All eyes are on the California desert as the first Masters 1000 event of the season is taking place this week in Indian Wells. The BNP Paribas Open is one of our favorite tournaments of the year to watch.
This Week’s Tournament
BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, CA
The Americans have been making a splash at the tournament so far. 18-year-old Francis Tiafoe, one of the ATP World Tour’s #NextGen stars, was impressive in taking out Taylor Fritz and then playing a close match against world #18 David Goffin. He may have lost but the match proved he could go toe-to-toe with a top 20 player. Pittsburgh native Bjorn Fratangelo was also impressive in his match against Novak Djokovic, taking the first set 6-2 (no easy task) and fighting until the very end. Be sure to catch fellow Americans John Isner, Sam Querrey, Stevie Johnson and Jack Sock in action today.
Jack Sock For President
Babolat launched a brilliant new campaign with the rising American star Jack Sock that we can totally rally behind. Watch his “campaign” video below and make sure you sign up for a “S.O.C.K” at JackSockForPresident.com to show your support for #SockIn16! We’re looking forward to a showdown between Jack and Dominic Thiem later today. Let’s rally, America.
Grigor Dimitrov Hot Shot
Grigor lost in the 2nd round to another #NextGen player, Alexander Zrevev. (We don’t want to talk about it.) But not before hitting this crazy leaping behind the back shot. Teach us your skillz.
Nadal vs Verdasco
Verdasco may have beaten Rafa in the 1st round of the Australian Open earlier this year, but there’s no bad blood between the two. The teamed up for doubles in Indian Wells, loosing to the Bryan Brothers in an entertaining match. They’ll face off against each other again today, 3rd on Stadium 1. Will Rafa get revenge?
header photo from BNP Paribas Open