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  1. sureshs

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    I am leaving on Mon so I won't be able to get your autograph on a large tennis ball. Maybe next year.
     
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  2. sureshs

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    Remember what happened the last time you gals rented a car in IW and then one took it to the airport or got a ride or something and then never paid her share of the gas? Don't let it happen again.

    And another thing you can do is that you can use a mapping app and it will show you all the restaurants and malls nearby, complete with Yelp comments and other suggestions.
     
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    Nah. That never happened. You are remembering things incorrectly, by quite a lot.
     
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    Cindy,

    Of course! Palm Springs is a little far away if you are staying at the Esmerelda. I have a ton of recommendations and hopefully some will meet your needs. In La Quinta, there is a great sushi restaurant, Okura Sushi, Mexican restaurant, Las Casuelas Quinta, and steakhouse, LG's Prime Steakhouse. In Palm Desert, I would recommend seafood restuarant Pacifica Seafood, the island vibe of Tommy Bahama's, and California cuisine from Cork Tree. Indian Wells is pretty small and not many restaurants. A lot of the really good restaurants are located in the hotels like Esmerelda, Miramonte, and Hyatt.

    You can check out my blog from last year for more places to go:
    http://blog.tenniswarehouse.com/category/bnp-paribas-open-2012/

    Hope that helps! Please feel free to ask any more questions!

    Brittany, TW
     
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    ;-) I'm possibly going on the 11th, but definitely going on the 12th with day/night suite tickets.
     
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    Was planning to just stay one night in SD somewhere near Airport? And then head out early in the morning?...But now I'm wondering if I should check out the SD sites before driving over to IW on Fri (OR I can see sitesee on the way back).

    Also, anyone have advice on how long to spend in IW and SD? I usually get kind of burned out after 4 days of watching tennis (ie: Aussie Open, US Open) - much rather be playing** The events are fun, and will definitely checkout the weekend activities.

    3/12 UPDATE:

    My pics are up on Flickr (didn't want to spam this board) - http://www.flickr.com/photos/demiace/tags/indianwells2013/page3/

    Saw some of the TW playtesters and their demo court but unfortunately the line was a little too long when I got there (very popular attraction this year).

    As for playing tennis - Got invited to fill in for some missing guys at Monteray CC - part of 4th annual "Team Tennis Championships" for a Minnesota team that needed extra 4.0 men...

    It was exactly what I was looking for from this thread...(play tennis in the morning, watch more in the afternoon + at night); great people and awesome dinner* Hope they have something like this at other tourneys too :)

    **Btw, I checked out La Jolla - beach just north of SD and was cool to see the seals out there on the beach.

    The drive on Rt 74 (aka "Pines to Palms" Hwy was very cool - light dusting of snow like Granite said...) - recommend doing this route only in the day time though - Big Horn has a lot of twists and turns but extremely fun for spirted drive
     
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  10. sureshs

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    IW = 1 week
    SD = 1 lifetime
     
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    Hello all,

    May I ask if there's anyone from the Bay area that's going to the tournament? If yes can I please ask you for a ride. I will definitely pay you back to compensate. Thank you in advance!
     
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  12. sureshs

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    Rafa is coming!
     
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  13. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Is anyone doing wristband pickup?

    They would be shipped to/dropped of at San Francisco. Please let me know.

    I wonder if I should start a separate thread requesting wristband pickup?
     
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    Hi All-

    If anybody wants a pair of tickets for Wednesday March 6th Day session, shout to me- I'm arriving at 11:30pm on the 5th and there's no way I'm going to feel human enough to want to go to the tournament all day. Email me at nightandday4@gmail.com and I'm happy to let you have them so they won't go to waste.

    Thanks,

    Dave
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  15. sureshs

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    The time has come. I will be in IW Thu (7th) evening till Mon (11th) morning. I have opened up my email through TW, but it does not show it. Maybe will take a few minutes.

    Send me email if you want to get together, along with your phone number. I will see the email on my cell and then call you. I will have a laptop, but plan to use that only in the hotel at night.
     
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  16. GRANITECHIEF

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    Looks like we are in for a snow covered mountain top visual treat.

    COLD PACIFIC LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM FOR THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH EARLY
    SATURDAY...

    A COLD PACIFIC LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM OFF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST COAST
    WILL MOVE SLOWLY SOUTHWARD ALONG THE WEST COAST THROUGH THURSDAY...
    MOVING INLAND THROUGH SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH
    EARLY SATURDAY. CURRENT TIMING WOULD BRING THE MAIN IMPACTS FRIDAY
    INTO FRIDAY NIGHT.

    * TIMING...PERIODS OF LIGHT PRECIPITATION ARE POSSIBLE ALONG AND
    WEST OF THE MOUNTAINS AT TIMES FOR LATE TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH
    THURSDAY EVENING. MORE SIGNIFICANT PRECIPITATION WITH LOWER SNOW
    LEVELS FOR LATE THURSDAY NIGHT INTO FRIDAY NIGHT...DECREASING
    SATURDAY.

