SUNDAY MARCH 5th: Dominic Thiem plays soccer at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on Sunday, March 5th, 2023 in Indian Wells. (Kathryn Riley/BNP Paribas Open)
The flowers are in bloom, the players are in town and the Indian Wells Tennis Garden is buzzing with excitement for the 2023 BNP Paribas Open. But there’s more to this event than the world-class tennis played on court – here’s a snapshot of some of the cool moments happening off court and around the grounds. We’ve got you covered with our Postcards From Paradise!
Ok, maybe they weren’t wearing proper soccer attire, but the two topspin-loving Grand Slam champions took a little break from the practice courts for some pick-up soccer on the lawns of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Pretty sure both could have had impressive soccer careers if they weren’t already tennis aces.
Well, look who it is. 👀
A fan favorite wherever he goes, talented Frenchman Gael Monfils is back in action after several months rehabbing a foot injury sustained last season. But by his own account, the injury has been a blessing in disguise, allowing him to spend more time with his newborn daughter Skaï and fellow tennis-player wife Elina Svitolina.
It’s been uncharacteristically chilly (by Indian Wells standards) this year, and while it still feels every bit like Tennis Paradise at ground level, the picturesque mountains on the horizon are looking a little more alpine than usual.
Where else can you get unparalleled access to practice courts, special activities and (of course) selfies with your favourite players? At the BNP Paribas Open, it’s not a rare occurrence to walk right by one of the world’s best tennis players on your way to grab a quick refreshment.
We caught this adorable moment at the practice lawn on Sunday – not-so-little Leo gives his mum a kiss on the cheek after a fun soccer session to cap off a nice day of practice for the two time BNP Paribas Open champion.