If you’re a tennis fan, don’t miss out on this year’s BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. Some of the tennis’ top current players will be facing off on the blue courts beginning March 3. If you’re a long-time tennis fan, you must get to the Palm Desert area early. The famous (or infamous) John McEnroe is headlining a charity match on Saturday, March 1. The McEnroe Challenge for Charity will celebrate the unveiling of the brand new Stadium 2. Presented by esurance, the McEnroe Challenge for Charity is free to attend.
According to the BNP Paribas Open website:
“McEnroe will play Courier in best of three sets singles match (Super Tie-Break played for the third set), followed by McEnroe and Fleming playing Courier and Leach in a nine game doubles pro-set. Each player and doubles team will represent a designated local charity, and 100 percent of the prize money earned – $40,000 for singles ($25,000 for the winner, $15,000 for the loser) and $40,000 for doubles ($25,000 for the winning team, $15,000 for the losing team) – will be donated to the charity the player or team represents. The four charities are the War Casualty Fund, Childhelp USA, Eisenhower Medical Center and Family YMCA of the Desert.”
For the first time in years, tennis superstar Serena Williams is expected to play in the popular Riverside county event. Additional players slated to compete include Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Maria Sherapova, Andy Murray, Jelena Jankovic and Caroline Wozniacki.
Qualifying begins Monday, March 3 with first round action starting Wednesday, March 5. BNP Paribas Open finals will be held Sunday, March 16.