BNP Paribas Open 2018
If you are a tennis fan, the name of BNP Paribas Open should be familiar to you. This tennis tournament is one of the most prestigious tennis tournaments across the world. Organized at Indian Wells Tennis Garden every year in the month of March, this tennis tournament holds a place of pride on the ATP tour. World’s top tennis players take part in this tournament vying for the top honors and a boost in their ATP rankings.
Indian Wells is all decked up to welcome the players and the fans
The city of Indian Wells comes alive in March every year to welcome not just the players and the organizers but also thousands of tennis lovers and fans. These fans come to Indian Wells from different parts of the world to have a wonderful experience of not just top quality competitive tennis but also the alluring atmosphere that is provided by this tennis event.
Huge prize money is there for the taking
2018 BNP Paribas Open is going to be the 43rd edition of this prestigious tennis tournament. Both men’s as well as women’s events are organized during this tournament and the participation of top ranked men’s and women’s tennis players makes it a very glamorous event in tennis calendar. This year, the tournament will be played from Match 5 to 18 March. It will carry total prize money of $8,646,508, making Indian Wells Masters one of the most rich tennis tournaments of the world.
King Federer in action
Major attractions among the fans this year in this tournament will be Roger Federer who has once again become the number one player of the world. While the fans will miss out on the legendary rivalry between him and Nadal, the prospects of a final between Federer and the second seeded Marin Cilic is no less mouth watering for them. In the women’s section, all eyes will be on Serena and Venus Williams even though the number one seed Simona Halep is there to stop their winning march.
Hungry Serena makes a comeback
It will be the first time after her Australian Open Final match last year that Serena will be seen in action on the tennis courts. It is indeed going to be very interesting to see how this legendary American tennis player has regained top fitness levels after giving birth to a child recently. It is ironical that a top class player like Serena has been given wild card entry and she will step on to the courts as an unseeded player in this edition of BNP Paribas Open. While Serena is getting all the limelight, it is Simona Halep who has eyes set on the title this year. She won the title in 2015 and she loves to play on U.S hard courts. Jelena Ostapenko, the second seed here, beat her in the French Open final last year. But there is no likelihood of these two players fighting each other before the semifinal.
BNP Paribas sets the tone and the pace
It would not be wrong to say that the heart of the tennis world beats with BNP Paribas Open. Tennis fervor reaches its peak during March with the organization of this wonderful tennis tournament that continues till May and July when the French Open and Wimbledon are held. Indian Wells Masters sets the tone and the pace for the rest of the year among tennis players across the world.
In the men’s event, it will be an easy journey for the top seed Roger Federer. Roger Federer will be trying hard to win the title for a record 6th time this year. Like last year, he is coming to this tournament on a high after winning Australian Open. Wawrinka, Nadal, and Murray are all not participating in this year’s edition because of injuries, it looks like a certainty that Federer it will be to lift the title. Yes, there is no Group of Death in men’s section like it was in 2017, but there is every likelihood that Federer could find himself facing Dominic Thiem in the quarterfinals. Life is certainly going to be difficult for the 2013 finalist Del Potro who finds himself in the same group as Marin Cilic and Djokovic, two of the toughest tennis players on the ATP circuit a present.
Opening day highlight will be Maria Sharapova
If you are a Maria Sharapova fan, you will be happy to know that this beautiful and sexy tennis player will be seen on the courts of Indian Wells Tennis Centre after a gap of 3 years. The lanky Russian who won the title here in 2006 and 2013, will be seen in action of the first day itself.
Be there at Indian Wells Tennis Garden to be a part of this wonderful tennis event.