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Indian Wells tennis just keeps getting bigger

Indian Wells tennis just keeps getting bigger

The prestigious, ever-growing, we-try-harder tennis tournament at Indian Wells will, once again, have new offerings when it opens main draw play in the Southern California desert Wednesday. The BNP Paribas Open will hand out $10,762,466 in prize money, $5,381,233 to both the men's and women's draw, with $900,000 going to each champion. It has also expanded seating by 3,625 on the grounds, making a daily sellout now 45,110. Attendance at this event, which has become sort of a symbolic fifth major in tennis, now annually reaches levels approaching those events that drive the bus in the sport — the Australian, French and U.S. Opens and Wimbledon. BNP Paribas attendance was...