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The Indian Wells Masters currently known as the BNP Paribas Open for sponsorship reasons has been a longstanding joint ATP and WTA event belonging to the 1000 Masters series.

The event first started as an ATP event in 1974 when it was held in Tucson Arizona. It moved twice before finally settling in Indian Wells in 1987 and since 1990 the event has been part of the 1000 series. The WTA event has been going on since 1991 as it was incorporated as WTA 1000 event when the Tour adopted that name as opposed to the Premier tag of years past.

The venue is the famed Indian Wells Tennis Garden which has several courts including a 16,100-seater main court where the bigger matches are played. The event is generally held in March lasting a fortnight and is played on outdoor hard court. The is famously part of the Sunshine Double and is generally called the 5th Grand Slam due to its popularity with the players.

It generally features superb entry lists rarely missing the biggest names in tennis and the list of former champions certainly speaks to that. Past winners include tennis legends such as Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, Hewitt, Agassi, Sampras, Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Sharapova, Wozniacki and many more.

The most successful players in the event's history are Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic on the men's side with 5 wins apiece while on the women's side, several players have two (Azarenka, Sharapova, Hantuchova, Serena Williams). The Williams sisters are lacking in wins as they famously boycotted the event for over a decade after getting booed in previous appearances.

The 2023 edition saw Carlos Alcaraz win the ATP event by beating Daniil Medvedev in the final while the WTA one was won by Elena Rybakina who defeated Aryna Sabalenka in the final.

Date: 8 - 19 March
Category: ATP 1000 / WTA 1000
Surface: Hard
Location: Indian Wells, California, United States
Venue: Indian Wells Tennis Garden
Players: 96 players (ATP Entry List / WTA Entry List)
Prize Money: $8.8 million (Distribution Overview)
Points: 1000 for champion (Distribution Overview)
Draw: ATP Draw / WTA Draw
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