Indian Wells 2020 - who is going ?

atatu

Legend
I know this might be too soon, but I think I just convinced my wife to go to IW in March. Anyone else planning to go ?
 

bigserving

Hall of Fame
I will be there for at least some of the qualies and early rounds. Gotta get in a round or two of golf as well!
 

ChaelAZ

Legend
Excited they moved our Sping Break for work up a week so I am off in March Saturday the 7th through Sunday the 15th. I can finally get to some of the early action like I used to. Let me know who is going to be there that week and we will plan!
 

atatu

Legend
I just booked a place in Cathedral City, not exactly close by, but it has 9 courts on site, so that's a good thing !
 

GeoffHYL

Professional
I plan on going, but not definite yet. Any veterans of the tournament, what are the best days to go? I'm most interested in day sessions rather than evening sessions.
 

norcal

Hall of Fame
Men's seeds usually start play Sat/Sun. Get day passes early in the tournament and you can see top players on the more intimate outer courts. Great dubs too.
I plan on going, but not definite yet. Any veterans of the tournament, what are the best days to go? I'm most interested in day sessions rather than evening sessions.
 

remshaam

New User
Hi everyone,
I would like to have some input on the Indian wells tournament. I will be visiting for the first time from Chicago, hence need some information in general.
1. Is it possible to watch practice matches before the event, like the US OPEN and get close to players? It would be great to get some pics with Novak , Roger, Rafa (This might sound like a dream come true!) before the event starts
2. After the event starts, which days are good, the first few days, or the semifinals and finals? I would like to watch good players, at the same time pretty close to the court. Are there grounds pass similar to US open?
3. What are the best places to stay on a budget? I will be traveling alone, so just need a place to crash in. Couchsurfing, airbnb?
4. Are there some fun events for the fans like player-fan interaction, serve speed analysis etc?
5. How is your overall experience with the tournament? Is better than Miami and cincinnati?
 

ChaelAZ

Legend
1. Is it possible to watch practice matches before the event, like the US OPEN and get close to players? It would be great to get some pics with Novak , Roger, Rafa (This might sound like a dream come true!) before the event starts
All I do anymore is get the $50 ground pass and check out the practice courts. Have seen all the players, right up close while playing and even get to talk with many. TONS of photo ops.

2. After the event starts, which days are good, the first few days, or the semifinals and finals? I would like to watch good players, at the same time pretty close to the court. Are there grounds pass similar to US open?
For just the sheer number of players you get to see, the early days as best in my opinion. As you get to semis and such there is still a bit of action on practice courts, but most the players who are out have already left and you have to pay seat prices for the stadiums to watch the big matches.

3. What are the best places to stay on a budget? I will be traveling alone, so just need a place to crash in. Couchsurfing, airbnb?
The eveny books up most local hotels, resorts, and vacation home quickly, and EVERYONE is chragin premiums during that time. Whne I was younger we used to take my turck and Walmart parking lot camp or grab tents and hit the desert areas. Even the RV parks get booked, but we've done that a few years as well.

4. Are there some fun events for the fans like player-fan interaction, serve speed analysis etc?
TTW does a whole deal there as well as a lot of other fan fun events and activities. Tennis Channel broadcasts live and you get to be on TV if ya figure out how to wiggle in. Good food and beverages too. We used to bring blankets with our group and hit the grass areas where we could crash and nap during the days and spend the whole day, open to close there. Night is awesome depdning on weather.

5. How is your overall experience with the tournament? Is better than Miami and cincinnati?
Never been to Miami and Cinncy, but can't see how an event could get much better. I've been going since it was at the other resort and while they built this up to what it is. Tis' why it is a player's favorite on the tournament trail.
 

remshaam

New User
All I do anymore is get the $50 ground pass and check out the practice courts. Have seen all the players, right up close while playing and even get to talk with many. TONS of photo ops.



For just the sheer number of players you get to see, the early days as best in my opinion. As you get to semis and such there is still a bit of action on practice courts, but most the players who are out have already left and you have to pay seat prices for the stadiums to watch the big matches.



