For the first time in three years, the BNP Paribas Open was held in its traditional March spot on the tennis calendar. Fans and players alike enjoyed a return to the Tennis Paradise atmosphere that they have come to know and love, and the on-court action did not disappoint. Surging star Iga Swiatek powered her way through the women’s draw, capturing her fifth career WTA title by defeating Maria Sakkari in the final, 6-4, 6-3. On the men’s side, Southern California native Taylor Fritz upset three-time champion Rafael Nadal, who was unbeaten on the season until that point. Fritz’s 6-3, 7-6(5) victory snapped a 21-year title drought by Americans at the BNP Paribas Open.
After a two-and-a-half year hiatus, the BNP Paribas Open returned in 2021 for the first-ever fall edition of Tennis Paradise! Fans once again enjoyed the thrilling on-court action, unparalleled atmosphere, and exquisite dining options that make the Indian Wells Tennis Garden one of the most spectacular sports and entertainment venues in the world. In a wide open player field, Spain’s Paula Badosa captured the women’s title with a thrilling 7-6(5), 2-6, 7-6(2) victory over Victoria Azarenka, while Great Britain’s Cameron Norrie celebrated his first Masters 1000 title with a three set win over Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.