The next big tournament lined up is the BNP Paribas Open, the first of the nine ATP 1000 tournaments in Indian Wells, the event is known some sort as the start of the season after the Australian Open, Dubai and Mexican Open. It’s been voted as a top notch event and this year won’t be any different; as it hosts tennis’ elite.
As a fan of the beautiful sport, I can’t wait for Indian wells, all of the stars are ready to play in the desert and gain momentum for the big one in France; the Roland Garros. And mind you this tournament has a star studded line up this year with the likes of Andy Murray, Nadal, Roger Federer who missed last year’s tournament due to injury, Angelique Kerber, Serena Williams and many more.
The Swiss maestro who just recently showed the world that he still has a lot to give to the sport, looks geared up however he went through a recent bump in the road when 116 seed Evegeny Donskoy, beat him in Dubai, however I believe Roger can regain his form and eyes for the big prize in Paris. Roger, the fan favorite wherever he goes, has reached two back to back semi finals in 2014 and 2015 and will seek to dethrone the world number 2 Djokovic, who’s been winning it since the past 3 years. Serena Williams also returns to the desert, after an absence and looks at her third title, its sure will get hot in the dessert as BNP Paribas Open seems the start of a new season in front of 40,000 crazy fans.
Where Roger and Serena return, the man who’s been winning it for 3 seasons, looks to add a fourth to his name, the world number 2 seed Novak Djokovic, eyes his 6th overall championship but my money is on the newly ranked Dubai Open winner and the reigning world number 1 player Andy Murray, he has never captured the Indian Wells title and with his current form I think he may finally defeat all odds and capture this illusive title to his name. But having said that young guns like Kei Nishikori, Stan Wawrinka, Cilic, Sam Querrey, Tsonga, Thiem, Monfils, Cilic, David Goffin, Dimitrov, Berdych and many more top seed competitors may cause an upset and win against the top 4 renowned not the top 4 seeded anymore of Andy, Djokovic, Nadal and R Fed.
We can easily say that each top player from the ATP and WTA will enter the Indian Wells Paribas Open making it a highly awaited event.However the former finalist, Milos Raonic has pulled out of the tournament due to a hamstring injury, which he pulled in a recent match against Del Potro. Other players who have been sidelined are David Ferer and Gilles Simon. The court in BNP Paribus Open, is a hard court, if you want to install a tennis court surface then look up Talbot Tennis, because why not go for the best.