A must see: Larry Ellison’s desert tennis palace

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If you are a tennis devotee, you then know all about the four grand slam tournaments: Wimbledon and the U.S., French and Australian opens. However the BNP Paribas Open held each individual March will be the fifth most significantas well as most attended – tennis event in the entire world. And the way Oracle founder Larry Ellison and swanky Nobu landed within the business end of a tennis racket can be a tale in by itself.

It’s a tale very best instructed, actually, during this town close to Palm Springs, where by the spectacular Indian Wells Tennis Yard sits atop 88 acres of what was at the time just sand. Ellison, a tennis enthusiast, bought the area in 2009 and it has been upgrading it ever given that. Nowadays, the gleaming property holds 29 tennis courts and two stadiums. With more than 16,000 seats and 44 suites, Stadium 1 would be the second largest tennis-specific stadium during the planet. Head for Stadium 2, which retains eight,000, and you can dine at Nobu, chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s well-known restaurant.