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March 9 - 22, 2020

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5 Things to Watch on Saturday

Friday, March 8, 2019 - Naomi Osaka practices during the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California. (Jared Wickerham/BNP Paribas Open)

by BNP Paribas Open
03/08/2019

1.

John Stanley King Band: Join us on the Village Stage from 5:00-7:00pm for the unique musical stylings of Coachella Valley award winning jazz, rock and blues artist John Stanley King!

2.

Oracle US Tennis Awards Presentation:The third annual Oracle US Tennis Awards, two $100,000 grants awarded annually to assist young American players as they transition from college to the professional ranks, will be presented by Oracle CEO Mark Hurd at the Village Stage after the second match of the day on Stadium 1.

3.

Emirates Day: It’s Emirates Day at the BNP Paribas Open! Keep your eyes open at the entry gates for a complimentary Emirates cap, and make sure to head in to Stadium 1 for the “Emirates Ball Flight” for a chance to win round-trip airfare from Los Angeles to Dubai.

4.

Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Felix Auger-Aliassime: You’d be hard pressed to find two young guns with more buzz surrounding them in 2019 than Stefanos Tsitsipas and Felix Auger-Aliassime. For the 20-year-old Ttsitsipas, he’s begun his season with an impressive semifinal run at the Australian Open followed by a final at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships – each of which have helped launch him into the world’s top-10. Across from him will be Canadian sensation Auger-Aliassime, who experienced his first moment in the spotlight just last month when he defeated Fabio Fognini and a handful of seasoned clay-courters en route to the final at the Rio Open. Tune it to see which one of these next generation superstars will ascend in the desert!

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Naomi Osaka vs Kristina Mladenovic: When Naomi Osaka arrived in Indian Wells a year ago, she was a respected yet unproven commodity on the WTA Tour. She was ranked in the mid-40s, but had never won a pro title, let alone a Premier Mandatory event like the BNP Paribas Open. Osaka returns a year later as the defending champion and world No. 1, having reeled off major wins in New York and Melbourne. Now for the first time in her career, she has a title to defend. She opens the journey against Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic, who defeated Osaka just last month in the Japanese’s first ever match as world No. 1. Don’t miss any of the action Saturday night on Stadium 1!

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