What is the best day to go to the BNP Open?

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  1. crash1929

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    I went years ago and saw all the players up close. I mean I was literally tossing balls to Andy Murray and Brad Gilbert. I want to recreate the trip with my father but I'm not sure when to go? 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th? It would be great to see some good matches but the main thing is seeing as many of the top pros as possible practicing. Last we went 2 or 3 days early and I know I saw Fed, Nadal, Murray, Sharapova, Bahgdatis, Haas, Safin, and others.

    I heard if you go on the third and fourth there is no fee, but it doesn't look like any of the big players would be playings since they are qualifier rounds. Would the top pros be practicing these days?

    I"m thinking the 5th and the 6th would be the best days to go.

    Any advice is appreciated.

    BTW- the biggest observations from being up close on the practice courts: 1. I had never seen anybody move forward on the tennis court as fast, smooth, and effortlessly and Andy Murray. 2. I have never seen the ball bounce straight up on a fh like when Nadal was practicing. Seemed to defy physics. 3. Federer is a breed apart. He walks and moves different than any other player, like a panther.
     
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    go on sunny day

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    Everyone talks of Federer's decline and I think this is the key part of his decline. He is still great but at 32 no longer moves like a cat in matches.

    I would say go to the 2nd and 3rd rounds - 4th round too if you have time. Earlier enough that good players should still be around unless shocking upset happens and a lot of top players will have 1st round byes. I always like going to middle rounds because good players are still there and their competition has won a round or two making for good matches.
     
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    second wednesday, end of story. YOu ar guranteed to see your player play
     
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    Best post in the thread. The problems are: if you early, no one is eliminated so you can see everyone, but if you want to see stars, they are often playing qualifiers so the match quality is poor (there are often great matches but not with the seeded players). if you go later, the matches get better, especially in the stadium, but there is the chance that you fav got eliminated early. I like the Tuesday and Wednesday of the second week.
     
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    Ha, it's always sunny in southern cal :).

    I am going to the QF (Friday - 14th). Been to the semi finals once and finals once. Great atmosphere, though it can (and was, the last two times) get pretty hot out there.
     
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    I have been once, a few years ago and I really like early rounds so I can see the practice courts. I has as enjoyable as the actual matches.
     
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    I thought I was crazy when I was watching him just walk around the court/grounds. It literally reminded me of the way a wild cat would move. This was the year that canas (i think thats who it was - a latin american player) beat him. as he entered the court he picked up all the paper cups and trash that others (lower ranked players) had left there before him.
     
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    Thanks for all the advice. I really appreciate it. So I guess my main question was for how long is there a dog and pony show on the practice courts? As OddJack says- If I went on the second wednesday and Thursday would there still be plenty to see on the practice courts? Or do the big names only hit the practice courts the first couple of days?
     
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    Can anyone chime in and let me know if the practice courts are still full of top players by the second wednesday of the tournament. I'm assuming so but just want to double check. Thanks
     
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    Related question: I am looking for tickets to Indian Wells for March 13, 14 and 15. One person only. Would prefer seats in rows 100x. Please connect me to people/websites that are selling tickets. I found couple of sites but they sell in pairs! The official website is sold out.
     
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    I recommend Stubhub
     
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    I guess I'll gamble and get tikcets for the 2nd wed and thurs. I hope the practice courts are full of top players and spectators enjoying themselves.

    Where is a reasonable place to stay?
     
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    On StubHub I am able to find tickets. However the earliest delivery is March 7th which is 10 days from now. Is that normal and legit?
     
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    The tickets will be sent right away.
     
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    regarding wanting to see practice. . . most will practice throughout the tourney, light practices on match days and a little more on off days. typically the bigger draws will practice on the courts off the beaten path, so it may be worth staking a spot and hanging out if you really want the up close experience again.
     
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    I'll be going on Wed (evening) and Tues (day). Thanks for your advice.
     
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    thanks OddJack- I got tickets for Wed and Thursday! Can't wait. How are people setting up matches there? I'm 4.5+ and willing to hit with anyone on site if that is allowed, what do I know. Maybe i can warm sharapova up.
     
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    Wednesday was great.

    Thursday was dead- not much happening on the practice courts and no matches on the best court- court 2. The Milos Dolg match was really good on thursday though.
     
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    I'm looking at going to Indian Wells next year and I'm trying to find out the cost of the tickets. 2015 information isn't yet posted. For those that have been what is the average daily ticket price for say the 2nd or 3rd rounds?
     
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