The eveny books up most local hotels, resorts, and vacation home quickly, and EVERYONE is chragin premiums during that time. Whne I was younger we used to take my turck and Walmart parking lot camp or grab tents and hit the desert areas. Even the RV parks get booked, but we've done that a few years as well.



TTW does a whole deal there as well as a lot of other fan fun events and activities. Tennis Channel broadcasts live and you get to be on TV if ya figure out how to wiggle in. Good food and beverages too. We used to bring blankets with our group and hit the grass areas where we could crash and nap during the days and spend the whole day, open to close there. Night is awesome depdning on weather.



Never been to Miami and Cinncy, but can't see how an event could get much better. I've been going since it was at the other resort and while they built this up to what it is. Tis' why it is a player's favorite on the tournament trail.
Thanks a lot for all the info. This year, it is from March 9 - March 22. Do you recommend going a couple of days before , like March 5,6? Should I rent a car from LA? I will be flying from Chicago. What else to do nearby?Any interesting places to visit? I am planning to be in that area for about a week
 

ChaelAZ

Legend
Thanks a lot for all the info. This year, it is from March 9 - March 22. Do you recommend going a couple of days before , like March 5,6? Should I rent a car from LA? I will be flying from Chicago. What else to do nearby?Any interesting places to visit? I am planning to be in that area for about a week
They have some events before, but generally I would think just be there the first day, which is free access too. Early rounds is for qualifying, so if you are looking for the bigger names you might have a better chance mid week. I have seen top guys there early as well practicing so you just never know. In all, it is all amazing tennis to watch, from qualies to the top players.
 

GeoffHYL

Professional
Thanks a lot for all the info. This year, it is from March 9 - March 22. Do you recommend going a couple of days before , like March 5,6? Should I rent a car from LA? I will be flying from Chicago. What else to do nearby?Any interesting places to visit? I am planning to be in that area for about a week
Avoid flying into LAX. If you can, Ontario is much closer to IW (only about an hour drive vs. 2+ hours from LAX), and easier to get into and out of. As far as stuff to do, there is the Palm Springs Air Museum if you like military aviation. Golf is the main attraction of this area.
 

atatu

Legend
Thanks a lot for all the info. This year, it is from March 9 - March 22. Do you recommend going a couple of days before , like March 5,6? Should I rent a car from LA? I will be flying from Chicago. What else to do nearby?Any interesting places to visit? I am planning to be in that area for about a week
I think the sweet spot will be from March 11-March 16th honestly. Take a look at the schedule here:
 

atatu

Legend
Definitely plan on checking out the Indian Canyons for a hike, it's only like $9 to get in I think.

I might do that jeep tour of the San Andreas Fault this time, although I think it's a little pricey.

Last time I was there I did the Tram (reluctantly, my wife insisted) and ran into Djokovic at the top. I took pictures of his group for him and he took a picture with my kids in exchange, so I'm glad I agreed to do the Tram.
 

remshaam

New User
Also, is there any place to play tennis? I will be bringing my racquet and balls as well, is there a place where I could hit with locals and do some drills?
 

socalmd123

Semi-Pro
Definitely plan on checking out the Indian Canyons for a hike, it's only like $9 to get in I think.

I might do that jeep tour of the San Andreas Fault this time, although I think it's a little pricey.

Last time I was there I did the Tram (reluctantly, my wife insisted) and ran into Djokovic at the top. I took pictures of his group for him and he took a picture with my kids in exchange, so I'm glad I agreed to do the Tram.
very cool!!
 

atatu

Legend
Does anyone know if the courts at La Quinta High School are open to the public ? Looks like they have 8 courts there, we could have a TW meetup.
 

jlin17

New User
Jw any tips on where to buy Mar 15 day session stadium 1 tickets?
I forgot to buy 2 months ago when it was still 60$ :( now bumped to 145... Saw some cheaper ones on vividseats, stubhub etc.

Thx!
 

socalmd123

Semi-Pro
Jw any tips on where to buy Mar 15 day session stadium 1 tickets?
I forgot to buy 2 months ago when it was still 60$ :( now bumped to 145... Saw some cheaper ones on vividseats, stubhub etc.

