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Indian Wells Seeks New tournament Status



The main court at the Indian Wells Tennis Center in Indian Wells, California.

It has been known as ‘the fifth Grand Slam’ and now the organizers of the BNP Paribas Open are hoping that their tournament will one day be ungraded to a new category.


The Indian Wells tournament, which consists of 96 main draw players in both the men’s and women’s sections, has been in discussion with the ATP about upgrading the men’s tournament to a ‘Super Masters‘ event. Tournament director, Ray Moore, spoke to journalist Carole Bouchard about his recent meeting with the ATP.

We talked to the ATP about that too. We’re very interested in having a different category so we can have more points and more prize money for the players.” Moore said in an interview with Bouchard.

It is hoped that the tournament will be classed higher than a Masters event, but still below the four traditional Grand Slam tournaments. Indian Wells has been a highly successful tournament in recent time, with a 2015 attendance of 456,672 visitors. The venue also has the fifth biggest tennis stadium in the world, with a capacity of 16,100.

The Californian tournament isn’t the only venue dreaming of a bigger status in the world of tennis. In 2015 the organizers of the Shanghai Masters also expressed their desire in one day becoming a ‘Super Masters’ tournament. The Chinese tournament is hosted at the Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena in the autumn and has been a Masters 1000 event since 2009.

“We would like to become a male Grand Slam, a celebration of men’s tennis. With a larger prize pool, higher number of points, a category that would not compete with the Grand Slam tournaments but would work with them. You can not buy a place in the Grand Slam tournaments, they are the traditional, we are not trying to become the 5th Major but we want to create a new identity”. Tournament director Michael A. Luevano said in 2015.

Both Indian Wells and Shanghai have admitted that it is unlikely that their status will change before 2018, however, they are hopeful for a new promotion in 2019.

Current Masters Tournament structure

There are currently nine tournaments in the ATP  Calendar which has a ‘Masters 1000’ status. The 1000 means that the winner of those tournaments will receive 1000 ranking points. It is currently the third highest tournament category in the men’s game after the ATP World Tour Finals and the four Grand Slam tournaments. The tournaments currently categorized as a Masters 1000 event are the following:-

Indian Wells Masters, California (Hardcourt)
Miami Open, USA (HardCourt)
Monte-Carlo Masters, France (Clay)
Madrid Masters, Spain (Clay)
Rome Masters, Italy (Clay)
Canadian Open, Toronto (Hardcourt)
Cincinnati Masters, USA (Hardcourt)
Shanghai Masters, China (Hardcourt)
Paris Masters, France (Hardcourt)

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‘Why Don’t You Like Him?’ – Stefanos Tsitsipas Quizzed Over Rivalry With Fellow Player

It can be safe to say that these two players will not be teaming up to play in the doubles any time soon.



LONDON: ‘We would not go to dinner together’ was a phrase used by Greek sensation Stefanos Tsitsipas when addressing his rivalry with Daniil Medvedev on Monday.


The 21-year-old scored his first win over the Russian on his sixth attempt. A historic occasion for Tsitsipas, who is the first Greek to qualify for the ATP Finals. However, the talk after wasn’t so much about the match. It was about his somewhat fiery relationship with Medvedev that is highlighted by one particular incident.

During the 2018 Miami Open, the umpire had to step in after the conclusion of their match. Both were frustrated with each other for taking long toilet breaks. Medvedev took his at the end of the second set and Tsitsipas took his midway through the decider. On top of that, there was also a dispute over a net point. At the end of their match, Medvedev called his rival ‘a small kid who doesn’t know how to fight.’

“I did get pissed and said what I said, which I do regret, but at the time I was very frustrated that things happened this way.” Tsitsipas recounted.
“I completely forgot about the past. I mean, our chemistry definitely isn’t the best that you can find on the tour. It just happens with people that it’s not that you can just like everyone.”

Since then there has been little improvement in relations. During the Shanghai Masters in October, Tsitsipas took a swipe at what he described as a ‘boring’ style of play from his opponent. Prompting another jibe from Medvedev.

Based on the comments, it appears that neither players are fond of each other. But can it be described as hatred between the two? If you ask Tsitsipas, his answer is a resounding no.

“It’s not that I hate him. I guess as he said, we will not go to dinner together, so…” The Greek explained.
“I respect him, for sure. That’s because he had a long way to come where he is right now. He’s a Grand Slam finalist, so that takes a lot of respect from me to him.”

Despite the diplomatic response, there is no doubt that the camp of the world No.6 is delighted with his latest victory in what had been a one-sided rivalry until now.

“It means more than extra. It’s a victory that I craved for a long time now, and it’s great that I came in at this moment.” Tsitsipas concludes.
“He’s a tough player. He’s a very difficult player to face. He’s not giving you an easy time when you’re out on the court. So it definitely means a lot.”

It is not impossible that the two could face each other again later this week if they both reach the final. Although that will be a tough task given both Rafael Nadal and Alexander Zverev are also in their group.

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(VIDEO) Thiem Shocks Federer on Opening Day at the 2019 Nitto ATP Finals

A video recap from the O2 Arena in London. Djokovic loses just three games to Berrettini but it’s Thiem’s straight-set win to Federer that makes the headlines



Roger Federer and Dominic Thiem at the 2019 Nitto ATP Finals (photo Roberto Zanettin)

Chief Editor Ubaldo Scanagatta comments on the first two singles matches of the 2019 Nitto ATP Finals. Novak Djokovic started his quest for his record-tying sixth ATP Finals title with a comprehensive victory over Italian debutant Matteo Berrettini. Dominic Thiem advance to 3-0 in the year against Roger Federer who is not faced with the prospect of defeating Berrettini and Djokovic to advance to the semifinals.


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Lukas Kubot and Marcelo Melo come back from one set down to beat Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek



Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo came back from one set down to beat Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek 4-6 6-4 10-5 in one hour and 40 minutes at the Nitto ATP Finals at the O2 Finals in London. Kubot and Melo moved to 1-0 in the Group Jonas Bjorkman.


The Polish and Brazilian team join Michael Venus and and Raven Klaasen at the top of the Group Bjorkman with a 1-0 lead.

Dodig and Polasek rallied from 3-4 down by winning three consecutive games to claim the opening set 6-4. Kubot and Melo saved a break point in the fourth game before getting the first break three games later to take a 4-3 lead.

Dodig and Polasek did not convert a break point before dropping serve, but they earned two consecutive breaks to claim the first set 6-4. Dodig and Polasek were broken in the first game of the second set and did not convert any of their two break points in the next game.

Kubot and Melo wasted four consecutive set points in the ninth game, but they served out the second set at love with a backhand passing shot down the line to force the match to the third set.

Kubot and Melo got two mini-breaks in the Match Tie-Break 10-5. Kubot hit an ace to seal the tie-break 10-5.

“It feels great to get the win. I think we played a very good match today. I think the level was high. We are very happy to play such a great set and a Match Tie-Break”,said Melo.

 In the first match of the afternoon match Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus saved four break points in his 6-3 6-4 win over Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury 6-3 6-4 in 64 minutes. Klaasen and Venus saved two break points in the opening game before breaking serve in the fourth game to open up a 3-1 lead. Klaasen claimed the break with a backhand volley after a forehand return from Venus. Klaasen and Venus sealed the opening set after 30 minutes.

Both players held serve in the first six games before Klaasen and Venus claimed the decisive break in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead after a double fault from Salisbury.

“To be the first match of the Finals is a bit nerve racking and to get off to a good start certainly puts our minds at ease for the rest of the tournament”, said Klaasen.



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