The BNP Paribas Open has been voted both the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Tournament of the Year and the WTA Premier Mandatory Tournament of the Year for the third consecutive year. Both awards are determined by player vote.
“As a player, I can understand why this event has been named “Tournament of the Year” by both the ATP Tour and the WTA for three straight years,” said Tournament Director Tommy Haas. “Now as a member of the Indian Wells team, I have even more respect for the countless hours of planning and dedication that the entire staff contributes to make the BNP Paribas Open one of the best sporting events in the world. We remain focused on improving the event every year and hope to make the 2017 edition even more memorable.”
When current owner Larry Ellison purchased the event in 2009, his first major investment was to install Hawk-Eye on all match courts. The BNP Paribas Open is the only tournament in the world to have Hawk-Eye on all match courts for both main draw and qualifying matches.
An ambitious expansion project began immediately following the 2013 tournament, including the construction of an 8,000-seat Stadium 2, which features three permanent restaurants, including world-renowned Nobu. The Indian Wells Tennis Garden also remains extremely fan-friendly, offering unsurpassed player access and free Wi-Fi throughout the grounds.
The Indian Wells Tennis Garden will also feature several improvements for the 2017 BNP Paribas Open. In an effort to enhance the overall fan experience in the second largest tennis stadium in the world, existing Stadium 1 concessions will be upgraded and expanded. Four premium walk-in concessions, similar to Stadium 2, will be added to the main concourse allowing for the introduction of new food concepts and a greater menu variety. In addition, concessions will be created for the second suite level and the upper bowl.
Both designations, Masters 1000 (men) and Premier Mandatory (women), are the highest categories on each Tour, outside of the Tour Finals. The Masters 1000 category includes the tournaments in Miami, Monte Carlo, Madrid, Rome, Cincinnati, Canada, Shanghai, and Paris, while Premier Mandatory includes tournaments in Miami, Madrid and Beijing.