Thx!
go to the bnp paribas site. They will likely release more tickets for your day in Feb. If you go to those broker sites/or buy resale tickets beware of steep service fees.
 

jlin17

New User
go to the bnp paribas site. They will likely release more tickets for your day in Feb. If you go to those broker sites/or buy resale tickets beware of steep service fees.
Really? thx much for the tip! i almost pull the trigger on broker sites which have so much fees since i'm worrying it will go up more later...
 

socalmd123

Semi-Pro
Really? thx much for the tip! i almost pull the trigger on broker sites which have so much fees since i'm worrying it will go up more later...
I would highly recommend waiting for February or even early March. In past years more tickets have become available. Also would suggest you consider stadium 2. Often get to see a top player and tickets are cheaper and food/drink options are more convenient.
 

jlin17

New User
I would highly recommend waiting for February or even early March. In past years more tickets have become available. Also would suggest you consider stadium 2. Often get to see a top player and tickets are cheaper and food/drink options are more convenient.
Got it. Appreciate it!


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jlin17

New User
I would highly recommend waiting for February or even early March. In past years more tickets have become available. Also would suggest you consider stadium 2. Often get to see a top player and tickets are cheaper and food/drink options are more convenient.
Could u also share any tips on parking plz? looked up a bit online, seems like the 25$ general parking is worth it, otherwise i guess have to walk too far if park on the street in a random place. thx
 

socalmd123

Semi-Pro
Could u also share any tips on parking plz? looked up a bit online, seems like the 25$ general parking is worth it, otherwise i guess have to walk too far if park on the street in a random place. thx
I've just ponied up the 25 bucks every year. Some hotels have a shuttle which is nice. I know for sure Hyatt Indian Wells has shuttle. Depending where u are at if may be cheaper to Uber. I just pay the 25 as price of doing business. I don't see a lot of places you could park without paying unless it would be a very long walk.
 

ChaelAZ

Legend
Does anyone know if the courts at La Quinta High School are open to the public ? Looks like they have 8 courts there, we could have a TW meetup.

We tried there a few years back and were told we had to request to use them. So not even sure what that means. I had family that was managing one of the close country clubs and i was able to get courts there, but they just moved to Napa unfortunately. There are some public park courts up by the mountains, though I don't remember where. The courts at Indian Wells Resort where I stay often are usually open, but probably not going to foot the $$$ for that this year.
 

etd

Rookie
Hi everyone,
I would like to have some input on the Indian wells tournament. I will be visiting for the first time from Chicago, hence need some information in general.
1. Is it possible to watch practice matches before the event, like the US OPEN and get close to players? It would be great to get some pics with Novak , Roger, Rafa (This might sound like a dream come true!) before the event starts
2. After the event starts, which days are good, the first few days, or the semifinals and finals? I would like to watch good players, at the same time pretty close to the court. Are there grounds pass similar to US open?
3. What are the best places to stay on a budget? I will be traveling alone, so just need a place to crash in. Couchsurfing, airbnb?
4. Are there some fun events for the fans like player-fan interaction, serve speed analysis etc?
5. How is your overall experience with the tournament? Is better than Miami and cincinnati?

Hi,

I attended Indian Wells in 2015 and 2016. I attended Miami in 2017 and 2019. Based on my work schedule, it looks like I might go back to Indian Wells in 2020.

I have also attended the US Open every year since 2010.

So I will try to answer your questions as best I can.

1. Is it possible to watch practice matches before the event, like the US OPEN and get close to players? It would be great to get some pics with Novak , Roger, Rafa (This might sound like a dream come true!) before the event starts

Indian Wells is the best tournament to watch practice. It is because of Indian Wells that Miami and the US Open had to improve their practice courts.


2. After the event starts, which days are good, the first few days, or the semifinals and finals? I would like to watch good players, at the same time pretty close to the court. Are there grounds pass similar to US open?