    * RAINFALL...ONE QUARTER TO ONE THIRD INCH NEAR THE COAST TO AROUND
    ONE INCH IN THE MOUNTAINS WITH LOCALLY GREATER AMOUNTS. AMOUNTS
    IN THE DESERTS OF ONE QUARTER INCH OR LESS IN THE UPPER DESERTS
    AND ONE TENTH INCH OR LESS IN THE LOWER DESERTS.

    * SNOWFALL...SNOWFALL OF 4 TO 8 INCHES ABOVE 4000 FEET WITH LOCAL
    AMOUNTS TO AROUND 12 INCHES...MAINLY ABOVE 6000 FEET. LOCAL
    AMOUNTS OF 2 INCHES OR LESS IN THE UPPER DESERTS.
     
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  17. TennisJC

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    I actually was able to book a place in Palm Spring that has 2 private tennis courts - so if any 4.0+ want to play, let me know... easiest email is VAtennis (at) gmail - or just google "tennis bargains" for contact info.

    I went ahead and bought parking lot passes for all the days I'll be there. Hopefully it will be a fun, fan-friendly tourney - will try to check out corona night and all the great practice courts.
     
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    Weather

    IW altitude is 89 feet, so no worry about snow :)

    Here is the weather from 7 to 11:


    Thu
    Mar 7
    73°
    48°
    Partly Cloudy
    CHANCE OF RAIN:
    0%

    WIND:
    W at 12 mph
    Details


    Fri
    Mar 8
    67°
    46°
    Mostly Sunny
    CHANCE OF RAIN:
    10%

    WIND:
    W at 13 mph
    Details


    Sat
    Mar 9
    72°
    47°
    Partly Cloudy
    CHANCE OF RAIN:
    10%

    WIND:
    WNW at 11 mph
    Details


    Sun
    Mar 10
    80°
    50°
    Mostly Sunny
    CHANCE OF RAIN:
    0%

    WIND:
    NNW at 11 mph
    Details


    Mon
    Mar 11
    84°
    50°
    Sunny
    CHANCE OF RAIN:
    0%

    WIND:
    WNW at 8 mph
    Details
     
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  19. GRANITECHIEF

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    NOAA: Palm Desert

    Friday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 63.
    Friday Night A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41.

    Low of 41 Brrrrrrr! Bring snow accessories: hat, gloves, scarf, etc.
     
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  20. sureshs

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    I don't understand. IW weather at weather.com is below. I think Palm Desert may be too vague?

    Friday, Mar 8

    Updated: Mar 5, 2013, 8:18am PST
    Mix of sun and clouds. Highs in the mid 60s and lows in the upper 40s.
    Day Mar 8 66°F
    High
    Partly Cloudy
    Chance of Rain:20%Wind: W at 15 mph Humidity:44%
    UV Index:6 - HighSunrise: 6:04 am Moonset: 2:54 pm Moonphase:Waning CrescentCollapse Details Night 47°
    Low
    Mostly Clear
    Chance of Rain:10%Wind: W at 11 mph Humidity:49%


    But the same site for PD shows:

    Friday, Mar 8

    Updated: Mar 5, 2013, 8:18am PST
    Mix of sun and clouds. Highs in the mid 60s and lows in the mid 40s.
    Day Mar 8 65°F
    High
    Partly Cloudy
    Chance of Rain:20%Wind: W at 14 mph Humidity:48%
    UV Index:6 - HighSunrise: 6:05 am Moonset: 2:54 pm Moonphase:Waning CrescentCollapse Details Night 46°
    Low
    Partly Cloudy
    Chance of Rain:10%Wind: W at 10 mph Humidity:53%



    Seems to be quite different from your source
     
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  21. GRANITECHIEF

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    Obviously, you must have chosen the cheapest place where you don't have to tip :D
     
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  23. sureshs

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    I am taking a jacket with me
     
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    It provides free buffet breakfast, and as I described in a Hawaii thread, I will do my best not to tip anyone who just serves me coffee enthusiastically hoping for a tip. But luckily these small places are usually self-serve.
     
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    Suresh,

    me and rkelly will be there Thur. i'll call u during the day.
     
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  26. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Everyone is talking about the weather, thought I'd provide some insights as well (not much of an insight though).

    I live in SF and it's Tuesday night here, and it's raining cats and dogs, garbage bins are getting blown over from house to house.

    Usually, what happens up here in SF will spill over to SoCal in about a day.
     
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  27. sureshs

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    Oh that will be great. Are you there just for a day?
     
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    Call me in the evening. I will be checked in by then (check in time is 3 pm)

    Hey just found that the Holiday Inn has tennis courts!!!

    " In between rounds of golf, enjoy the hotel's on-site shuffleboard and tennis courts."

    Make me mad how tennis is an afterthought to golf
     
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  29. tennis_ocd

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    I expect you to find out some info on who was the girl with Larry last year.
     
