Indian Wells, the 1,000 Masters of the golden retirement of millionaires from Palm Springs (California), returns after two years of hiatus due to the pandemic. Without the Big Three (Nadal, Federer and Djokovic). Without Serena Williams or Asleigh Barty. And in it, Carlos Alcaraz (18 years old) takes another step in his fledgling and promising career. It debuts as seeded in a tournament of this category (30th and 38th in the ATP ranking), thanks to his quarterfinals at the US Open, which is why he is excluded from the first round and will make his debut directly in the second round towards the weekend … before the winner of the Adrian Manarino-Andy Murray. All a Grand Slam winner and former number one can be in front in his premiere. The third round is not easy either, as he could meet Alexander Zverev.
The Murcian has also signed up for the doubles draw with Pablo Carreño, which may give clues about his likely presence in the Davis Cup Finals in Madrid (from November 22). Roberto Bautista has also signed up with Alejandro Davidovich. With the absence of Nadal, the four have all the ballots to be in the appointment in which they defend their title.
For its part, Garbiñe Muguruza, who has just won the WTA 500 in Chicago, will face Alja Tomjanovic in the second round or a player from the previous one.
OTHER SPANISH CROSSES
Pablo Carreño vs Facundo Bagnis or previous
Roberto Bautista vs Guido Pella or Soonwoo Kwon
Carlos Taberner vs Jaume Munar
Feliciano Lopez vs Tommy Paul
Alejandro Davidovich vs Stevie Johnson
Pablo Andújar vs previous
Pedro Martínez vs previous
Roberto Carballés vs previous
Albert Ramos vs Lorenzo Musetti
Paula Badosa vs Dayana Yastremska or Elsa Jacquemot
Sara Sorribes vs Claire Liu or previous
Nuria Párrizas vs Lauren Davis