BNP Paribas Challenge – Monday, February 24 - Saturday, March 1
The BNP Paribas Challenge is a pre-qualifying tournament providing both men and women tennis players the opportunity to earn a spot in the BNP Paribas Open Qualifying event. The entry fee is $50. Champions will advance to the BNP Paribas Open Qualifying event March 3 & 4 (women) and March 4 & 5 (men).
WHAT: The BNP Paribas Challenge is designed to provide interested men and women tennis players the opportunity to earn a spot in the BNP Paribas Open Qualifying event.
WHEN: February 24 – March 1, 2014
WHERE: Indian Wells Tennis Garden, Indian Wells, California
DRAW SIZE AND FORMAT: 128 Men and 128 Women. First round through quarterfinal matches will be the best of three sets with a 10-point match tiebreak being played for the 3rd set. Semifinal and final matches will be the best of three sets. Champions will advance to the BNP Paribas Open Qualifying event to be held March 3 – 5, 2014.
COST AND OTHER INFORMATION: Each player will pay a $50 entry fee. Players will be responsible for their own travel arrangements and costs. Special rates at BNP Paribas Open hotels will be offered on a space available basis.
Qualifying begins on Monday for the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, after the rain-delayed pre-qualifying finished on Saturday. Nick Meister beat former UCLA teammate Dennis Novikov 7-6(5), 6-2 in the semifinals, while Dan Kosakowski, another former Bruin, beat 16-year-old Taylor Fritz 6-2, 6-2. Meister and Kosakowski did not play the final however, when Kosakowski learned he had advanced into the qualifying draw based on a protected ranking, so Meister was declared the recipient of the wild card reserved for the pre-qualifying winner.