In general, I try to attend around the 2nd Round at every tournament. I go for 2 consecutive days so I can see both sides of the draw. Indian Wells is like Miami ... the top seeds do get a first round bye. So for Indian Wells and Miami, I go the first Friday and Saturday. For Indian Wells, this would be Friday March 13 and Saturday March 14. Note that there is a big difference in ticket price and availability between these 2 days with Saturday being more expensive.

Yes, there are reasonably priced Ground Passes available. You wouldn't be able to get into Stadium 1, but you will be able to get into all of the other ones.


3. What are the best places to stay on a budget? I will be traveling alone, so just need a place to crash in. Couchsurfing, airbnb?

This is where Indian Wells has problems. They just do not have the amount of hotel space that you would find for Miami or the US Open. It is harder and more expensive to get a hotel room for Indian Wells than for Miami or the US Open.


4. Are there some fun events for the fans like player-fan interaction, serve speed analysis etc?

I typically don't stop by these types of things often. Tennis Warehouse has a great pro shop there where they do have autograph sessions and a demo court to try new racquets.

Fun events for the fans are done best by the US Open.


5. How is your overall experience with the tournament? Is better than Miami and cincinnati?

Indian Wells is a really good tournament to attend. You'll get to see a lot of top players. You will also get to see top singles players play doubles which they would not normally do at a Grand Slam. And the fans are Indian Wells are great - they do love their tennis.

That being said, here are a couple of things you should keep in mind...

Rain is not a problem at Indian Wells like it is in Miami, but the heat is. I was lucky in 2016 that the weather was great (high 70s, low 80s). However, in 2015, the weather was very hot (mid 90s) which made watching tennis very difficult at times. Keep in mind there are no shaded overhangs in Stadium 1 (you will have to rely on the rule on choosing seats from South to West). The only place you are guaranteed shade is in Stadium 2 if you sit on the first floor under a overhang.

Indian Wells is a place to focus on tennis (and you will see some great tennis). Not much to do otherwise. You don't have the benefit of having a big city like Miami or New York nearby for dining and entertainment.


Hope this helps.
 

2ndServe

Hall of Fame
Tips

the sun is brutal during the day bring a big hat and sunscreen

bring a seat cushion

even if it's 90 degrees during the day, bring a jacket and pants, it gets Cold during the night session or even when the sun goes down

if you want to watch the big names play doubles or when 2 popular players play on the smaller courts, you have to watch the match whatever lame match is before that to get your seat, trust me on this or else you're going to miss your fav player
 
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r2473

G.O.A.T.
I think the sweet spot will be from March 11-March 16th honestly. Take a look at the schedule here:
I think the best day is round of 16 (Wednesday). You can see 5 of 8 of those matches with your $50 GA pass (you won’t see the big 3; they’ll be on the main court which you can’t access with a GA pass).
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
Could u also share any tips on parking plz? looked up a bit online, seems like the 25$ general parking is worth it, otherwise i guess have to walk too far if park on the street in a random place. thx
Street parking in the nearby neighborhoods is restricted to residents only during the tournament so you’ll have to pay for parking if you choose to drive.
 

norcal

Hall of Fame
Wow that does suck, people are going to be pissed. No food or drinks (1 water bottle, unfrozen). I always bring a couple frozen waters and they thaw throughout the day and cool me off. Now you're stuck with room temp tap refill or stand in line for rip off bottled water. I've seen families bring entire meals in, guess it's starve or spend a lot.
Clear backpacks are cheap enough (8.99 on Amazon), the only part that bothers me is no frozen water and no fruit/snacks.
The cynical part of me thinks this has nothing to do with safety, everything to do with forcing you to buy overpriced food/drinks.
 

tavarua

New User
Street parking in the nearby neighborhoods is restricted to residents only during the tournament so you’ll have to pay for parking if you choose to drive.
Audis park for free, and right up front! So if you have an Audi, you need to advise them when you purchase your tickets in order to get the pass. We forgot to get the pass last year, but we did some quick talking and they let us park upfront for free. Only bummer is, you have to drive the Audi! Ha!
 
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