Tennis followers confirmed up in file numbers to the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on Saturday, three years after the Covid-19 pandemic pressured the cancellation of the match.
Saturday set a single-day file with greater than 61,000 complete followers on web site and total attendance is thus far monitoring with the match’s file 2019 ranges, organisers detailed on Sunday.
Crowds packed into matches, crowded round follow courts, and marvelled at a night drone present on a day the place prime seeds Carlos Alcaraz and Iga Swiatek each superior.
Organisers known as off the celebrated match within the Southern California desert simply days earlier than it was scheduled to start in 2020 because the virus started to take a grip on the United States.
It was postponed to October in 2021 earlier than returning to its common March spot on the sports activities calendar final yr.
“We couldn’t be more excited to see fans coming out to Tennis Paradise in record-setting numbers so far this year,” mentioned Philippe Dore, BNP Paribas Open chief advertising and marketing officer.
“It’s been a great first week with fans enjoying incredible tennis, beautiful weather and all of the amazing amenities here at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
“We’re looking forward a fantastic second week of action at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.”
The ATP and WTA 1000 match concludes on 19 March.