Thursday, February 18, 2016

BNP Paribas Open @ Indian Wells, CA - "5th Slam"...

Indian Wells - Desert Tennis Oasis
 Updated info 2016:

So if flying half-way around the world to watch the Aussie Open in Jan 2013 wasn't enough...I decided to check out the Indian Wells BNP Paribas tournament for a few days =)

Found cheap Indian Wells tennis tickets online.

I made sure they were Ticketmaster verified. These ended up being about HALF the price from those listed the Box Office!

Also, I didn't have to wait in a huge, slow line either*). I recommend doing AirBnB if you want to get any lodging under $250/night around Palm Springs. You really need a rental car to get around town, though.

Brad Gilbert offers a few jokes and
predictions at Corona's "Beer with Brad"

Tennis Pros' Annual Reunion

I'm glad I got to do some photographs and videos of the tournament (more below)

Also while meeting some terrific fans and tennis stars up close and personal =)


Top Players' Tournament

Mayleen Reamy
from Tennis Channel
The Top 49 out of 50 showed up in 2013! You get to walk right up to the players practicing.

At matches, you get to watch from close seats that you would otherwise pay over a thousand dollars to see at the US Open*


Tennis Warehouse & Freebie Swag


  • TennisWarehouse offered some play-testing new rackets on their demo court.
  • Emirates Airlines had some cool looking seat cushions at the giveaway.
  • The Thai Tourism Tent offered some free 15 min back rubs *very nice after a long day of tennis*


West Coast Road Trip

I had unused frequent flyer miles I needed to burn before they expired...so I flew to San Diego and drove 2 hours over the very scenic, snow-feathered Rt. 74 (Pines to Palms Hwy) to get there. The Big Horn winding roads area looks like something straight out of a racing video game.



Got to stay at a great AirBnB place that included 2 private tennis courts and pool plus hot tub. It was a very short ride to downtown, 15 mins to the Tennis Stadium, and some hiking trails near Joshua Tree too.

The host, Brendan was awesome with a lot of Indian Wells knowledge and there were a couple other tennis fans staying in the other room too, so it was definitely a great place to stay (much better value and cozier than a hotel room).


Indian Wells Media: Flickr PicturesYouTube Highlight Videos


Indian Wells Tennis Garden
Known as the "5th Slam" (article by Rob Perez) so we wanted to make sure our "Grand Fan Slam" was truly complete and coverage now includes (2 out of 9) Masters Series ATP 1000 Events (my Madrid / Spain Trip and the Nadal vs Federer 2009 Finals Pictures)

It contains the 2nd largest tennis-specific stadium in the world - 2nd only to the mammoth Arthur Ashe Stadium (where you get a great view of the NYC skyline) and feel like you could actually get a nose-bleed if you climbed all the way up to row ZZ!

The Indian Wells Tennis Garden has some of the best practice court viewing for tennis players up close. I would say it is probably the closest you will ever be able to get down a near court level view of the players just 10-15 feet away.

General Parking was one thing that could definitely be improved with the 2000+ spots at the new grass lot as the way it was this year.
If you got there 1-2 hours after opening, it felt like Rush Hour traffic and getting in line of cattle to go all the way around to a free parking spot.


How to Tournament Tennis Play at Indian Wells, CA?

International Team Tennis Championships
(Invitational Tournament @ Monterey Country Club)

Playing Tennis in the Desert -
Monterey Country Club 

Dan and Karl run an annual Tennis Tournament during the Indian Wells pro tournament in early-mid March every year. Dan's friend Jo from Michigan actually was nice enough to invite me to play as a sub on his team.

It was a beautiful location, and Dan does an awesome job throwing the party's dinner party (at his private pad with his family) and doing the Herculean task of managing all the logistics on the 15 court facility. Great event, highly recommended!



Tickets Giveaway to Fans

We were able to giveaway to a couple lucky fans of Tennis-Bargains.com some freebies too!

Just like at the Aussie Open and US Open, we offer our loyal supporters a way to enjoy great tennis seats, even when the box office is officially sold out =)


Hint: We use TennisNow (TicketMaster Verified) Tickets for Tickets re-sell from other fans. They have tickets for most tennis events: http://jc10s.com/Tennis_Tickets_on_sale

Canadian Fans - watching Nadal practice
USTA and WTT Leagues
Another great way to play at the Tennis Garden is to compete in the USTA Nationals Tri-Level competition or the WTT (World Team Tennis) Rec League which gets to actually play on the same (practice) courts that the pros used during the tournament.
The new Stadium will an 19,000 sq ft structure with 8,000 seats (roughly half the number of the main stadium). Right now the best general admissions seats are probably on Stadium 2 and 3 for the marquee matches.

However, with record-breaking attendance this year - it was especially hard to navigate around the large crowds on the middle weekend when both Sat and Sun day sessions were completely sold out.

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