Former UCLA men's tennis player Nicolas Meister won the BNP Paribas Challenge, defeating Mikhail Ledovskikh 63 26 76 and earning a qualifying wildcard. In the women's draw, Taylor Townsend surged from 0-3 in 3rd to win, defeating Kenin 62 57 64 and also earned a qualifying wildcard.
The BNP Paribas Challenge is a pre-qualifying tournament to provide interested men and women tennis players the opportunity to earn a spot in the BNP Paribas Open Qualifying event. A description of the event format follows:
February 27 – March 4, 2017
Indian Wells Tennis Garden
128 Men and 128 Women
• First round through quarterfinal matches will be the best of three sets with a 10-point match tiebreak being played for the 3rd set.
• Semifinal and final matches will be the best of three sets.
• Champions will advance to the BNP Paribas Open Qualifying event to be held March 6–8, 2017.
Transportation & Hotel
Players will be responsible for their own travel arrangements and costs. The Indian Wells Resort Hotel is offering a special rate to all players in the BNP Paribas Challenge and is located just over a mile away for the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. The special rate is $99.00 plus $28 resort fee plus taxes per night. To book a room at this rate please call the hotel directly at 760-345-6466 or 800-248-3220 and mention “BNP Paribas Challenge”.
Registration, Deadline, & Information
Register here. All entries and fees must be received by Friday, February 17, 2017. For more information, please contact Tom Fey, Director of Tennis, Indian Wells Tennis Garden at 760-200-8200 ext 2 or firstname.lastname@example.org.