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Indian Wells 2018 live stream: Watch and bet on BNP Paribas Open tennis live from Indian Wells, 7-18 March 2018

Live Tennis Staff in News 18 Dec 2017
  • Roger Federer and Elena Vesnina return to defend their titles at the 2018 BNP Paribas Open
  • Multiple Indian Wells Masters champions Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic join Federer and 2017 runner-up Stan Wawrinka
  • Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep lead the WTA Indian Wells field in 2018
  • BNP Paribas Open tennis is live from Indian Wells from 7-18 March 2018
Roger Federer is one of the stars scheduled to appear at the 2018 BNP Paribas Open, live from Indian Wells from 7-18 March 2018 (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Defending champions Roger Federer and Elena Vesnina are joined by the rest of tennis's biggest stars at the most prestigious spring event of 2018, the BNP Paribas Open: Indian Wells Masters and WTA Indian Wells tennis live from Indian Wells, 7-18 March.

Indian Wells 2018 Tournament Schedule

Indian Wells 2018 tournament schedule

Date - TimeEvent Name Location
07 Mar 2018 20:00Women's R1 Indian Wells Tennis Garden
08 Mar 2018 20:00Women's & men's R1Indian Wells Tennis Garden
09 Mar 2018 20:00Women's R2/men's R1Indian Wells Tennis Garden
10 Mar 2018 20:00Women's & men's R2Indian Wells Tennis Garden
11 Mar 2018 20:00Women's R3/men's R2Indian Wells Tennis Garden
12 Mar 2018 20:00Women's & men's R3Indian Wells Tennis Garden
16 Mar 2018 20:00Women's SFs/men's QFsIndian Wells Tennis Garden

Who is playing Indian Wells in 2018?

The first big event on the tennis calendar outside the four Grand Slams, the BNP Paribas Open is the first of nine Masters 1000 Series events for the men and the first of only four Premier Mandatory events for the women and as such is guaranteed to feature the very biggest stars of tennis - including some of the biggest sports stars in the world, with Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova, Novak Djokovic, Victoria Azarenka, Andy Murray and Simona Halep among those scheduled to appear when the 2018 BNP Paribas Open begins on Wednesday 7 March. 

On the men's side, Roger Federer will be attempting to defend the title he won in 2017 and claim a sixth Indian Wells Masters crown. Federer's victory over his compatriot Stan Wawrinka in the 2017 final was a major highlight of his superbly resurgent season, which saw him return from a six-month absence from competition in 2016 to win some of the biggest events, including completing the 'Sunshine Double' of back-to-back Indian Wells and Miami titles. But the 2018 edition won't just feature Federer and three-time winner Rafael Nadal, who famously faced off in the desert in the round of 16 in 2017. It will also see the return of five-time champion Novak Djokovic, who became just the second man to win three straight titles at Indian Wells in 2014-16; Andy Murray, Indian Wells runner-up in 2009 and winner of multiple Masters 1000 Series titles; 2017 runner-up Stan Wawrinka; and Kei Nishikori, all of whom took multiple months off in 2017 to battle injuries and who could well be just rounding into form after their extended 2017 layoffs by the time the first Masters 1000 Series tournament of 2018 comes around.

In the absence of some of the sport's long-established top names, 2017 saw others rise who will also be bringing their best to Indian Wells. Alexander Zverev, the young German who won two Masters 1000 Series crowns in 2017, will lead the challengers to Federer, Nadal et al, joined by Grigor Dimitrov, who also took his first Masters 1000 Series title in 2017 and took a huge step forwards when he won the Nitto ATP Finals. Dominic Thiem will be looking to make an impression on hard courts, and the improving David Goffin and always-dangerous Nick Kyrgios will be names to look out for as well when the 2018 Indian Wells Masters begins on 7 March.

On the women's side, no fewer than six former champions are scheduled to be among the leaders of the field for the first Premier Mandatory event of the 2018 WTA season, led by Serena Williams, Indian Wells winner in 1999 and 2001. Since ending her 15-year boycott of the tournament in 2015, Williams has been a semifinalist and finished runner-up to Victoria Azarenka in 2016 - now making her comeback in 2018 as a mother, will Williams take her first crown in the desert for 17 years?

Another champion on the comeback trail is Maria Sharapova, who won Indian Wells in 2006 and 2013 and has climbed back up to world no. 59 at the beginning of 2018 after returning from her doping suspension midway through last season. Williams and Sharapova should be joined by Victoria Azarenka, who is also making a comeback - in her case from a custody battle over her young son which has enforced an absence from the courts - and is also looking for her third Indian Wells title after winning in 2012 and 2016.

