Outside the four majors this is the one everyone looks to. The best men and women are set for Indian Wells which begins next week. A concern is the Coronavirus which is present in California which last week declared a state of emergency but measures and changes have been put in place to deal with this.
You can read more on the changes to this year’s event at Indian Wells Tennis Garden below:
Indian Wells set to go ahead with changes despite California declaring a “state of emergency” following Coronavirus outbreak!
To the tennis though and there are a lot of players missing and some interesting stories set to unfold in California.
The Injured List
Juan Martin Del Potro
Some of the withdrawals are expected with Murray, Federer, Anderson and Del Potro battling injuries at different stages of recovery.
Kei Nishikori was expected back but has been delayed once again and despite being in Japan’s Davis Cup squad won’t feature.
The surprises have come lately on the women’s draw with Simona Halep withdrawing with this foot injury from Dubai, Victoria Azarenka also withdrew a few days after her first match of 2020 as she doesn’t feel match ready.
Another big loss is last years runner up Angie Kerber. The German hasn’t been seen since the Australian Open and has won 4 of her 7 this year. Angie has had an injury problem and as a result of her withdrawal with likely fall outside the top 40 in the world.
On Saturday night, Bianca Andreescu has announced that she will not be defending her title this year at Indian Wells. The Canadian has announced via Indian Wells social media platform she will not be playing and had this to say:
Who is in?
16 year old Carlos Alcaraz who performed extremely well in Rio de Janeiro on his ATP debut not long ago has confirmed he is set to play Indian Wells.
The Spaniard has received a wildcard for qualifying which begins on Monday and has likewise received one for Miami as well.
You can read more on the Spaniard’s impressive performances in Rio below:
Kim Clijsters is also returning to Tennis Paradise, Kim is a former champion at Indian Wells and will be hoping for that first win on her return to tennis.
Leylah Fernandez has hit the headlines lately with her fantastic performances in Fed Cup, Acapulco and Monterrey. The 17 year old Canadian made the quarter finals of Monterrey before losing to Svitolina but will be at a career high of top 120 on Monday.
Vera Zvonareva is back into the top 300 and has used a protected ranking to be in the main draw whilst a wildcard has also gone to Caty McNally who is set to continue her doubles run as well.
Indian Wells is the place where the best usually double up as well and it is now change this year especially in what is an Olympic year.
Who is teaming up?
Sloane Stephens & Kim Clijsters
Caty McNally & Coco Gauff
Stan Wawrinka & Alex Zverev
David Goffin & Diego Schwartzman
Grigor Dimitrov & Dominic Thiem
Felix Auger-Aliassime & Fabio Fognini
Karen Khachanov & Andrey Rublev
Roberto Bautista Agut & Alex de Minaur
Novak Djokovic & Viktor Troicki
Rafael Nadal & Marc Lopez
Very intriguing teams on the mens side with the top three all in doubles action. Djokovic and Nadal looking at Olympic options as well as the Russians. De Minaur is back after 6 weeks out and Thiem and Dimitrov will bring the one-handed backhand to the front of their team!