Tournament Play in Indian Wells After Double Delay

Tennis fans rejoice! After a 31-month pandemic delay, the 2021 BNP Paribas Open returns to Indian Wells Tennis Garden with seats open for spectators. The 2020 BNP Paribas Open made history when it became the first major American sports event to be canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak. The tournament was rescheduled for March and then pushed back to October.

The biggest names in tennis are expected to play Oct. 4-17, 932 days since professional tennis was last on the courts in March 17, 2019.

“We are ecstatic to have the opportunity to hold the BNP Paribas Open in October and bring professional tennis back to the desert,” said tournament director Tommy Haas. 

Why don’t you stay?

Whether fans are only able to take in a day or two of play or plan to spend two amazing tennis-filled weeks at 2021 BNP Paribas Open, it’s beneficial to make Rancho Mirage your home base for the return of this tournament.

With two weeks full of tennis and the ability to get out to see live professional sports again, you’ll want to stick around and enjoy all that Rancho Mirage has to offer, including numerous Rancho Mirage restaurants that are open for indoor and outdoor dining. Plus, you can create your own retreat at one of the many Rancho Mirage resorts with spacious rooms, poolside patios, private villas and other options, including on-site tennis courts, to suit all your needs.  

Consider a stay at Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa where there are 23 tennis courts and 6 pickleball courts that await you. The facility is one of Tennis Magazine’s Top 50 USA Tennis Resorts as well as Tennis Resorts Online’s Top 25 tennis resorts in the world. Plus, with seven lit courts, you can play any time day or night. Prefer poolside? Enjoy the waterslides, a meandering lazy river, and a sandy beach. Or take in a round of golf on one of three palm tree-lined golf courses.

At The Ritz-Carlton – Rancho Mirage, relax in the luxury of the spa, reserve a VIP-style cabanas with poolside dining or take advantage of the state-of-the-art fitness center with personal training and yoga classes.

Or book a room at Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa where the tennis program has been ranked in the Top 50 Tennis Resorts in the World by Tennis Resorts Online since 2016. Seven lighted courts here also allow for evening play. Rather go “fore” it? Hit the links on the on-property championship 18-Hole Pete Dye Golf Course. Then relax and rejuvenate with a massage, spa facial, body wrap or manicure and pedicure. 

Philippe Dore, the chief marketing officer at the BNP Paribas Open said he “couldn’t be happier for the valley. I think we’ve all been waiting for this, and it’s going to be an awesome fall.”

Tickets on sale

Often called the “5th major,” the largest ATP Tour and WTA combined two-week event is one of the biggest tournaments of the year and features the very best men and women players in the world.

Single session tickets, ticket packages, suite and hotel packages for the event opened up as of  July 7  and there is not a limit on the number of fans who may attend the tournament. In 2019, there was a record-setting 475,372 fans in attendance over the two weeks. 

There are a number of ticket options available for a variety of schedules and budgets.  

  • Single Sessions: Great for fans visiting on non-consecutive days or those who are only able to stay for a day or two.
  • Evening Sessions: Watch the play when it’s the cooler part of the day.
  • Daily Doubles: These tickets allow fans to come for the day session and stay for the evening session.
  • Mini Packages: Planning to attend just a few consecutive days? Ensure you make the most out of a shorter visit and secure the same preferred seat location for multiple sessions. Mini Packages are available for multiple, reserved seat types in Stadium 1.
  • Series Packages: The perfect option for the tennis lover who cannot imagine missing a single day of the 2021 BNP Paribas Open. A Series Package guarantees your favorite seat at every match at every session on every day. Select from a variety of seating options in Stadiums 1-3 and receive early notification of special events and offers additional perks such as premium parking and a complimentary souvenir program.
  • Group Packages: Perhaps you’ve had a “pandemic pod” with whom you’ve enjoyed activities? Then you know nothing is better than watching tennis with friends. This is an ideal option for family or friends of 10 or more per session. 
  • Luxury Suites: Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience with your group and get the most out of your time in Tennis Paradise, including indoor and outdoor seating, full air-conditioning, private restrooms, customized food and beverage service, and flat screen television with live broadcasts and updates of all match courts.
  • Hotel Packages: These passes are designed to meet the needs of every kind of traveler and include hotel accommodations, tickets in Stadium 1, shuttle service from most hotels, the official tournament program and daily draw sheets. 

NOTE: Any fan who already purchased tickets for the 2020 BNP Paribas Open and still has them, you can: get a refund, use them in the fall, or use them in March for when the 2022 BNP Paribas Open returns to its regularly scheduled month. 

Health and safety

To ensure the health and safety of everyone involved with the event fans, players, sponsors, media, vendors, and staff enhanced safety precautions will be in place at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. This will include social distancing protocols based on the current guidelines at the time of the tournament. 

Additionally, a shot will be necessary.  “We prioritize health and safety, and that’s part of our strategic decision to require vaccination for our major event,” said Philippe Dore, marketing director for the BNP Paribas Open and the Tennis Garden.

Because situations change daily, BNP Paribas Open staff provides a website page with information, promises transparency and clarity, and will answer fan questions or concerns.

Applications for volunteers are being accepted for this event. There are a variety of positions available, and volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of 48 hours of service during the tournament. Registration opens July 19, 2021.

With California getting back to normal and restrictions lifted, there’s no better time to book a stay to take in world-class tennis and so much more.

To prepare yourself for October, flip through the photo gallery and take a look back at some of the biggest moments from the 2019 tournament.