By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Wednesday October 6, 2021
Circumstances on the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells are all the time distinctive, due to the dry desert air, which tends to make balls fly via the air and take depraved bounces off the courtroom. However what can gamers count on in 2021, with the event going down in October, when temperatures could be even hotter than they’re in March?
It’s not straightforward to say, however will probably be one thing to regulate with primary draw play beginning for the ladies on Wednesday and for the boys on Thursday.
Wild card Andy Murray, making his first look within the Californa desert since 2017, believes that the balls are heavier than they’ve been up to now, and he’s excellent with that.
“The situations have modified a bit this yr,” he mentioned. “Not within the pace of the courtroom and the air and every little thing, that is stayed the identical. Earlier than the balls that we used to make use of right here had been extraordinarily gentle and mixed with the very gentle air I all the time – in recent times I did have some good wins right here, it isn’t like I performed badly yearly – however general I have been fairly inconsistent right here and struggled with that, however the balls listed here are getting a lot heavier, which I actually like, I all the time fairly like taking part in gradual balls in quick situations, so it is really fairly completely different, I am discovering it so much simpler to manage the ball right here compared to different years, yeah, I form of want it had been like that in earlier years.”
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Poland’s Iga Swiatek, who will make her primary draw debut this yr, additionally believes that heavier balls will make a distinction, in addition to the warmth.
“I am getting back from Europe when it is already nearly winter, so that is going to be most likely one of many challenges,” she mentioned, “but additionally I’ve a bye right here in singles so I am going to have the ability to have extra time to organize.”
Like Murray, Swiatek says heavy balls additionally go well with her sport properly.
“I do not know if I would like many changes as a result of I actually like this floor, I actually just like the balls, so it isn’t just like the US Open the place you could not management it as a result of the balls had been so gentle, right here the situations on courtroom, I like them, so I simply hope I am going to have the ability to play my stable sport due to that.”
Spain’s Garbiñe Muguruza isn’t too apprehensive concerning the balls, or the warmth, she’s simply joyful to be again in “Tennis Paradise.” The Spaniard says it was good for her to remain in america after the US Open. She gained the title at Chicago final week, and says that being again at Indian Wells, the place she owns a 12-7 document and is a two-time quarterfinalist, is ideal for proper now.
“I really feel it is very refreshing to have this event now,” she mentioned. “As a result of at different instances we often should have longer swings and journey to completely different locations. In my case I simply stretched the US Open collection till right here, and never having to return to Europe and return to Asia, I simply stayed right here, it does not really feel bizarre however I am excited as a result of it feels recent to have this event.”
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Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic, a semifinalist on her final look at Indian Wells, thinks the courts are taking part in slower than they used to. She believes it’s going to assist her sport.
“Normally I actually just like the situations right here, all the time, that did not change this yr, I like that it is flying a little bit bit extra, after all you want a few days to get used to this, however for positive I discover the courts a little bit bit slower than they had been, earlier than, a few years in the past and possibly the final years,” she mentioned, including: “Additionally the large think about that is the balls, it’s all the time relying on how the balls are in the event that they actually get massive and in the event that they fly so much if it is new balls and issues like this, so it is positively you want a number of days to get used to it however often I actually like these situations and it’s suiting me properly.”
Stefanos Tsitsipas isn’t fairly positive make sense of the balls simply but, however he does add that taking part in with the Penn balls in use by the event is completely different.
“I am unsure if the balls are the identical, just like the Laver Cup, however they’re Penn balls and we as gamers should not used to taking part in with Penn balls, I do discover them barely heavier than the unique balls that we get to play on the tour.”
Tsitsipas says that there’s one factor of the situations that favor him: the dryness of the air.
“It’s extremely dry right here, we all know that after we come right here, the situations are very dry,” he mentioned. “That’s good for me, as a result of I suppose I sweat much less, which makes for much less rest room breaks, which makes for much less complaints, so an excellent signal thus far.”