March 2, 2001


Indian Wells Tennis Action Gets Underway Monday

Lindsay Davenport of Newport Beach and Alex Corretja of Barcelona, Spain will return to Indian Wells to defend their respective titles at the 2001 Tennis Master Series Indian Wells presented by Newsweek.

The women's tournament will start with qualifying Monday and Tuesday with the 96-player main draw set to start on Wednesday. The finals will take place on Saturday, March 17.

The men's tournament will open with qualifying on March 10-11 with the 64-player main draw scheduled to being on March 12. The men's final is set for Sunday, March 18.

The tournament is played at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, a 189-acre tennis complex located in Riverside County's Coachella Valley. The tennis garden features a 16,100-seat main stadium, which is the second-largest tennis stadium in the world.

The complex also features two smaller stadium courts with a combined seating capacity of 11,000, as well as 11 other championship courts.

"Fans will again be treated to exciting, competitive tennis," said Charlie Pasarell, tournament director.  "From veteran champions like Monica Seles, Lindsay Davenport, Pete Sampras, and Andre Agassi to the younger stars like the Williams sisters (Venus and Serena), Martina Hingis, Marat Safin, Lleyton Hewitt and "Guga" (Gustavo Kuerten)."

Most of the top men's and women's stars are set to return to Indian Wells.  Last year, Davenport reclaimed the wo-men's title with a hard-fought 4-6, 6-4, 6-0 victory over Hingis in the women's final. 

  The men's tournament last year featured many exciting matches as Spaniard Alex Corretja claimed his second Tennis Masters Series crown, defeating Thomas Enqvist, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 in a spirited final. 

Matches begin daily at 10 a.m., with evening sessions also held on Monday, March 12 through Friday, March 16 (6:30 p.m. on Monday, 6:p.m. the remainder of the week).  Matches on the final weekend start at 11:30 a.m.

Tickets for all sessions, as well as special packages and discounts, are available through the tournament Box Office, by telephone at (800) 999-1585 or online at www.mastersseries.com/indianwells.

Tickets range from $5 to $60 for individual seats, with free admission to qualifying matches on Monday and Tuesday. Discounts for senior citizens, students, USTA members, and the military are offered in person at the box office. 

  A total of over 26 hours of The Tennis Masters Series Indian Wells will be televised on ESPN and ESPN2, including more than 20 hours of live coverage. Please check your local listings.

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