Found March 08, 2013 on Tennis Grand Stand:
March 8, 2013 — Tennis top stars and past BNP Paribas Open champions Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Ana Ivanovic and Victoria Azarenka took part in the groundbreaking for the Indian Wells Tennis Garden expansion project on Friday. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, BNP Paribas Open tournament owner Larry Ellison, Ana Ivanovic, Victoria Azarenka, and Novak Djokovic The official groundbreaking ceremony involved numerous local dignitaries, including BNP Paribas Open tournament CEO Raymond Moore as well as Indian Wells mayor Mary Roche. WTA CEO Stacey Allaster was also on hand. Ana Ivanovic, Victoria Azarenka, Larry Ellison, WTA CEO Stacey Allaster Back in February, the Desert Sun reported that the Indian Wells City Council approved the plans for the $70 million expansion project on the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Plans are in place for a new 8,000-seat stadium with 2,000 parking spaces. Construction is expected to begin following the 2013 event, March 17. Officials expect the...

Nadal slams ATP over new rules

Rafael Nadal, back on a hard court for the first time in 344 days, played well enough to beat Ryan Harrison 7-6, 6-2 in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open. But he produced a far more compelling performance in the post-match news conference. Maybe seven months away from the game with knee problems has sharpened his opinions. He was certainly not short of a few here. Listen...

Photos: Novak Djokovic Plays Shirtless Soccer at the BNP Paribas Open

Novak Djokovic is never one to refuse a game of soccer on the field of the BNP Paribas Open - and this time Nole fans, not only do we have him running around with his tennis buddies (and RedFoo), but we have him SHIRTLESS!  Now, when you see the picture of him on the ground, please don't worry, he was just pretending to fall and fake an injury so his team could win the point.  Enjoy!

Roger Federer in Indian Wells 2013. New tennis fashion by Nike.

Nike has created this ensemble for Roger Federer in Indian Wells. It's actually Federer's Australian Open look with a change of colors (compare and contrast kids; are you thinking Photoshop too?). Left is the Nike Men's Spring 2 Premier RF Polo in deep royal blue with accents of total orange and white, $90. Sooooo handsome. It also comes in total orange with white, a...

Photos: The Federer/Nadal Bromance is Intact

What happens when you get two of the best tennis players EVER on one court?  Well, when Roger Federer was finishing his practice on Court 2 and Rafael Nadal was about to start practice on the same court, fans got a special treat!  But.....would they see any tension between the two rivals and future Hall of Fame inductees?

Nadal beats Federer at Indian Wells

Lured by the anticipation of another duel between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, fans packed the main stadium at the BNP Paribas Open on a sultry evening in the desert. After all, it was the first time in ATP Tour history that two players with 28 Grand Slam titles between them were meeting up. What resulted, however, wasn't vintage Nadal vs. Federer. With Nadal recovering...

Photos: Behind-the-Scenes at Roger Federer's Wilson Photo Shoot

Wilson has a birthday coming up, a 100th birthday!!!  To celebrate their 100th anniversary, Wilson filmed a TV spot, called called "A Whole New Generation" with Roger Federer and three members of Wilson's Junior Tennis Team, and they graciously gave us some behind-the-scenes photos.

Video: Victoria Azarenka Takes on Wall Ball and a Fashion Shoot for Red Bull

Red Bull recently chronicled Victoria Azrarenka's weekend in NYC, which included taking on Tim "Timbo" Gonzalez, the #1 wall ball player in the world and the US national champion, in a match on NYC's popular hand ball courts. After her on-court adventures, Azarenka slipped into more fashionable attire for a fun photo shoot, which included dancing and jumping...

Nadal wins in hardcourt return

Rafael Nadal, playing on a hard court for the first time in almost a year, defeated Ryan Harrison 7-6 (3), 6-2 in a second-round match at the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday. Nadal, a two-time champion at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, had missed seven months because of a left knee injury and hadn't played on a hard court since March 29, 2012. The Spanish star returned to the...

Which Would You Rather: Hot Pants Edition

There have been some interesting choices for practice gear here at the 2013 BNP Paribas Open.  We caught Victoria Azarenka (above) on the court with her Nike two-toned hot pants, and Ana Ivanovic (below) with neon yellow Adidas zebra print hot pants (say that three times fast).  So, the question begs to be asked......whose pants do you like better?

Disco in the Desert: Indian Wells Players’ Party

Players like Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, and Victoria Azarenka took time out of their busy schedules on Thursday evening to walk the “green” carpet at the IW Club for the annual BNP Paribas Open players’ party. This years theme? Disco. But don’t expect many disco themed outfits. As usual, the green carpet saw everything from players in jeans and sweatshirts to mini skirts...

Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Andy Murray hit the BNP Paribas Open Practice Courts

March 7, 2013 — With many of the top tennis players having already been in Indian Wells, CA for days, it’s no surprise to see fans flock out to the practice sessions of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray even before each player starts their official bid for the title. With all three players having a bye in the first round, Roger Federer will open up against the winner...

Nadal Returns to Hardcourt with Indian Wells Win; Still Unhappy with 25-Second Rule

  (March 9, 2013) No. 5 Rafael Nadal returned to the hardcourt for first time in almost a year by defeating American Ryan Harrison 7-6 (3), 6-2 in the  second round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells on Saturday. The Spaniard had been off the tour with a left knee injury for seven [...]

ITF Release 2012 Testing Summary

By Lisa-Marie Burrows Roger Federer backs the ITFs decision for more testing. (Photo credit: Getty Images) “Last year, through the Dubai, Rotterdam and Indian Wells swing where I won all three, I didn’t get tested once. That shouldn’t be OK.” At the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Roger Federer once again shared his thoughts about doping and testing. He revealed that in...

BNP Paribas Open – Saturday Results, Sunday Schedule

BNP PARIBAS OPEN Indian Wells, CA, USA March 6-17, 2013 Hard/Outdoors Results – Saturday, March 9, 2013 WTA Singles – Second Round (1) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 64 61 (4) Angelique Kerber (GER) d. Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) 63 62 (7) Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. (WC) Madison Keys (USA) 63 64 (8) Caroline [...]

Maria Sharapova puts her HEAD Graphene Instinct to the Ultimate Racquet Test.

Silliness, but whatever, I need entertainment until I get to Indian Wells. Watch for an appearance by Novak Djokovic.
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