With Roland Garros starting to become visible on the horizon, the month of March offers players two more chances at the hard courts before being fully immersed in the clay season.
The BNP Paribas Open is the first of a pair of Masters 1000 events this month, and it will feature every top 10 player from both the men's and women's side with the exception of David Ferrer and Serena Williams.
World No. 1 Rafael Nadal, the defending champion from Indian Wells Tennis Garden in California, is coming off a win in Rio, but he didn't face anywhere near the competition he'll see this week.
Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka will be there, as will Novak Djokovic, who has won in Indian Wells twice.
Of course, you can't forget about Roger Federer, who looked so improved in Australia after a mostly forgettable 2013 season, and Andy Murray, who is still working back into form in his recovery from back surgery at the end of last year.
Djokovic talked about the stacked field, via ATPWorldTour.com's Josh Meiseles:
Roger played a great tournament in Dubai. He’s one of the best players in the history of the game and you can never count him out. He always plays really well and you have to be on top of your game to win against him regardless of which surface you play on. It’s Roger Federer across the net.
Of course Rafa is there too and you have young guys like Dimitrov and Raonic and Janowicz. It’s a very interesting time for men's tennis. It’s just the beginning of the season so it’s still very early in the season to predict who will finish No. 1 but there is a bigger group of guys, not just the four of us.
As if the loaded singles competition wasn't enough to pique your interest, Swiss compatriots Federer and Wawrinka will be teaming up in doubles action, while Djokovic (with Filip Krajinovic) and Murray (with Jonathan Marray) will also be taking part as teams prepare for the Davis Cup.
Over on the women's side, Maria Sharapova is the defending champion but if what we saw in Australia was any indication, it's to expect the unexpected.
Click ahead for the full results as they unfold during what should be a scintillating first 1000 Masters event of the year.