Tennis Paradise is back on for 2021 at Indian Wells.
BNP Paribas Open officials announced Thursday that the combined ATP Masters 1000 and WTA 1000 tournament will be staged in October. Specific dates will likely be finalized by the middle of June, in consultation with both tours, given the current uncertainty surrounding the Asian swing.
The event is planned to be combined ATP and WTA, with no foreseeable reduction in prize money. Though the draw size remains undetermined given the uncertain scheduling, Haas expects a full slate of top players to attend.
“We are ecstatic to have the opportunity to hold the BNP Paribas Open in October and bring professional tennis back to the desert,” said tournament director Tommy Haas. “We have never wavered in our desire to create an unforgettable experience this fall in Tennis Paradise for our fans, players and sponsors.”
Calling the October edition his very own Oktoberfest, Haas reflected on the tournament's 14-month odyssey that began with the decision to be the first tournament to lock down in light of the then-nascent COVID-19 pandemic.