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Grunting On Men's Side Of Tennis Garnering Attention After Andy Murray's Complaints
Published March 15, 2013
HEAVY HITTERS: In L.A., Bill Dwyre reports there "was a crowd of 16,100 -- maybe more if they squeezed over a seat or two" -- at Indian Wells Tennis Garden on Thursday for Rafael Nadal's quarterfinal win over Roger Federer. When the match began shortly before 7:00pm PT, there "were perhaps 100 empty seats scattered about." By the first player changeover at 2-1, the "stragglers had arrived." The match was "only the fifth time they had played each other in the United States" (L.A. TIMES, 3/15). TENNIS.com's Peter Bodo wrote while many call for a fifth major, fans "already have one" in the Indian Wells event. The tournament "may not meet all the requirements of a major, but every one of those shortcomings (beginning with the 10-day format and the byes in the draw) are an easy fix." The main stadium is the "second largest dedicated tennis stadium in the world." The site "covers over 50 acres, and the tournament this year is sure to surpass its attendance record of 370,000." Meanwhile, tournament Owner Larry Ellison is "utterly dedicated to continuing the spectacular growth rate established by the original owners of the event" (TENNIS.com, 3/14).