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Where to meet tennis personalities in Indian Wells — and other notes

Matt Zemek



Jayne Kamin-Oncea, USA TODAY Sports

We talked internally on the Tennis With An Accent Twitter direct message threads in recent days. Our staff unearthed a few places where one can expect to meet big names in tennis during the Indian Wells tournament which is about to begin in Southern California.

Start with the tournament grounds themselves. There are spacious and expansive green areas where players — especially at the start of the tournament — can often be seen playing soccer or engaging in other activities as light workouts to loosen and stretch their muscles before the coming week and a half of tennis. If you like people watching and athlete watching, the grounds are spacious but easy to navigate. You will have choices in terms of where to go, which could lead to “paralysis by analysis,” but don’t overthink your choices. Just about anywhere you go, you will make a good choice and will likely have something to cherish on your tennis trip to the California desert.

There are several big stadium courts in the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. This is not a facility where only one stadium has big-name players or a main-event atmosphere. Moreover, with Indian Wells being a non-major tournament where players get days off between most of their singles matches, this is one of the events on tour where a lot of the top singles players will join the doubles. You will be able to see top names in both the singles and doubles disciplines. If one player loses in singles, he or she might remain in the doubles draw.

We turn away from the Indian Wells Tennis Garden itself and point you to a few restaurants or pubs where players, umpires, and other luminaries might be found during the fortnight.

One place is The Beer Hunter, located just off Highway 111.

Here is a Google Maps screenshot which gives you an idea of where The Beer Hunter is, relative to the Indian Wells tournament site:

The Beer Hunter’s phone number: 760-564-7442.

Also try the Cheesecake Factory, another “magnet site” where a lot of the players (plus their entourages) and other participants in the Indian Wells tournament might be found.

The Cheesecake Factory is part of The River Mall, also known as THE RIVER at Rancho Mirage.

Phone number: 760-404-1400.

Happy hunting as you try to see how the tennis community lives and moves in Indian Wells.

Matt Zemek is the co-editor of Tennis With An Accent with Saqib Ali. Matt is the lead writer for the site and helps Saqib with the TWAA podcast, produced by Radio Influence at Matt has written professionally about men's and women's tennis since 2014 for multiple outlets: Comeback Media, FanRagSports, and independently at Patreon, where he maintains a tennis site. You can reach Matt by e-mail: You can find him on Twitter at @mzemek.

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