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BNP Paribas Open, 2017

By DownTheTee | March 19, 2017

Coachella Valley Awash in Fuzzy Yellow Tennis Balls Has Sharapova’s Time Been Well Served? Say Hello to Kayla Day Changes on Horizon for Davis Cup … Hopefully Venus Ebony Starr Williams Back in California Desert Federer Beats Nadal Again, Faces Kyrgios Today All Swiss Final in Indian Wells Roger Federer Wins Indian Wells Fifth Title…

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All Swiss Final in Indian Wells

By DownTheTee | March 18, 2017

By Jane Voigt March 18, 2017 — How in the world did a small country like Switzerland produce such prodigious tennis stars? We’ll never know for sure, but tomorrow we’ll see its two finest on center court for the men’s singles final of the 2017 BNP Paribas Open. Just minutes ago, Roger Federer (No. 9) defeated American…

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Federer Beats Nadal Again, Faces Kyrgios Today

By DownTheTee | March 17, 2017

By Jane Voigt March 17, 2017 — Roger Federer’s record against Rafael Nadal is dismal, no matter which way its examined. Yet the Swiss star beat his arch rival in their last two meetings this year — The Australian Open final and the quarterfinal of the BNP Paribas Open Wednesday in Indian Wells, pushing that head-to-head…

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Venus Ebony Starr Williams Back in California Desert

By DownTheTee | March 14, 2017

By Jane Voigt March 14, 2017 — Sixteen years ago Venus Williams walked away from the Indian Wells tennis tournament vowing never to return. She and her family had been viciously maligned, through racist taunts and accusations of match fixing.  Venus, always willing to lean on younger sister Serena for motivation and guidance, is back at…

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Changes on Horizon for Davis Cup … Hopefully

By DownTheTee | March 12, 2017

By Jane Voigt March 12, 2017 — Seems like everything today is based on viewership. Need an extra boost of self worth, check your Twitter feed. Want to impress your friends? Tell them how many ‘likes’ you got on a Facebook post. Have a hot product? Get people talking about it, sharing it, buying it.  Tennis is no…

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Say Hello to Kayla Day

By DownTheTee | March 11, 2017

By Jane Voigt March 11, 2017 — Kayla Day inspires. She’s 17 and the youngest player at Indian Wells. And, she’s the only unseeded player left in her quarter of the draw as the tournament rolls into the round of sixteen.  Yesterday, the American teen took out Croatian Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, 6-4, 5-7, 7-5, winning the last…

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Has Sharapova’s Time Been Well Served?

By DownTheTee | March 10, 2017

By Jane Voigt March 10, 2017 — Maria Sharapova draws attention from the tennis world and beyond. She is a 5-time Grand Slam champion, has been the highest paid woman athlete in the world (according to Forbes) and, to her detriment, was found guilty of doping almost 15 months ago by the International Tennis Federation. Her announcement…

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Coachella Valley Awash in Fuzzy Yellow Tennis Balls

By DownTheTee | March 8, 2017

By Jane Voigt March 8, 2017 — Known for its desert mystique and deafening music festivals, the Coachella Valley in and around Indian Wells, Calif., is also known for its tennis. In fact this tournament, a combined men’s and women’s event of the highest order in terms of mandatory participation and points awarded to players, is the biggest tennis…

Moore Resigns

By DownTheTee | March 22, 2016

Embattled CEO and Tournament Director Raymond Moore has resigned from the Indian Wells tennis tournament — BNP Paribas Open — as of Monday evening when he informed Larry Ellison, owner of the California desert event, the AP reported. Moore had been with the tournament for 29 years, but drew negative attention to himself, the tournament…

A Final Worth Its Weight, Marred By Ill-conceived Comments from CEO Raymond Moore

By DownTheTee | March 20, 2016

We deserved a celebration on the first day of spring. And we got one, although it wasn’t what many expected and was marred by controversial comments from CEO and Tournament Director Raymond Moore. Instead of the normal beatdown Serena Williams hands any number of hopeful opponents, Victoria Azarenka took control to win her second BNP Paribas…