Indian Wells Schedule of Play

The 3rd Major Tournament in 2010 for the women’s and the 2nd major tournament for the men’s professional tennis tour is called the Indian Wells Open. The official name is the BNP Paribas Open and it is held in Indian Wells, California, USA.

In this post we will cover how both the WTA Tour and ATP Tour ranking points and prize money are allocated, plus the schedule of play for both the men’s and women’s draws.

Ana Ivanovic is pictured above preparing to play her double-handed backhand drive. Ivanovic was the runner-up at Indian Wells in 2009 therefore she has 700 points to defend.

A lot rides on this event for the Serbian because those 700 points fall off her ranking on Monday and that was by far her best result in the past 12 months. The former world No.1 and 2008 French Open singles champion will drop to World No.58 if she loses her first match at Indian Wells.

The WTA ranking points and prize money (in US dollars), for the women’s tournament is awarded to the players in the following way:

  1. The winner earns 1,000 points + $700,000;
  2. The runner-up earns 700 points + $350,000;
  3. The two semi finalists earn 450 + $150,000;
  4. The four quarter finalists earn 250 + $64,700,
  5. The 8 players who lose in the round of 16 earn 140 + $32,000;
  6. The 16 players who lose in the 3rd round earn 80 + $18,740;
  7. The 32 players who lose in the 2nd round earn 50 + $11,150;
  8. The 32 players who lose in the 1st round earn 5 points + $7,050.

The ATP ranking points and prize money (in US dollars), for the men’s tournament is awarded to the players in the following way:

  1. The winner earns 1,000 points + $605,500;
  2. The runner-up earns 600 points + $295,500;
  3. The two semi finalists earn 360 + $148,100;
  4. The four quarter finalists earn 180 + $75,500,
  5. The 8 players who lose in the round of 16 earn 90 + $39,800;
  6. The 16 players who lose in the 3rd round earn 45 + $21,300;
  7. The 32 players who lose in the 2nd round earn 25 + $11,500;
  8. The 32 players who lose in the 1st round earn 10 points + $7,050.

The differences in how the men’s and women’s tours divide their prize money and allocate their ranking points is interesting, especially considering that the total prize money is equal for both draws.

Both tours award the winner the same amount of points i.e. 1,000 and the same amount of prize money to the 1st round losers. The women offer more ranking points for every other round i.e. the runner-up, the semis, the quarters and the 2nd, 3rd and 4th rounds. The women also award more prize money to the winner, runner-up and the semi finalists.

The men offer more points to the 1st round losers i.e. 10 ATP ranking points versus the WTA’s 5 points and more prize money to the lesser rounds i.e. quarter finals and the 2nd, 3rd and 4th rounds.

The matches are played in a day session and an evening session. From Thursday 11 March through to and including Sunday 14 March the day session begins at 11am local time. From Monday 15 March through to Friday 19 March the day session begins at 12 noon. The night session always begins at 7pm.

For the Men’s Semi finals day and the Finals day for both the women and men there are no night sessions. Play begins at 12 noon on these days.

Note: Hong Kong time is 16 hours ahead of California so a 7pm start in California on Monday 15 March will be televised at 11am Hong Kong time. Please let us know if you need any further details about at what time YOU can see it AND on what channel.

The schedule of play for the entire event at the Indian Wells Open is:

  • Monday 8 March: Women’s (WTA) Qualifying ONLY at 10am;
  • Tuesday 9/3: Women’s & Men’s (ATP) Qualifying at 10am;
  • Wednesday 10/3: WTA 1st round & ATP Qualifying at 11am;
  • Thursday 11/3: WTA & ATP 1st round;
  • Friday 12/3: WTA 2nd round & ATP 1st round;
  • Saturday 13/3: WTA & ATP 2nd round;
  • Sunday 14/3: WTA 3rd round & ATP 2nd round;
  • Monday 15 March: WTA & ATP 3rd round;
  • Tuesday 16/3: WTA round of 16 & ATP 3rd round;
  • Wednesday 17/3: WTA Quarter Finals & ATP round of 16;
  • Thursday 18/3: WTA & ATP Quarter Finals;
  • Friday 19/3: WTA Semi Finals & ATP Quarter Finals;
  • Saturday 20 March: Men’s Semi Finals at 12 noon; and
  • Sunday 21 March: The Women’s & Men’s Singles Finals at 12 noon.

Stay tuned to this tennis website for further information and results at Indian Wells throughout the tournament. Click this link for more details -> Indian Wells 2010: Mar 12-21.

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