Tennis players and spectators braved hurricane force winds during day two of the BNP Paribas tennis tournament at Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
The tournament began on Mar. 5 and runs through Mar. 18.
To read more about the tournament, click here.
Flurries of sand and dust didn’t stop players like top seeds Alexandr Dolgopolov, Igor Andreev, Janko Tipsaravic and Jo-Wilifried Tsonga from delivering blistering forehands and atomic back-hands.
“I am simply blown away by the level these players play at,” Arizona resident, John Fitch said. “Who cares that it’s windy, it makes it more of an adventure.”
Amid the 85 degree desert heat, thousands of people from all over the globe meandered through the sprawling Indian Wells Tennis Garden to watch as the crème-de-la-crème of the tennis world battled it out on several courts.
“The highlight for me was seeing the American underdog Tim Smyczek overtake the number six player in the world, Igor Andreev in this wind,” Jeremy Ryder of Boston said.
Tennis officials explained that the players aren’t bothered by the gusty conditions.
“The winds were not anything players or the tournament have not experienced before,” Matt Van Tuinen, a tournament spokesperson said. “We were able to complete all matches.”
Rafael Nadal posted a picture this morning from the practice courts on Facebook stating he was practicing “at a great place”.
Stephanie D. Schulte is a writer and photographer for SWRNN. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.