For a record-setting sixth straight year, the BNP Paribas Open has been voted the ATP Tour Masters 1000 and WTA Premier Mandatory Tournament of the Year, as determined by player vote. The BNP Paribas Open, the largest WTA and ATP Tour combined two-week event in the world, has swept Tournament of the Year honors on both the men’s and women’s Tours each year since 2014.
“We are truly grateful to both the ATP and WTA players for voting us “Tournament of the Year” for the sixth straight year,” Tournament Director Tommy Haas said. “With so many outstanding events on both Tours, we take great pride in this achievement, which is only made possible by the commitment of our entire team here in Indian Wells. We are already hard at work to ensure that the 2020 event is the best yet, and we look forward to welcoming everyone back to Tennis Paradise this March.”
The 2019 BNP Paribas Open saw Austrian Dominic Thiem capture his maiden Masters 1000 title, defeating five-time champion Roger Federer in an instant classic. On the women’s side, Canadian break-out star Bianca Andreescu became the first-ever female wild card to win the Indian Wells title. Her unprecedented victory in the desert set the stage for the 19-year-old’s first Grand Slam title at the US Open later in the season, matching a feat achieved by Naomi Osaka in 2018.
Tennis Paradise – as the BNP Paribas Open has come to be known throughout the tennis community – is beloved by players, fans and media alike. With the stunning natural beauty and backdrop of the Coachella Valley highlighted by the world-class players who participate in the event, the award-winning tournament has become a must-see destination for tennis fans around the world. The Indian Wells Tennis Garden is widely recognized as one of the premier venues in all of sports, with unparalleled dining options; top-notch player facilities and amenities; and plentiful practice courts that let fans get up-close and personal with their favorite stars. The BNP Paribas Open remains the only tournament in the world to have Hawk-Eye on all match courts for both main draw and qualifying matches.
The Masters 1000 designation is the highest category on the ATP Tour, outside of the ATP Tour Finals, and includes the tournaments in Miami, Monte Carlo, Madrid, Rome, Cincinnati, Canada, Shanghai, and Paris, in addition to Indian Wells. The Premier Mandatory designation is the highest category on the WTA, outside of the Tour Finals, and includes the tournaments in Miami, Madrid, and Beijing.