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BNP Paribas Open 2021: Draws, Dates, History & All You Need To Know

All about the ATP Masters 1000 tennis tournament in Indian Wells, California
October 03, 2021
The 2021 BNP Paribas Open, featuring 16 of the Top 20 players, will be held in Indian Wells from 7-17 October.
BNP Paribas Open
The 2021 BNP Paribas Open, featuring 16 of the Top 20 players, will be held in Indian Wells from 7-17 October. By ATP Staff

In a stacked field of talent, with the biggest stars and brightest emerging prospects in action, US Open champion Daniil Medvedev and World No. 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas lead the way at the BNP Paribas Open for the 44th edition of the ATP Masters 1000 event.

Here's what you need to know: 

When is the BNP Paribas Open?

The 2021 BNP Paribas Open will be held from 7-17 October. The hard-court ATP Masters 1000 tournament, established in 1976, will take place at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California. The tournament director is former World No. 2 Tommy Haas.

Who is playing at the 2021 BNP Paribas Open?

The BNP Paribas Open will feature 16 of the Top 20 players in the FedEx ATP Rankings, led by Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev, Andrey Rublev and Matteo Berrettini.

When is the draw for the BNP Paribas Open?

The Indian Wells draw will be made on Tuesday, 5 October at 3:00 p.m.

What is the schedule for the Indian Wells ATP Masters 1000 event?

* Qualifying: Tuesday, 5 October - Wednesday, 6 October at 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
* Main Draw: Thursday, 7 October - Sunday, 17 October. Thursday, 7 October – Friday 15 October at 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
* Doubles Final: Saturday, 16 October at 11:00 a.m.
* Singles Final: Sunday, 17 October at 4:00 p.m.
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What is the prize money for the BNP Paribas Open?

The prize money for the BNP Paribas Open is $8,359,455 and the Total Financial Commitment is $9,146,125.

Winner: $1,209,730 / 1,000 points
Finalist: $640,000 / 600 points
Semi-finalist: $335,000 / 360 points
Quarter-finalist: $175,000 / 180 points
Round of 16: $92,000 / 90 points
Round of 32: $51,895 / 45 points
Round of 64: $29,045 / 25 points
Round of 96: $18,155 / 10 points

DOUBLES ($ per team)
Winner: $414,500 / 1,000 points
Finalist: $220,000 / 600 points
Semi-finalist: $117,240 / 360 points
Quarter-finalist: $59,740 / 180 points
Round of 16: $31,500 / 90 points
Round of 32: $16,870 / 45 points

How can I watch the BNP Paribas Open?

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Who won the last edition of the BNP Paribas Open in 2019?

Dominic Thiem won the 2019 BNP Paribas Open singles title with a 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 win against Roger Federer in the championship match (Read & Watch). Nikola Mektic and Horacio Zeballos lifted the doubles trophy in Indian Wells with a 4-6, 6-4, 10-3 victory against Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo in the final (Read More).

Who holds the Indian Wells record for most titles, oldest champion, youngest champion and more?

Most Titles, Singles: Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer (5)
Most Titles, Doubles: Mark Knowles, Daniel Nestor (4)
Oldest Champion: Roger Federer, 35, in 2017
Youngest Champion: Boris Becker, 19, in 1987
Highest-Ranked Champion: No. 1 Jimmy Connors in 1976, Jim Courier in 1993, Pete Sampras in 1994-95, Lleyton Hewitt in 2002-03, Roger Federer in 2004-06, Rafael Nadal in 2009, Novak Djokovic in 2015-16
Lowest-Ranked Champion: No. 143 Larry Stefanki in 1985
Last Home Champion: Andre Agassi in 2001
Most Match Wins: Roger Federer (66)

View Who Is Playing, Past Champions, Seeds, Points & Prize Money Breakdown

Key Storylines

Medvedev New Major Champion: Medvedev is fresh off the biggest title of his career at the US Open. Will the Russian be able to maintain his momentum and claim his second Masters 1000 trophy of the season? The World No. 2, who has won four tournaments this year (Marseille, Mallorca, Toronto, US Open), will try to add another victory at Indian Wells, where he owns a 3-3 record.

Tsitsipas Shining: Tsitsipas will be the second seed in just his third appearance in the BNP Paribas Open (1-2). The Greek star has shown great consistency at Masters 1000 events this season, advancing to at least the quarter-finals in five of the first six events at this level. Tsitsipas won his first Masters 1000 title in Monte-Carlo, where he did not lose a set, and will try to claim another in Indian Wells.

FedEx ATP Race To Turin Heating Up: Several players are trying to stake their claim to one of the remaining spots at the Nitto ATP Finals, to be held at the Pala Alpitour in Turin from 14-21 November. Thanks to his efforts in San Diego, Casper Ruud moves into eighth in the Race. And since Rafael Nadal will not compete in Turin due to injury, that leaves room for Hubert Hurkacz, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Jannik Sinner among others to push for a spot.

#NextGenATP Debuts: Since the BNP Paribas Open has not been held since 2019, there are several #NextGenATP stars who will make their debut at the Masters 1000 event. Umag champion Carlos Alcaraz, Parma titlist Sebastian Korda, Newport finalist Jenson Brooksby and Italian Lorenzo Musetti will all make their main draw debuts at the hard-court event.

New Champion Incoming: There is guaranteed to be a first-time BNP Paribas Open singles champion in 2021. Will Cincinnati titlist Alexander Zverev, Wimbledon finalist Matteo Berrettini or Russian star Andrey Rublev make their mark in the desert?

Did You Know?

Stadium 1 at the BNP Paribas Open is the second largest tennis-specific stadium in the world, with a capacity of more than 16,000. The tournament is usually held in March and is the first ATP Masters 1000 event of the season, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it takes place in October in 2021.

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