March 09 - March 19, 2017
Businessman Larry Ellison's first-class event boasts a sizable yet prestigious field. Some pros won't make the 96-player cut because of their ranking; others will miss it due to injury. As for Tommy Haas, he won't play because of this rule: Tournament directors can't compete in their own event. "I first inquired about the role back in late 2015," said the 38-year-old, who's still active on tour. "But the timing wasn't right." The former No. 2 has a natural connection with the players, and now wants to spread his wings as part of Indian Wells' management team. "I can't wait to be out on the grounds with fans so they know how important they are to us."