Former BNP Paribas Open winners Caroline Wozniacki and Simona Halep both reached new career heights in 2017, the Dane (winner in 2011) winning the biggest title of her career at the WTA Finals Singapore to cap a year which saw her reach no fewer than eight finals and the Romanian (who won Indian Wells in 2015) becoming not only one of the five women who held the world no. 1 ranking during the course of 2017 but the one who finished the season in the top spot after winning Madrid and finishing runner-up at Cincinnati, Beijing and the French Open. Will Halep still be the top seed by the time the 2018 BNP Paribas Open begins on 7 March, or could she have been displaced by one of the challengers looking for their first Indian Wells title - French Open and Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza, big-serving Czech Karolina Pliskova or explosive French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko?

With the women's field also featuring a trio of exciting and powerful Americans - US Open champion Sloane Stephens, runner-up Madison Keys and CoCo Vandeweghe - as well as the likes of rising star Caroline Garcia and iconic Venus Williams, the only player to reach multiple Grand Slam finals in 2017, the 2018 BNP Paribas Open could be in for one of its most thrilling installments when it begins on Wednesday 7 March. 

Indian Wells 2018 Seeds

Check back here for a full list of seeded players at the 2018 BNP Paribas Open when the draw is released. 

About the BNP Paribas Open

One of the biggest events in tennis, the BNP Paribas Open – also known as the Indian Wells Masters – is one of only two tournaments outside the four Grand Slams to last longer than a week, with the tournament unfolding over two weeks at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in the Californian desert. The property of billionaire Larry Ellison, CEO and co-founder of Oracle, the tournament and the venue features the second-largest tennis stadium in the world. 

Indian Wells has roots stretching back to 1976 when the tournament began a five-year run at the Mission Hills Country Club in the Coachella Valley before moving to the La Quinta Hotel under the direction of Charlie Pasarell. The tournament went through a large number of different names and title sponsors before its current facilities at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden were developed and it became known in 2009 as the BNP Paribas Open. The women’s tournament was held a week prior to the men’s until 1996, when the two events were combined to create the BNP Paribas Open.

Founded by ex-tennis pros Charlie Pasarell and Raymond Moore, the tournament now called the BNP Paribas Open is a Masters 1000 Series event for the men and a Premier Mandatory event for the women, meaning that it is one of a small number of events at which the best players on both tours are required to appear. Beyond that, Indian Wells is an incredibly popular event for both players and fans. Played at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, which features 29 courts including a 16,100-seat main stadium which is the second-largest tennis stadium in the world and an 8,000-set Stadium 2 which was added after redevelopment began in 2013, the BNP Paribas Open is one of just two events outside the four majors at which main-draw play extends beyond a week. The second is the Miami Open, which directly follows Indian Wells on the calendar. Winning both events in the same year is one of the most difficult feats in tennis and is known as the 'Sunshine Double'. Only seven men - most recently Roger Federer in 2017 - and three women, most recently Victoria Azarenka in 2016, have completed the 'Sunshine Double'. 

Indian Wells is the first Masters 1000 Series or Premier Mandatory event on the tennis calendar and punctuates the long stretch between the Australian Open in January and the French Open in late May, bringing the first quarter of the year, dominated as it is by hard courts, to an exciting climax before the tours move on to clay courts. Many if not most of the all-time greats of the game have captured the title at Indian Wells, starting with John Newcombe beating Arthur Ashe in the final of the inaugural tournament in 1974; Jimmy Connors (1976, 1981, 1984), Boris Becker (1987-8), Stefan Edberg (1980), Jim Courier (1991, 1993), Michael Chang (1992, 1996-7), Pete Sampras (1994-5), Andre Agassi (2001) and Lleyton Hewitt (2002-3) have all proved popular champions in the desert on the men's side, while the shorter history of the women's event has seen Martina Navratilova (1990-1), Monica Seles (1992), Steffi Graf (1994, 1996), Martina Hingis (1998), Kim Clijsters (2003, 2005) and Justine Henin (2004) taking the crown. 

In recent years, the 'Big Four' have established dominance over the men's event at the BNP Paribas Open. Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic between them share the all-time record for most Indian Wells titles, with each winning five times; Federer between 2004 and 2017, when he won his first title in five years and went on to complete a third Sunshine Double, and Djokovic between 2008 and 2016, winning four Sunshine Doubles over that period. On the women's side, no one has ever won more than two BNP Paribas Open titles. Serena Williams took the crown in 1999 and 2001 and would undoubtedly have won more times were it not for a self-imposed boycott of the tournament due to being bombarded with booing and racial slurs on her way to her second title, which caused her to stay away from Indian Wells until she decided to return in 2015 (sister Venus followed suit in 2016). In Williams's absence, Maria Sharapova (2006, 2013), Daniela Hantuchova (2002, 2007), Caroline Wozniacki (2011), Victoria Azarenka (2012, 2016) and Simona Halep (2015) have all been notable champions in the desert.

