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I've always known it to be a Challenger...but with a better field that normal challengers, although a lot of players tend to pull out (and are allowed to) if they make it to the 2nd week of Indian Wells..
 

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It is a Challenger in the second week of IW, usually attracts quite a few top 100 players who have gone out of IW early.
 

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It is known as the Sunrise Challenger. Gets lots of good players :yeah:
 

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I didn't see the players acceptance for 2008 -- only 2007. But, it seems like a good opportunity to go see a lot of good players up close.
 

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If you look on the ATP calendar which includes Challengers, it is shown as a $100,000+H Challenger. It is sometimes known as a "Super-Challenger" because the rules about top 50 players do not apply - it seems to be specially designed to take players who go out of IW early.
 

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Look in the Challenger forum, there is a lot of info there, including the current entry list.

It's a Challenger in the US, but it is not governed by the USTA so sometimes it can be hard to find info on it. As stated above, it's very popular because of it's location on the calendar, and because it uses the same courts as Miami.
 

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Sunrise has always known as the "super challenger" so no surprises here... always has better draws than many MM events ;)
 
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