This past week I made my first ever visit to the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. Having wanted to attend for a number of years, I couldn’t wait to watch tennis under the California sun and the tournament did not disappoint.
Having visited other big tournaments around the world, Indian Wells was next on my list and it was a fantastic event. The setting is incredible with the desert and mountains as the backdrop to the wonderful facilities at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. For both players and spectators it is the tennis paradise that it promises to be and being able to watch both ATP and WTA matches alongside each other in this wonderful setting was very enjoyable.
The venue was similar to Flushing Meadows and Crandon Park in that the spectator is at the heart of everything. There is so much space and spending time on the grounds is a pleasurable experience, something that cannot be said about the currently cramped facilities at both Wimbledon and Roland Garros. From the practice court schedule, free WiFi and off-court activities, everything you would want whilst at the tournament is taken care of.
Having attended during the first few days of the event we were able to get up close to some of the game’s biggest names both in matches and on the practice courts and we saw some great matches in the early rounds. Thanks to my friends at HEAD, we also got tickets to one of the night sessions on Stadium 1 which was good fun too.
I would strongly urge anyone who has the opportunity to visit Indian Wells. I would definitely say it is one of the best tournaments, if not the best tournament I have visited as a fan and I look forward to coming back one day.