Spectators stream towards the stadium, happily chatting. Despite the early hour, they look excited, as the sun slowly rises behind them. The dry desert air can already be tasted. And that air seems full of magical anticipation and tension – what will this day hold?
Visitors, tennis enthusiasts, from near and far are prepared for a day under the sun – in Indian Wells. Here, every year in March, the BNP Paribas Open kick off the first tennis tournament in the famous ATP World Tour series. World-class tennis takes place in the vast Californian desert, in the marvelous Coachella Valley to be precise.
Excellent Tennis Players in A Spectacular Setting
A sharp look; quickly wiping off the sweat on the forehead. Focus. It is all or nothing. The crowd seated in a circular shape around the court is holding their breath. A legend, Swiss Roger Federer’s concentration is peaking. It’s not about putting on a show, it’s about returning the ball within a split second. He is in the zone and focused on his art of playing tennis. Sports events bring people together in peaceful competition.
It might be the only “competitive” ground that unites people despite competition. But here, it is different. Spectators are rooting for their favorite player, yet feel pity if his or her opponent on the court loses; and some just love the game of tennis in general. It’s a friendly, yet exciting atmosphere in the state-of-the-art Indian Wells Tennis GardenPlaying Croatian Bona Coric in the semi-finals, public’s darling Federer filled the spectator seats. After losing his first set, however, the Swiss tennis pro seemingly cannot be defeated and plays a superior match and ultimately advances. A thrilling game that kept the audience ah-ing and oh-ing throughout, played out in the mecca for tennis fans, Indian Wells.
Beautiful Architecture for More Excitement
First opening its doors in March 2000, Indian Wells Tennis Garden was designed by Rossetti Associates Architects. The modern, upscale grounds are an oasis in the desert. Stadium 1 is the largest court and, in fact, the second biggest in the world. Throughout the years, what is now home to the world-famous BNP Paribas Open has grown significantly in popularity and also size. Indian Wells Tennis Garden offers the visitor a memorable, unique tennis experience in the desert that is unlike any other. A thrilling atmosphere, surrounded by large mountains and desert scenery in the background makes people return year after year.
It’s not just the beauty that keeps me coming back. Indian Wells […] has the most alluring atmosphere […]” – Gerald Marzorati, Bloomberg
On top of that, Indian Wells Tennis Garden is an experience in itself: superior dining and some of the most dazzling views you could imagine while watching top notch players chase the yellow ball zooming full-speed over the court. Full action – just like here in Stadium 1. Filled to the brim, spectators feverishly await the outcome of the match. They become a part of it.
Eventually, as the sun starts to set, a golden light tints the tennis courts of Indian Wells, plating against the backdrop of the pink-ish Californian desert. An exciting day, filled with both wins and disappointments, is coming to a close. Tomorrow is a new day. Dawn will mark the beginning of a fresh chapter filled with spectacular world-class tennis and emotions, both on the bleachers and on the court. Views included.