2018 BNP Paribas Open tournament information

Indian Wells 2018 tournament information

BNP Paribas Open 2017Indian Wells
Dates7-20 March 2018
LocationIndian Wells, California, USA
VenueIndian Wells Tennis Garden
SurfaceHard (Plexipave), outdoor
ATP World Tour categoryMasters 1000
WTA Tour categoryPremier Mandatory
Entrants96 singles / 32 doubles
Number of seeds32
Reigning men's championRoger Federer
Reigning women's championElena Vesnina
Prize money (men)US$7,037,595
Prize money (women)US$6,844,139

Previous Indian Wells champions

Previous winners of the Indian Wells Masters

1974John NewcombeArthur Ashe
1975John AlexanderIlie Nastase
1976Jimmy ConnorsRoscoe Tanner
1977Brian GottfriedGuillermo Vilas
1978Roscoe TannerRaul Ramirez
1979Roscoe Tanner (2)Brian Gottfriend
1981Jimmy Connors (2)Ivan Lendl
1982Yannick NoahIvan Lendl
1983Jose HiguerasEliot Teltscher
1984Jimmy Connors (3)Yannick Noah
1985Larry StefankiDavid Pate
1986Joakim NystromYannick Noah
1987Boris BeckerStefan Edberg
1988Boris Becker (2)Emilio Sanchez
1989Miroslav MecirYannick Noah
1990Stefan EdbergAndre Agassi
1991Jim CourierGuy Forget
1992Michael ChangAndrei Chesnokov
1993Jim Courier (2)Wayne Ferreira
1994Pete SamprasPetr Korda
1995Pete Sampras (2)Andre Agassi
1996Michael Chang (2)Paul Haarhuis
1997Michael Chang (3)Bohdan Ulihrach
1998Marcelo RiosGreg Rusedski
1999Mark PhilippoussisCarlos Moya
2000Alex CorretjaThomas Enqvist
2001Andre AgassiPete Sampras
2002Lleyton HewittTim Henman
2003Lleyton Hewitt (2)Gustavo Kuerten
2004Roger FedererTim Henman
2005Roger Federer (2)Lleyton Hewitt
2006Roger Federer (3)James Blake
2007Rafael NadalNovak Djokovic
2008Novak DjokovicMardy Fish
2009Rafael Nadal (2)Andy Murray
2010Ivan LjubicicAndy Roddick
2011Novak Djokovic (2)Rafael Nadal
2012Roger Federer (4)John Isner
2013Rafael Nadal (3)Juan Martin del Potro
2014Novak Djokovic (3)Roger Federer
2015Novak Djokovic (4)Roger Federer
2016Novak Djokovic (5)Milos Raonic
2017Roger Federer (5)Stan Wawrinka

Previous winners of the BNP Paribas Open

1989Manuela Maleeva Jenny Byrne
1990Martina NavratilovaHelena Sukova
1991Martina Navratilova (2)Monica Seles
1992Monica SelesConchita Martinez
1993Mary Joe FernandezAmanda Coetzer
1994Steffi GrafAmanda Coetzer
1995Mary Joe Fernandez (2)Natasha Zvereva
1996Steffi Graf (2)Conchita Martinez
1997Lindsay DavenportIrina Spirlea
1998Martina HingisLindsay Davenport
1999Serena WilliamsSteffi Graf
2000Lindsay Davenport (2)Martina Hingis
2001Serena Williams (2)Kim Clijsters
2002Daniela HantuchovaKim Clijsters
2003Kim ClijstersLindsay Davenport
2004Justine HeninLindsay Davenport
2005Kim Clijsters (2)Lindsay Davenport
2006Maria SharapovaElena Dementieva
2007Daniela Hantuchova (2)Svetlana Kuznetsova
2008Ana IvanovicSvetlana Kuznetsova
2009Vera ZvonarevaAna Ivanovic
2010Jelena JankovicCaroline Wozniacki
2011Caroline WozniackiMarion Bartoli
2012Victoria AzarenkaMaria Sharapova
2013Maria Sharapova (2)Caroline Wozniacki
2014Flavia PennettaAgnieszka Radwanska
2015Simona HalepJelena Jankovic
2016Victoria Azarenka (2)Serena Williams
2017Elena VesninaSvetlana Kuznetsova

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