|Indian Wells - Desert Tennis Oasis|
I have decided to go check out the Indian Wells BNP Paribas tournament again for the 3rd and 4th time in 2019 and 2020. It will be the most times for me at any Masters 1000 event.
Here is a quick preview of the multiple times I've attended and reasons for our fans to see what has improved and any changes you should expect before heading here!
|Brad Gilbert offers a few jokes and|
predictions at "Beer with Brad"
from Tennis Channel
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 Pros make it their Annual Reunion LocationI'm glad I got to do some photographs and videos of the tournament (more below)
All while meeting some terrific fans and tennis stars up close and personal.
Tennis Warehouse & Freebie Swag
- TennisWarehouse offered some play-tests with this year's new racket lines on their demo court.
- Emirates Airlines had red seat cushions at the giveaway.
- The Thai Tourism Tent offered some free 15 min back rubs - *so nice after a long day of tennis*
West Coast Road TripI 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 road area looks like something straight out of a racing video game.
I landed a great AirBnB place that included 2 private tennis courts, pool plus hot tub. More recently I stay at a private home 5 mins walk to the Tennis Stadium to avoid parking hassles. Lots of hiking trails near Joshua Tree too. Coachella is just around the corner for music lovers.
The local hosts are 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). Make sure you pack a jacket though because mornings can get a little chilly.
Known as the "5th Slam" so I wanted to make sure our "Grand Fan Slam" was truly complete and coverage now includes (
It contains the 2nd largest tennis-specific stadium in the world - only behind the mammoth Arthur Ashe Stadium. It's a great view of the NYC skyline but where 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. So arrive early or Uber!
Monterey Country Club
Dan Nabedrick (Twin Cities Tennis) runs an annual Tennis Tournament during the Indian Wells pro tournament in early-mid March every year.
It was a beautiful location, and Dan does an awesome job throwing the party's dinner party (at his private pad with his family).
The Who's Who of Indian Wells - BNP Paribas Open
Nike / Wilson Alumni
Tickets Giveaway to Fans
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.
|Canadian Fans - watching Nadal practice|
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.
However, with record-breaking attendance this year - it was especially hard to navigate around the large crowds on the middle weekend when both Saturday and Sunday morning sessions were completely sold out.
Indian Wells tennis tickets online