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    Seems like participation of singles players in the doubles tournaments is highest here, what’s the deal?



    I’m not sure, but some things I’ve seen thrown around are:

    1. Money – Top ranked players get starting money at Indian Wells
    2. Tradition – Seeing other greats play, prompts players to continue.
    3. Early in the Season – Players are warming up for the year.

    I think money and tradition make the most sense, since doubles doesn’t really help sharpen singles skills.

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