Yesterday, it actually turned out to be a sunny day at Indian Wells Tennis Garden. But from 3:30 p.m. on the temperature dropped, and a warm jacket was a good item to have in the bag.
Andy Murray, pictured above, practiced and signed some autographs afterward.
The top 32 seeded players have a later start here because they have a bye here. This means they can practice and prepare a bit longer than the non-seeds. Usually after match day you have a day off. It is a bit like at the Grand Slams.
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.
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.
As the first week of the 2013 Australian Open comes to a close, I want to spotlight some of the great new gear we have seen introduced at the tournament. There’s tons of new racquets, shoes and apparel being released at the beginning of the year, so I want to dish out some awards to the best introductions of new swag at the first Grand Slam of 2013…
Best men’s outfit (shirt/shorts only, no shoes): Lotto
I’m going with a surprise in this category, but I think the new Lotto outfit is awesome. The bright yellow design is super eye-catching on TV, and they have quite a few guys still going in the draw, like Kevin Anderson, Nicolas Almagro, and David Ferrer. They are wearing the Lotto Men’s Spring Graphic LED Crew and the Spring LED Short (and Bermuda Short). Look for this gear to become available from TW next month.