BNP Paribas Open Schedule
Some of the best tennis players in the world will descend on the Indian Wells Tennis
Garden in Indian Wells, California in March to compete with each other for one of the biggest prizes in the sport. The BNP
Paribas Open, also referred to as the Indian Wells Masters, always features top play on the court, and in 2015 players will
take to the courts from Match 9th to March 22nd for some of the most exhilarating tennis that fans have ever seen. Those lucky
enough to be there in person are in for a real treat, as the top players in the world will lay it all on the line in an effort
to be the one that hoists the trophy by tournament's end. In 2014 Novak Djokovic was able to take down Roger Federer in three
sets to earn the title. It was Djokovic's third win at this event. Had Federer won it would have been his fifth. Djokovic,
Federer and Rafael Nadal have won 10 of the last 11 tournaments at this event, showing that the elite talent in the world
of tennis always arrives with their best at the BNP Paribas Open. On the women's side, Flavia Pennetta was able to win the
Originally known as the Indian Wells Masters, BNP Paribas serves as a Premier Mandatory stop on the women's
tour and a Master's 1000 competition on the men's tour. Outside of the Grand Slam events, the BNP Paribas Open is the highest
attended professional tennis tournament in the world averaging more than 370,000 attendees each year. The tournament is played
on hard courts in the second largest tennis complex in the world. Aside from all of the exciting tennis action at the BNP
Paribas Open, it is well worth a visit to Indian Wells Tennis Garden just to check out the venue.
The BNP Paribas Open, also known as the Indian Wells Masters, was first played back in 1974 and has since
grown into one of the elite tennis tournaments in the entire world. The men's portion of the tournament has gone under several
names during the course of its existence including American Airlines Tennis Games, the Congoleum Classic, the Grand Marnier/ATP
Tennis Games, the Pilot Pen Classic, the Newsweek Champions Cup, the Tennis Masters Series Indian Wells, and the Pacific Life
Open before switching to its current name. The women's side of the tournament has also undergone several name changes before
settling on the BNP Paribas Open including the Virginia Slims of Indian Wells, the Virginia Slims of Palm Springs, the Matrix
Essentials Evert Cup, the Evert Cup or the State Farm Evert Cup as a tribute to Chris Evert, the Tennis Masters Series, and
the Pacific Life Open. Past champions of the BNP Paribas Open read like a who's who of the tennis world as the event annually
draws some of the biggest names in all of tennis. On the men's side previous winners include Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer,
Novak Djokovic, Ivan Ljubicic, Lleyton Hewitt, Andre Agassi, Michael Chang, Pete Sampras, Boris Becker, Jimmy Connors, Yannick
Noah, and Roscoe Tanner just to name a few. The women's side features just as many luminaries of the tennis world including
Maria Sharapova, Kim Clijsters, Serena Williams, Lindsay Davenport, Martina Hingis, Steffi Graf, Monica Seles, and Martina
Navratilova among others.
Seeing a top tennis tournament in person is something that every
fan of the sport should be a part of at least once in their lifetime. Tennis is a fantastic sport that combines power, grace
and elegance into one incredible athletic display that is all the more impressive when seen in person. The atmosphere at a
major tennis event like the BNP Paribas Open is electric, especially when it comes down to the final few rounds of the tournament.
Every point is treated with great anticipation, and you'll be able to feel the intensity among the crowd. Make sure you're
there when some of the world's best player square off on the courts this year.
BNP Paribas Open Trivia
was the first men's player to ever win this event?
The answer is John Newcombe, as the Australian was able to defeat
the famous Arthur Ashe in straight sets to claim the very first title of this event, which was at the time called the American
Airlines Tennis Games.
BNP Paribas Open Fans
Tennis fans love to see the game played in person, and for
good reason. Fans love to pack into the stadium to see the best players in the world go at it, which is exactly what they
get each year at the BNP Paribas Open. If you've never been out to this great event, then now is the time to rectify that
by joining some of the biggest tennis fans in the world in the stands.