Qualification matches begin at BNP Paribas 2013 in Indian Wells

Hello all,

The BNP Paribas Open unofficially started yesterday. The qualifying matches were going all day. The men’s main draw event starts Friday, and the women’s main draw event in Wednesday.

Most of the main draw players do come here nearly a week before they start. Not only because it is so beautiful, but also because the facility has a lot to offer. Every year it is improving and people have started calling it the 5th Slam.

Mats at the main stadium court at Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

Mats at the main stadium court at Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

My first day here started early at 7:30 a.m. with practice for Ayumi Morita and Sorana Cirstea. I hadn’t seen Ayumi and her coach, Junichi, since the Australian Open. So it was really nice to catch up with them. Ayumi has a new racquet that certainly will help her to improve her game further.

Ayumi on the stretch

Ayumi on the stretch

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adidas players get ready for BNP Paribas Open 2013 in Las Vegas


UnknownBefore the two big events in Indian Wells and Miami, players often like to get ready by practicing for a week or 10 days somewhere preferably not in the city and the club where the tournament will take place but in the same climate to prepare physically and mentally. Even though the season is still young, it does feel to some of the players as if it has been going on and on already.

Before Indian Wells, adidas invites some of its tennis athletes to come to Las Vegas and work with my colleagues (Sven Groeneveld, Darren Cahill and Gil Reyes) and me. Sven Darren and I do the work on court, and Gil focuses on the work in his gym with machines that he created himself especially for the need of tennis players.
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Wildcards announced for the 2013 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, CA

Former Wimbledon finalist David Nalbandian leads the list of players granted wildcards into this year's BNP Paribas Open.

Former Wimbledon finalist David Nalbandian leads the list of players granted wildcards into this year’s BNP Paribas Open.

Four former top-five ranked players along with rising American stars highlight the list of players granted wildcards into next week’s BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, CA. David Nalbandian, Tommy Robredo, Jakes Blake and Kimiko Date-Krumm have all at one point in their careers been ranked inside the top 5 in the world rankings. Up and coming Americans Tim Smyczek, Steve Johnson, Madison Keys, Maria Sanchez, Melanie Oudin and Taylor Townsend will all have their chance to take down some of the world’s best as well with guaranteed admittance into the main draw. Rounding out the wildcards on the women’s side are Shahar Peer, Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Kristina Mladenovic.

“This year’s main draw wildcards span from seasoned veterans, to rising American and international stars to those returning from injury,” said tournament direction Steve Simon in a recent press release. “Awarding wildcards to players like David Nalbandian, James Blake, Madison Keys and Taylor Townsend add to the allure of early-round matches for fans and provide the potential for these deserving athletes to break through and make a move up their respective Tour’s rankings.”

Germany's Andrea Petkovic received a wildcard into the qualifying draw of the BNP Paribas Open.

Germany’s Andrea Petkovic received a wildcard into the qualifying draw of the BNP Paribas Open.

Some notables among the players awarded wildcards into the qualifying draw are former top-ten player Andrea Petkovic, UCLA standout Dennis Novikov and up and coming Americans Christian Harrison, Jack Sock, Rhyne Williams and Grace Min.

Players begin battling in the qualifying draw Monday, March 4 for a berth in the main draw that begins on Thursday the 7th. The BNP Paribas Open is the largest ATP World Tour and WTA combined two-week event in the world, offering more than $12 million in prize money.

 

 

Thanks for reading!

AG