Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and defending champion Dominic Thiem are set to be the top three seeds when the BNP Paribas Open gets underway next week in Indian Wells. The draw for the first ATP Masters 1000 of the 2019 season will be made Tuesday afternoon at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, and main draw action will begin Thursday.
Djokovic is attempting to win this tournament for a record sixth time. Though he made an early exit last year, falling to Philipp Kohlschreiber in the third round, the World No. 1 returns to the Coachella Valley in top form. The Serbian has a perfect 18-0 season record, following triumphs at the inaugural ATP Cup, the Australian Open and last week at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. <!–"I will try to stay healthy and fit and have possibly [a] great Indian Wells [and] Miami," said Djokovic, who last won the BNP Paribas Open in 2016. “It hasn’t happened for the past three years for me there. I’m really motivated to do well.”–>
Nadal, a three-time BNP Paribas Open champion, also enters Indian Wells on a winning streak after recently claiming the ATP 500 title at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC. The World No. 2 owns a record 35 Masters 1000 titles, one more than Djokovic, in addition to a record 384 match wins at the Masters 1000 level.
Thiem, who reached a career-high No. 3 in the FedEx ATP Rankings on Monday, clinched his first ATP Masters 1000 title here last year as he battled back to defeat five-time champion Roger Federer 3-6, 6-3, 7-5. Thiem was one of three first-time Masters 1000 winners in 2019, along with Fabio Fognini (Monte-Carlo) and Daniil Medvedev (Cincinnati, Shanghai).
The 2020 field will feature 19 of the Top 20 players, including Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev, Matteo Berrettini, Gael Monfils and #NextGenATP Canadians Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime. Monfils, World No. 14 Andrey Rublev and No. 18 Cristian Garin have all won two ATP titles this season.
Here’s all you need to know about the Indian Wells tennis tournament: what is the schedule, where to watch, who has won and more.
Tournament Dates: 12-22 March 2020
Tournament Director: Tommy Haas
Draw Ceremony: Tuesday, 10 March 2020 at 1pm PT at Stadium Plaza
Schedule (View On Official Website)
* Qualifying: 10-11 March at 11am
* Main draw: Thursday, 12 March – Friday, 20 March at 11:00am and 6:00pm on all courts (Doubles main draw starts Friday, 13 March)
* Singles semi-finals: Saturday, 21 March at 11:00am and 1:00pm
* Doubles final: Saturday, 21 March, not before 5:00pm
* Singles final: Sunday, 22 March, not before 3:30pm
Venue: Indian Wells Tennis Garden
Main Court Seating: 16,100
Prize Money: USD $8,761,725 (Total Financial Commitment: USD $9,735,685)
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Honour Roll (Open Era)
Most Titles, Singles: Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer (5)
Most Titles, Doubles: Guy Forget (5)
Oldest Champion: Roger Federer, 35, in 2017
Youngest Champion: Boris Becker, 19, in 1987
Highest-Ranked Champion: No. 1 Jimmy Connors in 1976, Jim Courier in 1993, Pete Sampras in 1994-95, Lleyton Hewitt in 2002-03, Roger Federer in 2004-06, Rafael Nadal in 2009 and Novak Djokovic in 2015-16
Lowest-Ranked Champion (since 1982): No. 143 Larry Stefanki in 1985
Most Match Wins: Roger Federer (66)
Hot Shots From 2019 BNP Paribas Open
Singles:  Dominic Thiem (AUT) d  Roger Federer (SUI) 36 63 75 Read & Watch
Doubles: Nikola Mektic (CRO) / Horacio Zeballos (ARG) d  Lukasz Kubot (POL) / Marcelo Melo (BRA) 46 64 10-3 Read More
Did You Know… The BNP Paribas Open has been voted by players as the best ATP Masters 1000 tournament for a record-breaking sixth time in the 2019 ATP Awards. Stadium 1 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden is the second largest in the world, with more than 16,000 seats and 44 suites. In 2014, the tournament debuted a brand new, permanent 8,000-seat Stadium 2, which offers spectators a chance to dine at Nobu while watching the action on court. The BNP Paribas Open is the only tournament to feature Hawk-Eye on all match courts for both main draw and qualifying matches.
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