Indian Wells

Indian Wells, the choice of gigantism

Article by Vincent Cognet for L’Equipe, translated by Tennis Buzz.

Moved from La Quinta to Indian Wells in 1987, the first Masters 1000 of the season settled definitely at the Tennis Garden in March 2000. The cost rose to $ 77 million. But the tournament really took a decisive course when Larry Ellison bought it in 2009.

According to Forbes magazine the fortune of the septuagenarian, who just won the America’s Cup with Oracle, weighs a whopping $ 43 billion, which would make him the fifth richest man in the world .
Ellison has at once the space, money and ambition to realize his dream of competing with the Grand Slams and clearly establish his toy as the fifth tournament on the circuit .

Two examples suffice to give an idea of the phenomenon:
– 9 courts are now equipped with the Hawk Eye at Indian Wells Tennis Garden (against four at Wimbledon for example).
– the brand new stadium 2 (built in 10 months and 10 days for an estimated cost of more than $ 70 million) proudly announces a capacity of 8000 seats.
Taken together, the three main courts and stadium can accommodate 30,300 spectators.
To do the job properly, Ellison has also built 3 more restaurants. Officially, nothing specific is planned for 2015. But it would be extremely surprising that it stays that way.

Photo by Aitor Agirregabiria

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