Tennis’ version of spring break is almost here with the marquee BNP Paribas Open and Miami Open set to take over the month of March beginning next week. This week’s ATP event in Acapulco and Dubai are giving us a good sneak peek at what to expect, but here 5 things to look forward to in Indian Wells on the men’s side.
After an exciting Australian Open, tennis fans have been itching to see Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer Andy Murray, and Rafael Nadal together again at the same tournament. They won’t have to wait much longer. All four are playing this week and appear rested and rejuvenated for the U.S. hard court swing
Grigor Dimitrov has made a big statement to the rest of his peers since the start of 2017. The talented Bulgarian is an impressive 16-2 since the start of the year, including a pair of titles. He’ll be relishing the opportunity to get back to one of the biggest stages in tennis and show that he’s ready to breakthrough and perhaps win his first Masters 1000 crown.
Really, the above sub-headline could be left alone and that would be enough, but not only is Juan Martin Del Potro back, he and his massive forehand are also a big threat to the field again. He skipped the Australian Open so that he could recharge and be ready for these spring events. Plus, the tennis world is a better place with him around.
In 2016, only Novak Djokovic stood between Milos Raonic and the Indian Wells title. Can Milos reach his second straight final? The conditions in the desert are certainly favourable for him, but after being forced to withdraw from the Delray Beach final on the weekend because of a hamstring injury, the biggest question surrounding our top Canadian is how his body will hold up. If he’s healthy, anything is possible.
Tommy Haas may be on his farewell tour, but the German will take on a different kind of role in Indian Wells. He was hired as Tournament Director while still being active on Tour, which is rather unprecedented. Can he give himself a wildcard? We’ll see J
TSN will have wall-to-wall coverage of Indian Wells starting March 9.