Tennis without the Big 3: it has come the first real answer, and it was a success. An answer to this question, however, we can partially translate from a result, even a little unexpected, that came at the end of the Californian tournament.
The event, in this edition, welcomed 442,000 fans overall across its entire duration, surpassing last year’s figures and approaching the record set in 2019 of 475,000. The attendance record was set in a single day. Over 61,000.
A glimmer of hope in a sea of uncertainties in which this sport is navigating. Great merit, we add, it is desirable to attribute it to one of the rivalries that is most exciting fans, the one between Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz, who are giving great emotions and entertainment every time they meet.
This challenge promises to be one of the most heated in the future, in which the two will probably compete for the most important titles on the Tour. Tennis without the Big 3 is a question that has accompanied the discussions of professionals and fans of this sport for years.
Roger Federer’s farewell, last September, inevitably leaving an unfillable void in the hearts of his fans. To which we also add the farewell of Serena Williams, another pillar of the last twenty years. Rafael Nadal and especially Novak Djokovic, on the other hand, hold up the shot and, albeit with a few more ailments, are still extremely competitive in the most representative tournaments on the world tennis scene.
For some years, to tell the truth, we’ve been getting used to not seeing the presence of one of the two, if not both, in prestigious tournaments. The most recent case concerns the Sunshine Double, which was unable to enjoy the participation of the two phenomena for diametrically opposed reasons.
Nole was unable to participate first in Indian Wells, and then in the Florida-based tournament, due to the ban that prevented unvaccinated people from being able to enter the US state. Rafa, on the other hand, for reasons of an exclusively physical nature.
The 14-time Roland Garros champion preferred to devote himself entirely to the surface most congenial to him. The King of red clay will restart from the Monte-Carlo Masters 1000.
Federer and Serena are retired.
Rafa and Novak didn’t play.
Indian Wells still got almost 442K fans, which was near the record.