The BNP Paribas Open (also known as the Indian Wells Masters) is the first ATP Masters 1000 tournament of the year. It features both a men’s and women’s event and is one of the most popular tournaments on tour. In fact, it won the ATP 1000 tournament of the year for the 8th time!
Indian Wells is also a great area to visit and it is not often that you have a tennis tournament in such a unique area in the desert. The surroundings are incredible with the huge palm trees and impressive canyons.
That is why I’ve made this tournament guide so you can learn everything you need to about this wonderful tournament and you can plan your next trip to watch the BNP Paribas Open.
BNP Paribas Open
ATP Masters 1000
Indian Wells Tennis Garden
Indian Wells, California
8 Mar - 19 Mar
The BNP Paribas Open is an outdoor, hard court tournament played at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California.
The main court stadium called Stadium 1 has a seating capacity of 16,100 making it one of the largest in the world.
The tournament starts on the 8th of March 2023 and finishes on the 19th of March 2023.
The qualifying for the event occurs on the 6th and 7th of March 2023.
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Juan Martín del Potro
As it is the first ATP Masters 1000 of the year you can expect many big names to be entering.
With Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal unable to play, Carlos Alcaraz is the favorite at No.1 seed. But the likes of Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas aren’t going to make it easy for him.
All that we know is it’s going to be a great tournament.
To view the 2023 BNP Paribas Open draw head to the official ATP Tour website.
Prize Money $ USD
Prize Money $ USD
Round of 16
Round of 32
Round of 64
Round of 128
There are many different ticket packages on offer for the BNP Paribas Open 2023. Below I have listed the most popular:
These are your standard tickets. You can choose between grounds pass, reserved seating at stadium 3, reserved seating at stadium 2 or reserved seating at stadium 1. Each ticket will give you access to all of the outside courts which will have matches in the early stages of the tournament.
There are many different series packages on offer at the BNP Paribas Open 2023. Each package will give you access to all the matches happening during the tournament with different packages offering you different perks.
There are also travel packages on offer for the BNP Paribas Open 2023 which will give you access to the tournament as well as a variety of hotel accommodations on offer. Each package will include event transport, official souvenir gifting and on-site staff that will assist you during your stay in Indian Wells.
Also, the qualifying for the event which occurs on the 6th and 7th of March is free to attend.
To learn more about all the ticket packages on offer, visit the official BNP Paribas Open website.
There are many luxury hotels in Indian Wells on offer for you. However, if you are travelling on a budget I have found some cheaper alternatives that won’t break the bank.
- Motel 6-Indio, CA – Palm Springs: motel just a short drive from the tennis venue.
- Royal Plaza Inn: 3-star hotel with swimming pool.
- Motel 6-Rancho Mirage, CA – Palm Springs: motel just outside Indian Wells.
- Indian Wells Resort Hotel: luxury hotel with a huge swimming pool and a golf course.
- La Quinta Resort & Club, Curio Collection: incredible 5-star resort with a golf course and its own tennis court.
- JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa: stunning 5-star resort with beautiful views.
The main attraction in Indian Wells is the Indian Wells Tennis Garden which is home to the BNP Paribas Open however, there are other things you can do whilst staying in Indian Wells. It is also a three-hour drive from Los Angeles which you could visit at some point as well.
There are many great golf courses in Indian Wells but my favorite is the Indian Wells Golf Club.
It is kept in immaculate condition without well-maintained greens and fairways. The surroundings are stunning with the mountains in the background and palm trees all over the course. The courses are also a good challenge for any experienced golfer but are friendly enough that you’ll still have fun.
The golf club has a lovely restaurant and bar which is perfect for after a round on the course. There is also a golf pro shop with everything you could wish for from standard apparel to very high-end equipment.
If you get the chance to play here, it is definitely worth it.
Explore Palm Springs’ Indian Canyons with this Indian Canyons Tour.
A tour guide will pick you up in a jeep and take you on a hiking tour to the ancestral home of the Cahuilla tribes. You will get to admire the vast desert landscape as you ride along the rocky terrain whilst your tour guide teaches you about the rich history of the Cahuilla.
You will then take a short walk in the canyons where you will get to see traces of Native American settlements as well as a desert oasis.
This is a great experience and a good opportunity to get some photos to send back home.
Finish off the trip with a hot air balloon ride in Indian Wells.
You will get to see the amazing views over the Californian desert. This is the perfect place to do a hot air balloon ride if you’ve never done it before.
I’d definitely recommend doing it at either sunrise or sunset.
March is a great time of year to visit Indian Wells as it is typically a lot cooler. You can expect highs of around 27°C and lows of around 12°C.
Make sure to stay protected from the sun at all times with suncream and hats as you are still in the desert so it will be hot.
You can watch all the action of the BNP Paribas Open 2023 on TennisTV.
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