The 2022 edition of Tennis Paradise has arrived and the Coachella Valley is once again the epicenter of the tennis universe in Spring. Legendary icons, surging stars, and unheralded newcomers have descended on the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, with their sights set on raising the trophy here in the desert.
2021 Champion Cameron Norrie is clearly enjoying his first few days back in Tennis Paradise, as he took to Stadium Plaza to unveil his champions mural that forever ingrains him in BNP Paribas Open history.
This is sick. pic.twitter.com/dj98xRcTIo
— Cameron Norrie (@cam_norrie) March 9, 2022
3-time champion Rafael Nadal is back in the desert for the first time since 2019, and the Spaniard took to Stadium 1 to get a feel for the courts and conditions, as he attempts to remain unbeaten throughout his incredible start to the 2022 season.
— BNP Paribas Open (@BNPPARIBASOPEN) March 6, 2022
World No. 10 Ons Jabeur took part in the 2022 Eisenhower Cup on Stadium 2 on Tuesday, and while she wasn’t able to claim the victory on-court, she thrilled the crowds by turning into a part-time photographer to help capture the moment.
Tennis player, photographer, commentator… What's next for me? Let me know! 🧐😂
So much fun at #TieBreakTens yesterday 🙌 pic.twitter.com/7CwrCQSIcW
— Ons Jabeur (@Ons_Jabeur) March 9, 2022
Defending women’s singles champion Paula Badosa has been soaking in the sun throughout the first week in Tennis Paradise, as she returns to the stomping grounds of her biggest career title just five months after her incredible title run. Time will tell if Badosa has another awe-inspiring run in store for 2022.
It's good to be back 💚#IndianWells @paulabadosa pic.twitter.com/BdxhaW6gzJ
— BNP Paribas Open (@BNPPARIBASOPEN) March 5, 2022
Speaking of surprising champions who were catapulted into superstardom on the backs of a performance in Tennis Paradise, 2018 tournament champion Naomi Osaka is back in the desert after missing the tournament’s first-ever fall edition last October. The former World No. 1 has already made her presence known, participating in the 2022 Eisenhower Cup as well as bringing her adorable dog Butta along for the ride.
After 2 years it’s nice to back 🥰🎾🌴 @BNPPARIBASOPEN pic.twitter.com/4wWVWhXZfs
— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@naomiosaka) March 6, 2022
Butta says hi 🎾🐶💕 pic.twitter.com/M4pLPtHV0E
— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@naomiosaka) March 8, 2022