BNP Paribas Indian Tennis Gardens Serena Williams

Rancho Mirage might be known as “Playground of Presidents”, but the world’s best tennis players and several hundred thousand of their fans will converge upon the Indian Wells Tennis Garden for the renowned BNP Paribas Open from March 9-12, 2015.

Located at 78-200 Miles Avenue (between Washington St. and Fred Waring Dr.), this spectacular venue is owned by billionaire CEO and co-founder of Oracle Larry Ellison. In March 2014, it was expanded to include a second stadium with a seating capacity of 8,000, 6 broadcast booths, 3 fine dining restaurants (Nobu, Chop House & Piero’s PizzaVino), as well as a box office. Stadium 1 is the second largest in the world, comprised of 16,100 seats, 44 luxurious stadium suites, locker rooms, a press room, broadcast booths, a 6,000 square-foot commissary, and more.

This month, the largest WTA and ATP World Tour combined 2-week event will celebrate its 40th anniversary and welcome past champions NovakDjokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova, Ana Ivanovic, and Caroline Wozniacki. Like President Obama’s recurring visits to our attractive Palm Springs Valley, Serena Williams’s first appearance at the BNP Paribas Open since having won it in 2001 is generating much excitement. Citing harsh treatment from her fans, this #1 ranked player who recently earned her sixth Australian Open title and 19th Grand Slam crown had vowed to never return. Visit bnpparibas.com for further tournament details.

If you should find yourself in need of a break from tennis action, drive south on Washington Street. Within approx. 15 minutes, you will arrive at The La Quinta Civic Center Campus -a 17.5 acre park adjacent to La Quinta City Hall, La Quinta Senior Center and La Quinta Library. Just west at 78100 Main Street, enjoy an array of shops and restaurants at charming Old Town La Quinta.

Heading west on Fred Waring Drive for approx. 4 miles, you will reach Palm Desert’s Civic Center Park. This 70-acre park includes 6 tennis courts (closed Mondays from 1:30 p.m. -3:30 p.m. for maintenance) with 2 pickleball-only courts (Monday 8:00 a.m. -1:30 p.m. and Tuesday thru Sunday 8:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m.), 4 baseball fields, 4 volleyball courts, 3 basketball courts, 5 picnic pavilions, a skate park, a tot lot, as well as a dog park. Also found here is a collection of public art, including The Holocaust Memorial, The Peace Memorial, The Dreamer, and Desert Dessert.

Pamper your body with a variety of fresh, raw, organic, bio-active food and cosmetic items at Harvest Health Foods, Luscious Lorraine’s, and The Body Deli which are located at 73910 CA-111 (north side), between Portola Avenue and San Luis Rey Avenue.

Interested in purchasing a second home or investment property near the Indian Wells Tennis Garden? Check out our recent piece about Palm Royale Country Club which lies adjacent and offers many wonderful amenities!

~by Hilary Christiansen