Listen to 2014 Player & Guest Interviews
The BNP Paribas Open is excited to announce the integration of “BNP Paribas Open Radio” – where fans from across the globe can listen in to the exciting action across all 12 days of main draw play.
The service brought to you by the BBC Commentary Team of Russell Fuller, Nick Lester, Philip Studd and Gigi Salmon will provide live play-by-play commentary of main stadium matches. Colorful match summary will be provided throughout the 12 days of coverage by Mark Woodforde, Corina Morariu, Jimmy Arias, Mary Pierce and more!
BNP Paribas Open Radio – 2014 Team
Russell became the BBC's tennis correspondent in August of last year, having covered numerous Grand Slam events over the last few years. He was commentating for the BBC World Service when Andy Murray ended Britain's drought to win the Wimbledon men's singles title last July. He has also covered the Sydney, Athens, Beijing and London Olympics, as well as the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Russell has also commentated on many golf events for the BBC, including the Masters and Ryder Cup.
Nick moved into broadcasting after a stint playing tennis professionally where he attained a top 20 British ranking. He has covered all the Grand Slams for a mixture of radio and television and this summer will be his 11th Wimbledon behind the microphone. During the rest of the year, Nick can often be heard on the Tennis channel covering the ATP Masters 1000 and 500 events from all over the world.
Philip is returning to Indian Wells for the fifth time, having followed Andy Murray's progress at the BNP Paribas Open from 2009-11 for BBC Radio and the World Service. He has covered eight Wimbledon championships in all - his first back in 2000 - the year after he joined the BBC. He has also commentated at two US Opens, the Cincinnati and Montreal ATP Masters 1000 events, several Queens Club tournaments and the recent Davis Cup tie between USA and Great Britain.
Gigi works across numerous sports including tennis for which she has a great passion and was privileged to be commentating on Andy Murray's historic Wimbledon win in 2013. Another highlight was covering all 11 hours and 5 minutes of the 70-68 epic between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut, which she describes as a long but enjoyable 3 days! Gigi spends a lot of the year working on English Premier League soccer but when Spring comes around she can be found watching over the clay courts of Roland Garros, before switching to the grass and this summer will be back on the lawns of Wimbledon with BBC Radio.
A former pro, Morariu made her first appearance in International Tennis Federation Circuit events in 1994 as a singles player and broke into the top 50 for the first time in 1998. In 2000 she became world No. 1 in doubles and won the BNP Paribas Open doubles title with Lindsay Davenport. In 2001, after earning her second Grand Slam doubles title at the Australian Open, Morariu was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia and withdrew from the tour for the rest of the season. Following chemotherapy in 2002, she returned to competition in doubles and received the WTA's first "Corina Comeback Award". Since her retirement from the professional game, Morariu serves as a Tennis Channel analyst at tournaments across the globe.
Woodforde holds 67 doubles titles (including the 1996 BNP Paribas Open), four singles titles and five mixed doubles crowns. He held down the No. 1 ranking for 84 weeks during his career and upon retirement in December 2000, he was holding the No. 1 individual ranking plus the No. 1 team ranking with Woodbridge. As a 10-year member of the Australian Davis Cup team (1988, 1989, 1993-2000), he participated in three finals (1993, 1999, 2000), helping clinch the trophy in 1999. Woodforde won each leg of the Grand Slam in men's doubles as well as in mixed doubles. He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2010 and was presented with his Hall of Fame ring at the 2012 BNP Paribas Open.
Mary Pierce won four Grand Slam tournament titles over the span of her career and achieved a career high ranking of world No. 3 in singles and doubles. She captured her first major title at the 1995 Australian Open, and in 2000 she won both the singles and doubles titles at Roland Garros, becoming the first French woman to claim the singles title since Frankie Durr in 1967. She was also a four-time runnerr up at Grand Slams. Known for her hard-hitting game, Pierce won 18 singles titles and compiled a record of 511-237 over her career. In addition, she captured 10 doubles titles and had a career record of 197-116. Pierce was also a member of the French Fed Cup team for 10 years and she played an important role in helping the nation win their two titles in 1997 and 2003.
Jimmy Arias is a former top 10 ranked tennis player. At 15 years of age, he became the youngest player ever to achieve a world ranking. At 16, in 1980, he turned pro and became the youngest player to win a main draw singles match at the US Open. Within two years, Arias had risen into the world’s Top 20. He received the ATP’s Most Improved Player award in 1983, when he finished the year as World No. 6 to qualify for the Masters (January 1984), with four titles, including the Italian Open and a run to the US Open semifinals. The next season he reached a career-high World No. 5 ranking. He was a member of the United States Davis Cup team from 1983-87, and won the 1982 Roland Garros mixed doubles title with Andrea Jaeger. Today, Arias serves as a commentator for ESPN International and Tennis Channel.