Last week saw the conclusion to the 2019 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California. This exciting tournament is classified as an ATP Tour Masters 1000 event for the ATP & a Premier Mandatory event for the WTA. All top 75 ranked men and women were included in the initial entry list and the competition was fierce from the very beginning.
Last years men’s champion Juan Martin Del Potro had to withdraw before the tournament began due to a knee injury however the reigning women’s champion, and recent two-time grand slam champion, Naomi Osaka was in attendance in an attempt to re-claim her crown.
The tournament gave opportunities to many up and coming American players to show their skills and abilities and many played top tier tennis with things looking bright for the future ahead through the continued support of the USTA.
In the men’s final Roger Federer matched up against surprise finalist Dominic Thiem who had performed superbly to reach the championship match. Many expected Roger Federer to cruise to victory following a walkover semi-final win against Rafael Nadal who had to withdraw due to injury. What might have been expected to be a straight forward contest was anything but and Dominic Thiem was able to fight off crucial break points in the final set and break Roger’s serve to secure the championship and cap off an astounding tournament for him. In the women’s 18 year old Canadian Bianca Andreescu played Angelique Kerber of Germany in what was again (on paper) a David vs. Goliath contest in favor of Angelique. Bianaca had become the first wildcard entrant to reach the finals in Indian Wells history and in the final match she won a tight three set battle to secure her first tour victory. In the men’s doubles Nikola Mektic & Horacio Zeballos defeated Lukaz Kubot & Marcelo Melo 4-6, 6-4, (10-3) and in the women’s doubles Elise Mertens & Aryna Sabalenka defeated Barbora Krejcikova & Katerina Siniakova 6-3, 6-2. Photos of all this years winners can be see in the gallery below.
Coverage of the tournament was available through The Tennis Channel and ESPN in the United States and the level of quality put on display throughout the tournament, from the qualifiers through to the finals, has left tennis fans excited for the continuing season ahead and what is to come. On the men’s side alone this year there have been different winners at each of the major tournaments meaning that the year is wide open for breakout stars and returning greats to capture glory.
To see a video highlight of the competition click on the video below.