Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: sailing my ship
For a premier tier one event in the US, Indian Wells has been disappointing to some because several top players either choose not to play or lost early. However, to say that Indian Wells is cursed because of the Williams sisters fiasco (which in my opinion was badly handled by Charlie Pasarelle and the crowd ought to be ashamed of themselves) is unfair to the other players remaining in the draw. Besides Hingis and Seles, there are many upcoming players who will greatly benefit (ranking points and experience) from playing at Indian Wells: Stevenson, Gagliardi, Coetzer, Raymond, Sugiyama, Hantuchova, etc. While these young ladies may not be considered the top players, they are excellent players in the own right and deserve a chance to do well and be seen by the media and tennis fans who want to see new players. While I miss the ladies that are listed in Tee Rexx's post, I am excited to get to see other players have this great opportunity. Remember, Venus, Serena, Amelia, Lindsay, Anna, Justine, Jelena, Kim and Jennifer were once up and coming players too and tier 1 events and slams were the places where we, tennis fans, got our first opportunity to see them play.