Over the course of the next four weeks, players on the ATP and the WTA tours will hit the U.S. hard courts in Indian Wells and Miami for two of the sport’s most prestigious events outside of the Grand Slams.
Here’s a look at some of the best performers in the events over the years, including those who’ve completed the “Sunshine Double” in one year.
The king of the Sunshine Double, Djokovic has gone back-to-back in his career four times, most recently in 2016.
Making her return to tournament action this week in Indian Wells, Williams won the title twice there before skipping the event for more than a decade. Miami has been one of her most successful tournaments, winning the title eight times.
Early in one of the greatest comeback seasons the sport has ever known, Federer turned back Father Time once again to complete his third career Sunshine Double last year.
The big-hitting German blasted her way to two titles in Indian Wells and five in Florida, including a sweep of both events in 1994.
After reaching his first Indian Wells final in 1990, the American didn’t win the title there until 2001. A couple of weeks later, he captured the fourth of his six Miami Open titles to complete the sweep.
The former world No. 1, who is expected to make a return to Indian Wells this week, has won both events multiple times, including a sweep in 2016.
After capturing three straight Grand Slam titles in a seven-month stretch, Sampras’ dominant form continued on the US hard courts in 1994 as he won Indian Wells and Miami back to back.
Forced to miss both tournaments this year due to injury, Nadal has had success at them over the years, winning Indian Wells three times and finishing as runner-up in Miami on five occasions.
In 1991, the American surprisingly went back-to-back in the two tournaments, pushing him into the top 10 for the first time. Those wins were the first significant achievements on his way to the Hall of Fame.
Hanging on in the top 20 after his miraculous French Open win in 1989, Chang made an emphatic return to the Top 10 after completing the Sunshine sweep in 1992. He tacked on two more Indian Wells titles over the course of his career.
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