‘Indian Wells feels like a big thing – it’s like a Grand Slam,’ says top ATP star

Stefanos Tsitsipas has likened Indian Wells to a Grand Slam, saying ‘there is just something about it.’

Indian Wells boasts the second biggest permanent tennis stadium in the world behind Flushing Meadows’ Arthur Ashe Stadium, and it has long been known as the ‘fifth Grand Slam.’

Tsitsipas is yet to experience it fully, though, with him never going past the second round in his two appearances at the tournament so far.

Despite that, he is fully aware of how special an event is, and he says every other player knows it too.

“California is a great place for tennis with great weather and ideal conditions,” Tsitsipas said.

“When it comes to organising things for players [it is great].

“Indian Wells is known to be one of the best tennis tournaments in the world and every single player is excited to be playing here.

“It does feel like a big thing, you kind of feel the same honour at this tournament and Miami as a Slam. There is something about it.”

Tsitsipas is one of the form players this season winning 51 matches so far, but he has not played on the ATP Tour since losing in the third round of the US Open to Carlos Alcaraz.

He did, however, represent Europe at the recent Laver Cup in Boston.

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