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.
Celebrity tennis match featuring Redfoo and Jeremy Piven
Can you tell me what is better than watching world class tennis players play tennis with each other and with celebrities to raise money for a good cause? Nothing! Ok, well they are some things but this is pretty high up there. Now I normally spend most days at the BNP Paribas Open but was able to sneak away to watch the K-Swiss Desert Smash held at the stunning La Quinta Resort (a short distance from the tournament) which raises money for the charity, Variety.
Before 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. Continue reading →