As BNP Paribas Open 2013 comes to close, players feel more relaxed

Tennis is a game that can be quite demanding. Especially on the level it is being played here at the BNP Paribas Open.

Tennis has become more physical – being fit enough to play long three set matches! The players are constantly working on getting fitter and stronger. The young are trying to build up, and the “veterans” are trying to maintain and use their experience. After being on the tour for such a long time they know what is good for their body and what works!

Having said that physical trainers and physios are more important to the players than ever before.

Being here at the event in the final weekend is always something very very special!
Caroline Wozniacki won the tournament in 2011 and that meant a lot to the entire team of course!

Fewer and fewer players are still here. Most of them have actually left already or are on their way to Miami.

In the beginning of the tournament it is always very very crowded of course and lots of distractions for all players. The players have commitments to do photo shoots or or have other obligations to their sponsors. This all happens in the beginning. So a lot of action as you can imagine!

Making sure you practice enough, do the physical work, get treatment, recover, get all the obligations done and last but for sure not least have some down time and some alone time to relax.

But now it’s quite and the players here can be more relaxed. Of course they are here to win the tournament, but having played that many matches, the confidence level goes up, and the players now have a lot more time to relax and get ready for the next match!

Caroline Wozniacki will face Maria Sharapova in tomorrow’s women’s final, and I am very much looking forward to seeing this match.

Wozniacki

Wozniacki

Both are great competitors and love the big stage. I hope they will put on a good match.

Sharapova

Sharapova at the Australian Open

Let’s see what will happen with the men’s semifinals today. Nadal won the first set against Berdych.
And Djokovic against del Porto will be an interesting one too!

I met a great friend of mine today who I used to play tournaments with back in Germany. Christoph Müller. He has studied at Houston Rice and has just recently moved to Los Angeles for work. He is here today watching the men’s semifinals. It was great to see him again!

Mats with

Mats with Christoph Müller

If you can’t come to Indian Wells and watch the matches live tune in on www.tennistv.com - you can follow most of the matches worldwide like this!

Enjoy the tennis!

Mats
@matsmerkel

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