Tennis Fans Say Goodbye to Another BNP Paribas Open

Tennis Fans Say Goodbye to Another BNP Paribas Open

Martín Di Felice

Indian Wells, CA

After almost two weeks filled with tennis, the BNP Paribas Open came to close, but not before thousands of fans were able to see their favorite players give it all on the court. 

Thousands of people filled the stadiums of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, including Lester Cook and his family, who traveled from Malibu. 

Cook said, "There’s a reason why they are calling it the fifth grand slam, they have done a great job at making it a great tournament for the fans." 

As the final matches come to an end, fans still try to enjoy the last bit of the tournament. 

Katherine Trafford is visiting the desert from Wimbledon. She landed Saturday night with her mother, they said they want to experience one of the biggest tennis tournaments across the pond. 

Trafford, "It’s different, I think it is more lax, there’s music and you can hear people talk and there’s a lot of energy, it is fun but just as good if you want to compare them."  

But not everything is about tennis at the BNP Paribas Open. Barbara Garner visited from Wildomar, and she said she enjoys the atmosphere inside the tennis garden. 

Garner said, "I enjoy the people and watching them, and of course not to leave out the food." 

Tournament goers had food selections across the board, from fine dining to a burrito stand. Peter Tupanjanin and Nick Petrou traveled from Los Angeles, and they were surprised by all of their options. 

Tupanjanin said, "I got my coffee and a fish taco and it was good, they gave me a nice lemon and salsa on it, it was perfect." 

And even though the tournament was filled with social media worthy moments, tennis is still the main attraction. 

Petrou said, "I have not seen top players play in person and up-close, I am excited to see it."