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  30. GRANITECHIEF

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    Looks like a lovely West-East oriented court.

    http://maps.google.com/?ll=33.72018,-116.362538&spn=0.001544,0.001595&t=h&z=20

    Golf definitely dominates in the desert.
     
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  31. sureshs

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    That is still unresolved, isn't it? hopefully i will come across some tournament insiders who can tell me. if i remember, the theory was that she was an asian model, or his daughter from an unknown marriage, or just a new woman in his life.
     
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    I know this has been asked a million times, but . . .

    Are there any public courts in near our hotel (Esmerelda)? We will have a car.

    The hotel has two courts, but they sometimes are occupied.
     
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  33. sureshs

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    I did not find any public courts in the area. I also looked at a similar thread from last year. People advised to just sneak into a hotel's courts.
     
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  34. sureshs

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    The Esmeralda seems to have a spa. Cindy will enjoy it.
     
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    yes. just for one day this year. we'll be leaving at the end of the day session so maybe we won't see you then. too bad.
     
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  36. GRANITECHIEF

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    There are 2 courts at the park directly across the street from the entrance.

    https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Indi...near=Indian+Wells,+Riverside,+California&z=18

    Also 6 courts a couple miles west at Civic Center Park:

    https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Indi...near=Indian+Wells,+Riverside,+California&z=18
     
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  37. TennisJC

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    Granite: Are any of these parks good for pick-up games (where you just show up or do you have to pre-arrange a match)?

    A couple quick questions from a 1st timer:

    Q1) Do they let you bring backpacks, cameras, a tennis racket into the facility?
    Q2) There's a 50% chance of rain on Fri - how well does the facility handle rain delays?
    Q3) They do not seem to be selling general admission tickets for Sat/Sun day - are Loge tix (with 30% off) the best bet? Maybe Mon/Tues are better days and less crowded?

    Thanks!
     
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  38. Moose Malloy

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    Its a madhouse on sat/sun(they did sell GA tix those days, but sold out a while ago) I don't like how 'big' this tournament has gotten, it was a lot more relaxed a few years ago.
    Mon/Tues is less crowded than Sat/Sun

    there's no roof, so if it rains no play.
     
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  39. GRANITECHIEF

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    Not really sure about pick up games, don't live in the area, but guessing the small two court park not good and civic center park is a maybe. To be sure i'd set something up.

    If they are sold out of Gen Admin, then loge with usta discount is best bet. Sat / Sun are crowded but that can be kinda fun too. Big crowd drop off for Mon / Tues and better matches too. Your preference.

    Like Moose said, if it rains, no play and ticket holder basically get hosed.
     
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  40. TennisJC

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    Thanks guys! I'll try to get some at the box office. I bought parking pass for Sat already so will probably poke my head there just to see...

    Indian Wells Credential ppl were suppose to give me a media pass, but they had a technical glitch forcing me to pay for tix :neutral:

    I'll definitely be there all day Monday though, and maybe do some hiking during the weekend at Joshua tree..
     
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  41. Cindysphinx

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    A spa? Too rich for my blood.

    Thanks for the information, Granite Chef!
     
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  42. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    How are we on stuff pickup guys? :)
     
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    Wow---$50 general admission tickets still available for next Monday thru Thursday. Mens 3rd round thru the quarters.
     
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  44. sureshs

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    Thu update

    I reached very early, was planning to check in and take the rest of the day leisurely. But just as I parked the car, I noticed the shuttle waiting. A woman approached me to take her friend's ticket for today at half price. I did, told the hotel I would check in later, and boarded the bus.

    Security accepted me as the "Carol" in the ticket and I was in. Watched Djokovic and Nico practice. Then Azzy. She is really tall in person. Watched Heather lose to someone really tall. Had lunch. Then watched Tomic beat somebody. Went into the TW tent. Then back to the practice courts. Established contact with MNPlayer from this board. Watched Francesca practice. Then Fed and Haas showed up for practice. Found rkelley from this board there.

    Saw a young thin woman with her clothes almost falling off revealing everything. Turned out she was a "player guest" for Malisse. Saw him losing to somebody.

    Then had enough and came back in to check in and connect to the Wifi with my Chromebook.

    I had read about this, but you gotta see it in person to believe. Not talking about Fed's shots. But the average age of the crowd. It is a healthy 80.
     
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    Got an update from poster cheetah now. He saw Kvitova, Wozniaki, Murray and Nishikori practice.
     
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    Do me a favor. Don't let any of the big names lose before I get there!!!
     
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    Wow, that's good to know sureshs!

    About the woman.. you should've took pictures... :twisted:

    Your kidding about the average age right? Oh wait, it is Florida; "The Elderly State". :)
     
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    dude this is california indian wells o-O
     
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    Probably downtown Palm Springs. It's not really swanky, but has lots of little nice shops and restaurants.
     
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    Ex-wife Melanie Craft. The young looking woman seated next to Larry is Nikita Kahn. She's been cruising around the ground.
     
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