Due to concerns surrounding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the 2020 BNP Paribas Open was not held. The health and safety of the local community, fans, players, volunteers, sponsors, employees, vendors, and everyone involved with the tournament is of the utmost importance, and the decision to not hold the event followed the guidance of medical professionals, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the State of California.
The 2019 BNP Paribas Open set multiple attendance records, highlighted by a record 475,372 fans on-site at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden over the course of the two-week event. Since the opening of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in 2000, more than 6.7 million fans have experienced why the event is known around the world as Tennis Paradise! The action on the court did not disappoint, as teenage sensation Bianca Andreescu burst onto the scene in a big way, becoming the first-ever female wild card to win the title at Indian Wells by defeating Angelique Kerber 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. On the men’s side, Austrian Dominic Thiem upset Roger Federer in the final 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 to claim his first Masters 1000 title.
Tennis Paradise was in Full Bloom this year! An extensive landscaping project that included over 60 new palm trees, hundreds of flowers, beautiful fountains and an overall enhanced garden experience was unveiled and local favorite eatery, Wally’s Desert Turtle, joined the incredible dining lineup. On court Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina celebrated his first Masters 1000 title with a three set win over Roger Federer 6-4, 6(8)-7, 7-6(2) and Japan’s Naomi Osaka made her presence known, defeating Daria Kasatkina of Russia 6-3, 6-2.
Indian Wells Tennis Garden debuted an impressive renovation, highlighted by the addition of more than 20 new dining options on site, including Wolfgang Puck’s Spago, a full-service 100-seat restaurant that overlooks the court on Stadium 1. Roger Federer celebrated his fifth tournament win, beating fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka in straight sets: 6-4, 7-5. Elena Vesnina was victorious over Svetlana Kuznetsova in three sets: 6-7 (6-8), 7-5, 6-4. The tournament generated over $406 million in economic impact.
Victoria Azarenka won her second title by defeating Serena Williams in straight sets (6-4, 6-4) and Novak Djokovic beat Milos Raonic in straight sets (6-2, 6-0) for a record-setting fifth tournament title.
Simona Halep beat Jelena Janković in three sets (2-6, 7-5, 6-4) and Novak Djokovic, once again, defeated Roger Federer in straight sets to celebrate his fourth title win, 6-3, 6-7 (5-7),6-2.
After only 10 months and 10 days of construction, a brand new, permanent 8,000-seat Stadium 2 opened this year, including a world-renowned Nobu restaurant overlooking the court. John McEnroe hosted the first McEnroe Challenge for Charity. Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer in three sets (3-6, 6-3, 7-6(7-3)) to celebrate his third win and Flavia Pennetta beat Agnieszka Radwanska in straight sets: 6-2, 6-1. Total tournament attendance surpassed 430,000 and generated over $373 million in economic impact.
Maria Sharapova won her second tournament title, beating Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets (6-2, 6-2) and Rafael Nadal celebrated his third tournament win, defeating Juan Martín del Potro (4-6, 6-3, 6-4). Both Sharapova and Nadal were reigning French Open champions.
The event became the only ATP/WTA combined event to offer $1 Million in prize money to each of its singles champions. Tennis legend Raymond Moore was also announced as the new CEO of both the tournament and Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Roger Federer returned to the winner’s circle with his fourth tournament win, this time over John Isner in straight sets, 7-6 (9-7), 6-3 and Victoria Azarenka improved her glittering start to the year to 23-0 and defeated Maria Sharapova in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3.
The BNP Paribas Open became, and remains, the only tournament in the world to offer the Hawkeye electronic line calling system on every match court. In a 2007 rematch with a different outcome, Novak Djokovic beat Rafael Nadal in three sets 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to win for the second time. The women’s title was won by Caroline Wozniacki who defeated Marion Bartoli in three sets: 6-1, 2-6, 6-3.