BNP Paribas Open
Nicknamed the “Grand Slam of the West”, Indian Wells is one of the few tournaments on the global circuit that can rival the majors for location or star quality. Drawing nearly half a million spectators to over eight days of top-class tennis, it’s a crucial date on the tour calendar. The leading names of the men’s and women’s game will be keen to put down a marker, while the chasing pack in the top 50 will be looking for a big-name draw – and a season-defining performance. So select your most Hollywood-style sunglasses and find out more about BNP Paribas Open Tickets on StubHub.
Indian Wells - the background and history
Set in California’s Coachella Valley, near the Palm Springs resort, Indian Wells is one of the most luxurious and star-studded locations in world tennis – it also has one of the largest main court arenas, bigger than Wimbledon’s Centre Court. The switch to the three-set format for the men has, if anything, intensified the atmosphere of the later rounds: the fine margins of top-ranking tennis are even finer!
Perhaps that’s why the tournament draws stand-out performances from some of the game’s most dedicated and gifted match-players. The men’s tournament has been contested here since the 1970s. Local favourites Pete Sampras and André Agassi both recorded memorable wins, while Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have a host of titles between them. In the women’s tournament, this was where a young Serena Williams gave notice of her formidable talent, winning back in 1999.
With increasing coverage, BNP Paribas Open Tickets are becoming even more desirable among the nation’s tennis fans. The championship’s profile has certainly been helped by some of its epic finals. Few who were there will ever forget the drama of Novak Djokovic's final-set tiebreak against Roger Federer in 2014 – the start of a three-year winning run for the tenacious Serbian maestro. Federer, however, was to have his revenge, returning to win in 2017, over a decade after his first title.
But for fans who love the romance of tennis, the magic of Indian Wells lies in its ability to inspire tour players to raise their game and make headlines – as when Flavia Pennetta beat the top two seeds on the way to the trophy in 2014, or when Ivan Ljubi?i? showed his craft and strokeplay in winning the 2010 title.
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