lots to do there when you aren't watching tennis I suppose.

    I have a friend in England who has been to 3 of the 4 slams and lots of Masters events and other tournaments. IW is her favorite above all of them. She gets a room at the Esmerelda for a week and people watches down in the lounge every night. She loves it.
     
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  5. West Coast Ace

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    All of @Fee's advice except the 1st is accurate - it's only about 130 miles from my place near the ocean - traffic is going the other way - if you get up early - and you want to so you're there when the gates open at 10AM - you can make it in 2 hrs easily slightly breaking the posted speed (like most Southern Californians). The drive home isn't pleasant if you leave after or near the end of the day session - you will run into traffic, you'll be hot and sweaty.

    The resorts all have pros to hit with if you can't arrange something; won't be cheap - Palm Springs and IW is an affluent area and the tournament draws an affluent crowd. I'm sure they post rates or you can email them to find out how much. Closer to the tournament you may be able to bump this thread and might find people to hit with.

    There are threads about Miami in this Travel section of the boards. I've been to South Beach many times but never for the tournament. A lot of fun.
     
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    I've never been to IW but I really want to go. Everything I hear is that the IW experience is first-rate.

    I've spent a couple weeks in Miami. For a tourist like me, it's just another Big American City once you're two blocks away from the beach. The beach-area hotels can be very very nice though.
     
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  7. Roddick85

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    Wow you guys sound really convincing about IW. I might go there afterall!
     
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  8. gavna

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    I attend both events every year and agree IW is great - one big but is the traffic if you drive in from the L.A. Basin - the afternoon and even eventing traffic heading east on I10 can be a massive issue - I've had to sit thru brutal slowdowns from east of downtown almost until you get to Redlands....just plan ahead.

    As for Miami - well it's Miami!!!!! You have the whole region to play in, March is perfect weather, beaches, tons of places to play tennis in your off time. When it's just the wife and I IW is great but with the kids and friends Miami can't be beat.

    As for the facilites the players are also easy to get close to - fans can get right on the fences on the practice courts and easy to catch players walking to and from.....much much more relaxed than the USO....
     
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    That's impressive and almost scary. Justin's in Santa Monica, he's done it in less than 3, but I don't think he got it down to 2 hours. I'm not in LA, but my trip usually takes an hour and 40 minutes without traffic, or close to two if I stay on the 60 the whole time (the slow part at the end before it merges with the 10 has a lower speed limit). Visitors to California usually don't drive like us natives, so I calculated closer to actually driving the speed limit. ;)
     
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