What a dramatic thread title. Poor Tommy, one wants to say.
But I think the "venue", the location of Indian Wells is indeed really special; you can get pretty much a good look of the desert right from the center court's upper seats, that's something.
It's the best draw he could hope for! One of the easiest first rounds and of the easiest seeds in 2nd round. Djokovic is tough, but he would lose to about anyone in top 20 at the moment, so this is a great draw!