Staged at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, the BNP Paribas Open is known as the biggest tennis event outside Grand Slams and the organizers of the first Masters 1000 tournament of the season are always doing their best to improve the facilities and give the players the best possible conditions to train and play.
Besides that, singles and doubles specialists will have a special reason to give their best in the desert between March 5-18, with $1 million bonus up for grabs for any male or female competitor who wins both the singles and doubles crown!15 men and 12 women are currently in the draw of both singles and doubles tournament and they will try to repeat what has been done only six times before in the tournament history.
Roscoe Tanner grabbed both titles in 1978, Boris Becker repeated the feat 10 years later and Jim Courier was the last who did that in the men’s field in 1991. Lindsay Davenport was crowned champion in both singles and doubles twice, in 1997 and 2000, and Vera Zvonareva was the last player who conquered both draws in 2009.
“We want to encourage more of the top singles players to play doubles at the BNP Paribas Open, and therefore are offering a bonus of $1 million in 2018 as a significant incentive,” said Tommy Haas.“While we have traditionally had great participation by singles players competing in doubles, we know how much our fans love to watch doubles at our tournament, and we want to give them the best possible doubles fields over the fortnight.”