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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.
Enjoy a terrific weekend of playing with current players on the ATP Tour including 8 of the top 10 ranked doubles players in the world, ex grand slam winners and a selection of former tennis stars in a two day round robin pro/am event. The weekend takes place at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California during the final weekend of the Indian Wells ATP tennis tournament [formerly Pacific Life] the fifth largest professional tennis tournament in the world. Participants will have an opportunity not only to compete with some of the greatest names in the game but to also view the final weekend matches of the ATP event from a private center court suite. Enjoy lunches, cocktail parties, a Saturday evening dinner party, access to ATP car services from the airport to the hotel and stadium, credentials allowing the use of the player locker rooms and five star accommodation.
The Charles Evans PCF Tour point system will be in effect beginning with the Indian Wells event, points will be awarded to players based on performance, posted on the leader board and featured on the tours web site. Points will be carried on to the next event and the player with the most points won after four events recognized as the tour champion at one of the Prostate Cancer Foundations special events.
March 20,21 and 22, 2009
Renaissance Esmeralda Resort and Spa
Indian Wells, California
The Indian Wells Tennis Garden
$20,000.00 (There will not be a Calcutta/auction)
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 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden
9:00 am-12 noon: First two rounds of the tournament
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.
7:00pm: Dinner and entertainment
9:00 am-12:00noon: Final two rounds of the PCF Tour event, finals and the trophy awards ceremony
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
ATP player services
Prostate Cancer Foundation
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The Bryan brothers -- Currently the number one ranked doubles team in the world, winner of 49 doubles titles including the Wimbledon, US Open, French and Australian Open titles.
Daniel Nestor -- Former #1 ranked doubles player in the world in 2002, currently ranked # 3 in the world, winner of 54 doubles titles including the Wimbledon, US Open, French and Australian Open titles.
Mahesh Bhupathi -- Former #1 ranked doubles player in the world in 1999 and currently ranked #11 in the world, winner of the Wimbledon, French and US Open doubles titles.
Mark Knowles -- #1 Ranked doubles player in the world in 2002, currently ranked # 5 in the world, holder of 49 ATP doubles titles and winner of the Australian Open, French Open and US Open titles.
Kevin Ullyett -- Currently the ninth ranked doubles player in the world and #4 in 2005. Winner of both the US Open and Australian Open doubles titles and a Wimbledon doubles finalist in 2008. Winner of 31 doubles titles.
David Macpherson -- Former 11th ranked doubles player in the world, winner of 16 titles and a finalist in 13 other events, titles include Indian Wells, Scottsdale and Nice.
Murphy Jensen -- 1993 French Open doubles champions. #5 ranked doubles team 1993-94. 10 ATP tour titles..
Brian MacPhie -- Highest doubles ranking #24 in 2001, highest singles ranking #126 in 1998. 5 career doubles titles, with wins over Patrick Rafter and Jim Courier.
Jared Palmer -- Former #1 doubles player in the world in 2000, winner of the Australian Open doubles title in 1995, doubles finalist at Wimbledon in 1999 and Wimbledon doubles champion in 2000, 28 ATP tour doubles titles.
Don Johnson -- Ranked #1 in the world in doubles in 2002 and winner of 23 ATP doubles titles including the Wimbledon and Australian Open championships.
Paul Goldstein -- 58th ranked singles player in the world in 2006 and #40 in doubles, wins over Greg Rusedski,Alex Corretja,Patrick Rafter,Mardy Fish and Lleyton Hewitt
Rick Leach -- Former #1 ranked doubles in the world and the winner of all four Grand Slam doubles titles.
Scott Davis -- Former # 11 ranked singles player in the world with wins over McEnroe, Connors and Edberg. Previously ranked #2 in the world in doubles and winner of the Australian Open doubles title as well as a former US Davis cup player.
Chris Haggard -- 19th ranked doubles in the world in 2003, winner of 6 ATP doubles titles and a member of the South African Davis Cup team.
Graydon Oliver -- 24th ranked doubles player in the world in 2005, winner of 4 ATP doubles titles, winner of the 2005 Indianapolis ATP event and a finalist at the 2005 Newport ATP event.