Rafael Nadal is very impressed with the works that have been done by Mr. Larry Ellison in the recent years to improve the quality of the Indian Wells Tennis tournament.
Ellison became the owner of the competition about 6 years back and since then, he has turned it into one of the best on the tour.
If there is a competition which is talked about the most these days after the Slams, it’s the Indian Wells and most of the credit has got to be taken by Ellison for that.
Every season, he has looked to make the competition more and more interesting. The kind of technology that he has come up with and also, the facilities for the players, it’s nothing short of awesome.
It might not be an official major, but, all the top players play in it and not only do they play; they take it in high regard and try and win it. It has no longer remained a warm up event for anyone.
Yesterday, talking about the improvements in Indian Wells, Nadal said, “It’s wonderful to see what Larry has been able to do. I don’t think anyone else would have made such a lot of difference over such a short period of time. He has got to be given total praise for that.”
“This tournament always brings new innovations. The advancement that you see in technology here and also the practice facilities; you can have no complaints as a player, that’s for sure”
When asked about the importance of the Indian Wells tournament, “It’s immensely important. If you perform poorly here, you are going to suffer in the rankings. Also, it’s played at such a crucial time. You can’t afford a slip up. It can set you up nicely for the clay court.”