Why Do Indian Wells And Miami Masters Have 96-Player Draw?

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There are 9 ATP Masters tournaments on the men’s tour (sometimes called ATP Masters 1000). Most Masters tournaments have a 56-player draw, except Indian Wells and Miami. Indian Wells and Miami have a 96-player draw. Paris Masters and Canadian Open have a 48-player draw.

Tournament Name Country Began Surface Draw Size
Indian Wells Masters  United States 1987 Hard 96
Miami Open  United States 1985 Hard 96
Monte-Carlo Masters  Monaco 1897 Clay 56
Madrid Open  Spain 2002 Clay 56
Italian Open  Italy 1930 Clay 56
Canadian Open  Canada 1881 Hard 48
Cincinnati Masters  United States 1899 Hard 56
Shanghai Masters  China 2009 Hard 56
Paris Masters  France 1969 Hard (indoor) 48

Indian Wells and Miami Masters have a bigger draw because they are one-and-half week tournaments whereas the other Masters tournaments are one-week events. The 96 players in Indian Wells and Miami are placed in a 128-player draw. The 32 seeded players get a bye in the first round and don’t play until the first weekend.

Indian Wells and Miami Masters are called the “Sunshine Double” and they are played back-to-back over four weeks in March. Both men’s and women’s events are held at the same time at these two tournaments. Indian Wells is sometimes known as the “Fifth Grand Slam”.

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