Indian Wells Masters
The Indian Wells Masters is an annual tennis tournament in Indian Wells, California (USA) will be held. It is the first tournament of Category ATP World Tour Masters 1000 on the men's tour annually. Since 1996, it is simultaneously discharged with the ladies tournament at the same place and has become the last few years with 96 players in the individual competition with one of the biggest events on the ATP World Tour; only the Masters tournament in Miami has an equally large field. These two tournaments are also the only ATP tournaments that take longer than a week because of the size of the field and are therefore after the four Grand Slam tournaments, the biggest tennis events in the world. Currently, the tournament will be held in March each year.
The official sponsors of the tournament name is currently BNP Paribas Open. Previous names have included Newsweek Champions Cup Pilot Pen Classic, Congoleum Classic and Pacific Life Open. Prior to 1987, the tournament was not held in Indian Wells, but in other California cities: La Quinta, Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs and Tucson in Arizona. The current venue, the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, one of the largest tennis facilities in the world, the center court has a capacity of 16,100 spectators.
Record winner with four titles, Roger Federer. With three titles, Rafael Nadal, Jimmy Connors follow (though the tournament was not then held in Indian Wells ) and Michael Chang. The Indian Wells Masters is held just before the Miami Masters, so it is considered a special performance to win both tournaments in a row. This was so far seven players: Jim Courier (1991 ), Michael Chang ( 1992), Pete Sampras (1994 ), Marcelo Rios ( 1998), Andre Agassi (2001), Roger Federer (2005 & 2006) and Novak Djokovic (2011 ); double this succeeded the " Woodies " Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde in 1996, Wayne Black and Sandon Stolle in 1999 and Mark Knowles and Daniel Nestor in 2002.