As the best stars in the world descend on Indian Wells for the BNP Paribas Open, a handful of them see the tournament as a homecoming of sorts: They’re the California natives on tour.
You don’t have to look far in professional tennis to find a player that is tied in one way or another to the great state of California.
A handful of them will return for the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells next month, including Compton natives Serena and Venus Williams, Camarillo’s own Bob and Mike Bryan, and a host of other players that grew up throughout the state.
That list includes Steve Johnson, Sam Querrey, CoCo Vandeweghe, CiCi Bellis and Vania King, all who are set to play in the respective main draws of the men’s and women’s events.
It’s Vandeweghe, who was born in the San Diego area, that made headlines last month with her spirited run to the Australian Open semifinals in singles, the first of her career at a Grand Slam, taking out defending champion and world No. 1 Angelique Kerber along the way.
She – along with fellow American Bethanie Mattek-Sands – is defending champion in doubles in Indian Wells, as well.
Johnson is the USC Trojan college standout who won two individual NCAA titles (in 2011 and 2012), in addition to helping the team to four consecutive national titles as a player.
The Williams sisters have no doubt been fan favorites since their return to the BNP Paribas Open in the last couple of years, and the Bryan brothers delighted crowds when they finally won in Indian Wells in 2013, then followed that up with a trophy in 2014, as well.
This will also mark the first time fans in Southern California will see Bellis on the court in Indian Wells. The 17 year old was a breakout star at the U.S. Open in 2014 and has worked her way up to a ranking of No. 73 in the world.
Are you going to be one of those Californians – or a fan from anywhere – seeing the state’s best from up close at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden next month? Tickets are still available. Come join us!