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2018 BNP Paribas Open: A Tournament in Full Bloom
The tournament attracts the biggest stars and gives fans a superb experience—and with all the new touches this year, it will likely be bigger and better than ever.
By Chris Lewis
The BNP Paribas Open is one of the most coveted tickets among tennis events. The annual tournament showcases the best tennis players in the world. But it also showcases Indian Wells Tennis Garden, one of the sport’s most impressive facilities.
When it comes to star power at the BNP Paribas Open, year after year one member of the field tends to stand out from everyone else: Roger Federer, five-time champion and annual fan favorite.
First appearing at the BNP Paribas Open in 2001, the defending champion has not only claimed five titles at Indian Wells Tennis Garden, he has also won 19 major championships—more than any other male tennis professional in history.
“Roger is an incredible ambassador for the sport and is well respected by players, media, fans and sponsors,” says Tommy Haas, tournament director of the BNP Paribas Open. “We have enjoyed watching his career grow and progress as the BNP Paribas Open has become one of the Tour’s most coveted titles.”
Haas continues, “We wish Roger continued success at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden for years to come.”
An Unparalleled Viewing Experience
Also attracting plenty of attention this year is Indian Wells Tennis Garden itself. Just in time for the BNP Paribas Open, the facility finalized a full-scale beautification project to fully emphasize its striking environment. Enhancements highlight the gorgeous desert setting and pristine floral landscape. Among the additions are 62 new palm trees throughout the grounds, as well as floral installations, fountains, greenery, pavers and plants.
“Fans will be struck by the venue’s beauty,” says Haas. “Its color and vibrancy will be entirely reminiscent of a garden blooming to life in the springtime.”
Technology and other amenities have been enhanced, too. This year, fans will be able to enjoy upgraded video walls on the north and south ends of Stadium 1’s court. As a result, they will now have more than double the square footage of screens to complement the action on the court.
Attendees will also notice a significant change in Stadium 2 this year, as the Chop House has been replaced by Wally’s Desert Turtle, longtime favorite among desert residents and visitors alike. The award-winning, family-owned restaurant specializes in contemporary California cuisine, which is prepared courtesy of Executive Chef Pascal Lallemand.
In addition to Wally’s Desert Turtle, fans will also enjoy the variety of Indian Wells Tennis Garden’s other first-class dining options—from Japanese with the highly celebrated Nobu, to Italian at Piero’s PizzaVino, to Californian fine dining at Wolfgang Puck’s Spago, yet another offering from one of the world’s most popular chefs. Each of these stellar dining venues provides further examples of why the BNP Paribas Open annually welcomes some of the sport’s largest crowds. It’s not just a tournament; it’s a full, rich experience.
“As we do every spring, we look forward to welcoming tennis fans from around the globe to the Indian Wells Tennis Garden for an unparalleled experience,” Haas says. “From our dining options to our picturesque landscape of the desert, as well as our competitive action on the court, we can’t wait to show fans why the BNP Paribas Open is often referred to as Tennis Paradise.”
With its recent renovations, first-class dining options, stunning landscapes and captivating fields, the future of the BNP Paribas Open is certainly bright. Named Tournament of the Year by the WTA and ATP the last four years, it is clearly a favorite of fans and players alike—and will certainly continue to be.
“But the BNP Paribas Open refuses to rest on its laurels,” Haas says. “And we are committed to continually improving the overall fan experience at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden well into the future.”
For further information about the 2018 BNP Paribas Open, visit bnpparibasopen.com
Chris Lewis is a staff writer with Desert Golf & Tennis