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Five Things to Watch for on Tuesday

Vasek Pospisil

by BNP Paribas Open

FREE-FOR-ALL: Fans can take advantage of free admission on Tuesday, with a full slate of qualifying-round action to take in.

MAIN EVENT: The big picture will begin to take shape for Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and the rest of the men’s field with the BNP Paribas Open Main Draw Ceremony. The festivities begin at 3 p.m. at Stadium Plaza.

QUALIFYING ANSWERS: Twelve main-draw slots are up for grabs on Tuesday as the BNP Paribas Open women’s qualifying draw wraps up action at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Among those in action will be 2015 US Open finalist Roberta Vinci of Italy (vs. Monica Niculescu), 2010 Wimbledon/US Open runner-up Vera Zvonareva, and 2009 US Open semifinalist Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium (vs. Jil Teichmann).

VASEK’S VICTORY: It was a year ago on the grounds of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden that Vasek Pospisil scored the most high-profile victory of his career, a shocking 6-4, 7-6(5) upset of world No. 1 Andy Murray. The Canadian returns to the desert to headline the men’s qualifying draw in 2018. The top seed will open against American Brandon Nakashima in Stadium 2. Joining the 2014 Wimbledon doubles champion (with Jack Sock) in the draw are 2006 Aussie Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis and Frenchman Nicolas Mahut, who famously battled American John Isner in the infamous 70-68-in-the-fifth marathon at Wimbledon in 2010.

CALFORNIA KID: There is no shortage of on-the-rise Americans to catch in qualifying action on Tuesday. But Californians will take particular interest in former UCLA standout Mackenzie McDonald. The 22-year-old, who swept the 2016 NCAA singles and doubles titles, recently pushed Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov to five sets at the Australian Open. Born in Piedmont, he trained in Berkeley, but now resides in Los Angeles.

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