Neither rain nor snow nor sleet, nor heat so severe that it could have seared the bottoms of her tennis shoes, could keep Elena Vesnina from her appointed rounds with a crystal trophy and a check for $1,175,505 Sunday at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament. Vesnina is the unlikely women’s champion. She entered this highly prestigious tournament seeded 14th.
From the moment the sun rose Saturday on the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament, it seemed like a Swiss can’t-miss. And that’s what it turned out to be. Sunday’s men’s final will match Switzerland’s Roger Federer against Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka. One press wag wondered if they’d play tennis or just have a yodel-off. Wawrinka started the day with an uneventful
In a match expected to be dripping in drama but never shed a drop, Roger Federer demolished Rafael Nadal Wednesday in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open. We were looking for something like 6-4, 6-7, 7-6. We got 6-2, 6-3. The 16,100-seat Indian Wells Garden main stadium was as packed as it will ever be for a late
The BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament brought a familiar GPS reading. For Rafael Nadal, Spain’s legendary lefty, the Road to Roger was mapped through another Spanish southpaw. In Monopoly, you have to pass go. In big-time pro tennis, Nadal has had to, in key moments, pass Fernando Verdasco. The journey and its history played out Tuesday, in 95-degree sunshine, on
Billie Jean King was at a tennis tournament Monday, the BNP Paribas Open Indian Wells. It has been a long time since any appearance she makes has been strictly about tennis. This was a press gathering concerning the transfer of King’s majority interest in World Team Tennis to businessmen, Mark Ein and Fred Luddy. This was supposed to be about
The event held each year in Indian Wells that attracts star players and nearly half a million spectators is not really a tennis tournament. It is a chamber-of-commerce postcard. Take Sunday at the BNP Paribas Open. It is the day after they have set a tournament attendance record for a single-day session. A total of 36,361 people went through the
If you like your tennis fast and furious, especially the serving part of the game, the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells was the place to be Saturday. On a hot and sunny, near-perfect day in the desert–which seems to be the very definition of this annual March tennis spectacle, Ivo Karlovic and John Isner were out there hitting bullets.
The tennis surgeon was at it again Friday. In lime green top and shorts, in front of a packed crowd on court 6 at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, Italy’s Roberta Vinci sliced apart yet another younger, faster, harder-hitting challenger. The score was 7-6 (5), 6-4. The victim was U.S. player Madison Brengle, and the result might be
GIVE BACK There are storybook endings, and then there is Michael Phelps’ grand Olympic finale last summer in Rio. Movie stars, athletes, politicians, even file clerks want to go out on their own terms. Phelps is no exception. He did it his way. He is, of course, the most decorated athlete in the history of the Olympic Games, once deemed
Each spring, they flock in record numbers to the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. That’s a long and fancy name. They should just call the whole thing Pasarell’s Palace. Starting March 8, and for the next 11 days, as many as 500,000 people will roll through the gates. The Palm Springs area will buzz. Restaurants will