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Courting Success

Dee Dee Felich will be honored for growing the game of tennis in the Coachella Valley at Rosie Casals & Jackie Cooper Team Tennis Pro-Am.


From her perch as assistant tournament director of the BNP Paribas Open for 35 years, Dee Dee Felich has seen the benefits of serving tennis to kids. “When kids involve themselves, in any sport really, it’s not just about the exercise, but also the relationships and contacts outside of the classroom or the home,” says Felich, who stepped down from

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And the Best Everer

Roger Federer, at 35, became the oldest champion at the BNP Paribas Open, surpassing by four years and two months Jimmy Connors, who won in 1984, at 31.

Bill Dwyre Tennis

You run out of things to write about Roger Federer. Adjectives get re-used. Superlatives become blasé. You try to keep some semblance of perspective about the closest thing to perfection that has ever gripped a tennis racket, and you still end up slobbering all over yourself. So, we will leave today’s lead paragraph, in best summary of Federer’s 6-4, 7-5

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Swiss Banks Win at Paribas

Elena Vesnina did the unexpected, outlasting the eighth-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova in a grueling three-hour match to win the BNP Paribas Open women's title.

Bill Dwyre Tennis

Neither rain nor snow nor sleet, nor heat so severe that it could have seared the bottoms of her tennis shoes, could keep Elena Vesnina from her appointed rounds with a crystal trophy and a check for $1,175,505 Sunday at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament. Vesnina is the unlikely women’s champion. She entered this highly prestigious tournament seeded 14th.

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Another Master Who Floats and Stings

BNP Paribas Open fans got their wish. Roger Federer is the the men's singles final at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

Bill Dwyre Tennis

From the moment the sun rose Saturday on the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament, it seemed like a Swiss can’t-miss. And that’s what it turned out to be. Sunday’s men’s final will match Switzerland’s Roger Federer against Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka. One press wag wondered if they’d play tennis or just have a yodel-off. Wawrinka started the day with an uneventful

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Eternal Indian Wells

A tournament like the BNP Paribas Open serves as a corrective, for both the perfect and the admiring imperfect.

Andrew Winer Tennis

If most of our lives are contests with what is within us as much as with what is without us, then each of us is two when we watch tennis—the person who dreams inside the person who acts. The person, that is, who dreams of hitting a ball the way a Nadal or Wawrrinka does, say, inside the person whose

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String Theories

Since his French Open victory, Stan Wawrinka has adopted – or, to retain the suggestion of passivity, been adopted by – color combinations of a visually stunning cacophony.

Geoff Dyer Tennis

We come to see tennis and tennis players, obviously, but it cannot escape our attention that these tennis players play tennis with tennis rackets and wear tennis apparel made by certain manufacturers. Their incomes derive not just from winning tennis matches but using and wearing these tennis items. For the top players every vestimentary choice – even down to hats,

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Roger That

In a match expected to be dripping in drama that never shed a drop, Roger Federer demolished Rafael Nadal in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open.

Bill Dwyre Tennis

In a match expected to be dripping in drama but never shed a drop, Roger Federer demolished Rafael Nadal Wednesday in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open. We were looking for something like 6-4, 6-7, 7-6. We got 6-2, 6-3. The 16,100-seat Indian Wells Garden main stadium was as packed as it will ever be for a late

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A Rivalry for the Ages

Thanks to the way the brackets were drawn at the BNP Paribas Open, an early round matchup between two longtime rivals, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, has materialized.

Bill Dwyre Tennis

The BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament brought a familiar GPS reading. For Rafael Nadal, Spain’s legendary lefty, the Road to Roger was mapped through another Spanish southpaw. In Monopoly, you have to pass go. In big-time pro tennis, Nadal has had to, in key moments, pass Fernando Verdasco. The journey and its history played out Tuesday, in 95-degree sunshine, on

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King Holds Court

Billie Jean King comes to the BNP Paribas Open to talk tennis, and brings the same message of inclusivity she has championed for nearly 50 years.

Bill Dwyre Tennis

Billie Jean King was at a tennis tournament Monday, the BNP Paribas Open Indian Wells. It has been a long time since any appearance she makes has been strictly about tennis. This was a press gathering concerning the transfer of King’s majority interest in World Team Tennis to businessmen, Mark Ein and Fred Luddy. This was supposed to be about

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BNP Paribas Open: ‘You Can’t Beat It’

Tennis' fifth major has refused to be outdone for these two weeks in March from top facilities, a star-studded field, and fan friendly weather.

Bill Dwyre Tennis

The event held each year in Indian Wells that attracts star players and nearly half a million spectators is not really a tennis tournament. It is a chamber-of-commerce postcard. Take Sunday at the BNP Paribas Open. It is the day after they have set a tournament attendance record for a single-day session. A total of 36,361 people went through the