Indian Wells 2023: When is it, who is competing and what is the prize money?
The BNP Paribas Open Indian Wells 2023 is on the horizon, as the players are headed to the desert for the first half of the sunshine double.
Within tennis, Indian Wells is affectionately regarded as ‘the fifth Grand Slam’ due it’s size and prestige, so it’s an event that will always cause plenty of excitement.
Join Tennishead as we tell you everything you need to know ahead of the tournament.
When is Indian Wells 2023?
The main draw of the 2023 edition of Indian Wells, or the BNP Paribas Open as it is also known, will take place from Wednesday 8th March, with the tournament coming to a close on Sunday 19th March.
Day session matches are set to start at 7pm UK time (11am local time), with night sessions getting underway at 2am UK time (6pm local time).
Before the main draw start, the Eisenhower Cup, which is a charity exhibition event, will take place on Stadium 2 on Tuesday 7th March.
This year the ‘Tie Break Tens’ competition will feature eight mixed doubles teams, including Emma Raducanu and Cameron Norrie.
Players competing at Indian Wells 2023
The Indian Wells singles events comprise of a 96-player draw, for both men and women.
Like Grand Slams, there are 32 seeds, however all of the seeds receive a bye to the second round at Indian Wells.
Novak Djokovic stands as top seed in the men’s draw, however his participation is currently up in the air due to his vaccination status.
Unvaccinated foreigners are currently unable to enter the US, however Djokovic confirmed that he applied for a ‘special permit’ and is awaiting the outcome of his application.
The 2019 champion Dominic Thiem has received a wildcard for the event, as he returns to the desert for the first time since lifting the title.
Here are the full list of men’s seeds for Indian Wells 2023:
|Seed||Name||Current Ranking||Entry Ranking|
|16||Pablo Carreno Busta||17||15|
|19||Alex de Minaur||22||25|
|23||Roberto Bautista Agut||27||24|
|25||Alejandro Davidovich Fokina||29||32|
|29||Botic van de Zandschulp||33||35|
Meanwhile, Iga Swiatek headlines the women’s field as she looks to retain her title, but will face tough competition from Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka amongst others.
Hear her roar 🗣@iga_swiatek claims her first Indian Wells title, defeating Sakkari 6-4, 6-1#IndianWells pic.twitter.com/eLkPuXomeC
— BNP Paribas Open (@BNPPARIBASOPEN) March 20, 2022
Emma Raducanu received a wildcard for the event, but has since achieved direct entry so will no longer need that privilege.
Here are the full list of women’s seeds for Indian Wells 2023:
|Seed||Name||Seeding Ranking||Entry Ranking|
|13||Beatriz Haddad Maia||13||14|
Last year’s winners
Californian Taylor Fritz became the first American man to win the Indian Wells singles title since Andre Agassi last year after beating Rafael Nadal in the final.
Here is the full list of Indian Wells champions from 2022:
- Men’s singles – Taylor Fritz (USA)
- Women’s singles – Iga Swiatek (POL)
- Men’s doubles – John Isner (USA) & Jack Sock (USA)
- Women’s doubles – Xu Yifan (CHN) & Yang Zhaoxuan (CHN)
Where is Indian Wells 2023 held?
The Indian Wells Tennis Garden is located near Palm Springs, California. The grounds host 29 hard courts, including the second largest tennis-specific stadium in the world with a capacity of 16,100.
Where to watch Indian Wells 2023?
Indian Wells is exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in the United Kingdom.
Ranking points and prize money breakdown
|Round||ATP Points||WTA Points||Prize Money|
|Winner||1000 points||1000 points||$1,262,220|
|Finalist||600 points||650 points||$662,360|
|Semi-finalists||360 points||390 points||$352,635|
|Quarter-finalists||180 points||215 points||$184,465|
|4th round||90 points||120 points||$96,955|
|3rd round||45 points||65 points||$55,770|
|2nd round||25 points||35 points||$30,885|
|1st round||10 points||10 points||$18,660|
Can I purchase tickets for Indian Wells 2023?
Buy tickets for Indian Wells 2023 via the tournament website.
How can I follow Indian Wells 2023?
Keep up to date with the Indian Wells 2023 on the official tournament website and the official tournament Twitter.
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