While the players are practicing and getting ready for their next round matches, behind the scenes everyone is getting ready for the expansion of the venue! The work will begin Monday, March 18, right after the finals on Sunday.
A new Stadium 2 court and four additional practice courts will be built, and I think everyone is looking forward to come back next year!
The project is supported by the players of course! For more information click in the link go to the BNP Paribas Open website.
The tournament is great for spectators because you get so close to the athletes like at no other event! You can watch the practices from all kinds of different angles.
Juan Martin Del Potro had a hit with Yen-Hsun Lu. Martin is definitely also attracting lots of spectators.
Frank Moser, a dear friend from my hometown Baden-Baden, Germany, is here as well. He is actively playing on the doubles tour. A couple of weeks back he won the ATP title in San Jose partnering up with Xavier Malisse. This week his main focus is on Ivo Karlovic, who Franky is helping out from time to time, but he signed up for doubles as an alternate and got in with Victor Hanescu.
Follow him on twitter @frankymoser
Marian Cilic signed autographs and taking pictures.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was practicing. People love him for his personality and the energy he brings on the court!
Andrea Petkovic was out there signing autographs as well. Today she left for San Diego.
By the way if you want to have a very delicious Japanese fusion kind of dinner here around town check out OKURA!
Enjoy the tennis!