The "Near Slam" is a can't-miss event

Step outside in perfect temperatures and apply just a dab of sunscreen. Enjoy the serenity, exceptional food and ubiquitous belief of relaxation. It all adds up to Indian Wells -- perhaps the most pristine event of them all.

Updated: March 13, 2008, 11:07 AM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Lose the sweater at the airport in Palm Springs, then drive southeast on Highway 111, through Rancho Mirage and Palm Desert, past the boulevards bearing the names Dinah Shore, Frank Sinatra and Bob Hope and the ludicrously lush golf courses, under the swaying, stately palm trees. When you see the pale 16,100 seat stadium rising out of the desert floor, surrounded by breathtaking mountains, some of them capped by snow, when you hear the gentle thwacks of balls on rackets ...

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