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JSeles
Nov 10th, 2006, 01:57 AM
I am planning a 1 week trip in Indian Wells (Pacific Life) or Key Biscayne (Sony Ericsson). Which tournament is best? Which city is best? Which destination should I choose?

WIMBLY2004
Nov 10th, 2006, 02:08 AM
Sony Ericsson Open is mandatory, the field should be better than Indian Wells.

tucker1989
Nov 10th, 2006, 02:10 AM
The Miami tournament is amazing, I went there this year. Everything is so accessible and the courts and grounds are very nice. There are a lot of people, but it is not at all overwhelming. Best of all, almost all of the top players are here. It is not even a contest which you should choose in my opinion.

Lenafan
Nov 10th, 2006, 02:12 AM
Tucker is so right. Miami is awesome for many reasons. I love going there. But more importantly, the players love going there. If someone skips Miami, they are legitimately hurt. And since there is both men's and women's you got an excellent shot at seeing all the top players on the women's side except for Sharapova on outside courts in early rounds. And the complex to me isn't as big as Flushing, so I saw ALL the top players practicing. Only downer was Nadal was eliminated by the time I got there and Agassi withdrew but I saw Federer, Hingis, Lena, Sharapova, Mauresmo and Kuznetsove etc. Plus there will be grounds passes easily available for the first 3 to 5 days. I plan to go Sat - Mon of the first week. I think the tournament starts on a Wednesday or something like that. No brainer for me.

RJWCapriati
Nov 10th, 2006, 02:13 AM
I would definitely go to Miami

Andrew..
Nov 10th, 2006, 02:26 AM
Indian Wells has gotten screwed hard by the WTA. It's a shame, because you can't find a better area of the country, and the facility is amazing.

Derek.
Nov 10th, 2006, 02:36 AM
Miami is awesome. :worship:

I've gone there the past two years and it's so much fun. :D

It's set up really nice and you'll see more players than in Indian Wells.

Plus there's a junior tournament there during the second week. :)

RenaSlam.
Nov 10th, 2006, 02:37 AM
Miami, for sure.

PointBlank
Nov 10th, 2006, 02:38 AM
If you want it city wise, like stuff to do besides just tournament, then Miami. Its beautiful, and the tournament always has a great field.

santhuruu
Nov 10th, 2006, 06:15 AM
Miami!!!

PLP
Nov 10th, 2006, 06:20 AM
I am planning a 1 week trip in Indian Wells (Pacific Life) or Key Biscayne (Sony Ericsson). Which tournament is best? Which city is best? Which destination should I choose?

Well the field should be almost as good at IW and I love that area of Cali, much more than hot sticky Florida :crazy: but I know I am in the minority...

Are there specific players you want to see?? You might want to check their schedules', though anything can happen with injury...Martina, Lindsay, and Maria will almost definitely be there :)

Sally Struthers
Nov 10th, 2006, 06:30 AM
if you're older and have money (spas and golf sort of lifestyle) go to IW. If you're younger go to Miami.

Lindsayfan32
Nov 10th, 2006, 08:29 AM
Sony Ericsson Open is mandatory, the field should be better than Indian Wells.

So is indian wells they are both mandatory even Lindsay has play both.

Kunal
Nov 10th, 2006, 09:13 AM
Miami sounds so much more fun

faboozadoo15
Nov 10th, 2006, 09:18 AM
miami seems about 10 times as much fun. i'd sound like a broken record if i repeated all the reasons. indian wells may be more relaxing and less frantic.

Ben.
Nov 10th, 2006, 09:20 AM
Miami has a better field but indian wells wouldn't be that bad. i'd say miami!

Jeff
Nov 10th, 2006, 09:42 AM
if you're older and have money (spas and golf sort of lifestyle) go to IW. If you're younger go to Miami.

Perfect answer. If you could go to both, well both are great i'm sure, but Indian Wells is more of a getaway for rich or retired seniors. The tournament, in my opinion, is great. The location is beatiful and the weather is "usually" perfect...i say usually, since this year it happened to rain when it rarely rains.

But if you are younger, I know that Miami is a much better vacation if you are younger. You could always drive to L.A. in california, but that is two hours away.

JSeles
Nov 11th, 2006, 12:43 AM
wow! I thought it would be more like 50/50 but almost everyone seems to vote for Miami! And I like that you can see many players practice. I usually take hundreds of pictures of tennis players during tournaments so I guess Key Biscayne is a good choice... I hope there are no rules against 300mm lenses...

For those of you who already attented the tournament, which hotel should I choose? I know there are some vacation packages on the official website (sonyericssonopen.com). There is no way I'm going to stay at the Ritz-Carlton but the Biscayne Bay Marriott and the Hyatt look OK to me. In fact, if I could find even better deals, it would be great. But I don't want to be too far from the event. Any suggestions?

WIMBLY2004
Nov 11th, 2006, 12:48 AM
So is indian wells they are both mandatory even Lindsay has play both.

Really? I thought WTA just changed Miami to mandatory this year, both are mandatory in ATP though.

urklerlay
Nov 11th, 2006, 01:55 AM
I've gone to IW the last couple of years and it is alot of fun. You have plenty of access to the practice courts also.

I've thought about going to Miami, but more $$$ as far as flight (I live in CA) and I would tend to think lodging would be more money too.

To be honest, not a lot to do in Palm Springs. We usually go 3 days and here is our typical schedule:

get up and go to breakfast
go to IW
leave and head back to condo
go play tennis
go eat dinner
go to casino (they some of the indian gaming casinos in Palm Springs)

repeat next day.

tucker1989
Nov 11th, 2006, 03:44 AM
wow! I thought it would be more like 50/50 but almost everyone seems to vote for Miami! And I like that you can see many players practice. I usually take hundreds of pictures of tennis players during tournaments so I guess Key Biscayne is a good choice... I hope there are no rules against 300mm lenses...

For those of you who already attented the tournament, which hotel should I choose? I know there are some vacation packages on the official website (sonyericssonopen.com). There is no way I'm going to stay at the Ritz-Carlton but the Biscayne Bay Marriott and the Hyatt look OK to me. In fact, if I could find even better deals, it would be great. But I don't want to be too far from the event. Any suggestions?

I stayed at the Sonesta beach resort and it was amazing; there were so many players staying there. I ate in the same room as Martina Hingis, Martina Navratilova, and Justine Henin-Hardenne. I played on the court next to Shaughnessy, Myskina, and Dementieva practicing. I saw other players there too: Billie Jean King, Richard Gasquet, Jennifer Capriati, Lisa Raymond, Cara Black, Jennifer Magley, and others. The hotel was nice but low-key. I am so sad to tell you that they tore it down this summer. :sad: I would choose whichever hotel suits you the best, the only thing that I would make sure of is that it has a shuttle service to the tournament. This is a huge thing because parking at the site is hell and you don't have to worry about not having a ride home. I hope that this was somewhat helpful. BTW I went last year from Thursday night through Sunday night of the first week.

Kuilli
Nov 11th, 2006, 03:50 AM
IW is a nice tournament, and I really liked the tennis center there. I haven't been to Miami tournament, but I would choose Miami over IW, especially if you want to do other things besides watching tennis. :)

MrSerenaWilliams
Nov 11th, 2006, 07:58 AM
I live near IW, and it's a great tourney. I actually played a HS tournament match on stadium court, and the grounds are DREAMY! Miami is a MUCH better city if you're younger, but the IW atmosphere is really nice as well. It just depends. If you're a WS fan, the answer is CLEAR, and I think Miami is a bit more presitigious too. But, they're both great choices. I would pick the least expensive one.