The world of professional tennis has come a long way since the beginning of its open era in the late sixties….only forty years ago. And, almost at the same time, a professional men’s tournament was emerging in the Southern California desert. Located in the second largest market in the country, it has evolved into the 5th most attended tennis tournament in the world including the four Grand Slams. The BNP Paribas Open is a two-week combined ATP Masters Series and Sony Ericsson WTA Premier event featuring the top men and women professional players competing in a 96 singles draw and 32 doubles draw. The event is hosted at the magnificent Indian Wells Tennis Garden, located in the beautiful Southern California desert. Of the 22 sessions played, attendance is taken from only 20 sessions and in 2008 the event attracted over 330,000 tennis fans. The event provided over $5.5 million in prize money in 2008 and in 2009 it will offer equal prize money totaling $9 million.
"If you are a fan of the sport of tennis or just sport it is difficult not to be seduced by Charlie Pasarell’s dream in the desert. If this is not tennis Camelot, you can see it from here."
-Bill Dwyre, Past Sports Editor, Los Angeles Times
Indian Wells Tennis Garden: Charlie Pasarell’s vision together with his partner Raymond Moore, the late Mark McCormack and former partners, IMG to build a $78 million, 89 acre state-of the-art tennis stadium with private funding in 2000. Considered to be one of the most spectacular settings in the world, it is the second largest tennis stadium with 16,100 seats. The site includes a total of (22) courts, a year-round tennis club membership and is the host site for USTA and collegiate events outside of the professional tennis tournament. The beautiful landscaped grounds and stadium has also been the host site for musical artists Pavarotti, Bocelli, the Boston Pops, The Who, Tom Petty and the Eagles.
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March 16, 17 and 18, 2012
Renaissance Esmeralda Resort and Spa
44-400 Indian Wells Lane
Indian Wells, CA 92210
Ph # 760 773 4444
IWTG reservations: Linda Chaney 760 200 8426
Upon arrival, please proceed to the credentials office
to receive your VIP parking decal along with
credentials. Enter stadium off Miles avenue,
parking attendants will direct you to the credentials
Hennie Watson 760 275 9046
The Indian Wells Tennis Garden
78-200 Miles Avenue
Indian Wells, CA 92210
A two-tiered round robin tournament, played over two days, pairing 20 amateur tennis players with a current member of the ATP Tour or with one of the legends of tennis.
Arrivals throughout the day.
6:30 pm: Meet and greet, cocktail party in the PCF Pro/Am Tours, private center court suite, at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, Suite #201.
Attire: Resort Casual
9:00 am-12 noon: First two rounds of the tournament, Courts 7-8, 10-15
12 noon-5:00pm: Lunch and an opportunity to view the 2 men’s singles semi final matches and the ladies doubles final from the Charles Evan’s PCF Pro/Am Tours center court suite, #201.
6:30pm: Dinner and entertainment at the private residence of:
Mr. Jerry Weintraub
Big Horn Golf Club
255 Palowet Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92260
Attire: Resort casual
Transport will be available from the hotel to the Weintraub residence and returning back to the hotel.
9:00 am-12:00noon: Final two rounds of the PCF Tour event, finals and the trophy awards ceremony. Courts 7-8, 10-15
Noon: Enjoy lunch and the finals of the Indian Wells men’s and ladies singles championships from the private center court suite of the Charles Evan’s PCF Pro/Am Tour, #201.
ATP player services: Please contact Adele Robins 760 200 8337.
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