The winners at the BNP Paribas Open Tennis Tournament

Story and photos by Pat Krause

Story and photos by Pat Krause

The winners at the BNP Paribas Open Tennis Tournament were awarded their trophies on Sunday March 16th after the women, and men’s finals were over. The stadium was filled with tennis fans who came to see the top players in tennis fight it out for the championship. The men’s final was probably the most exciting match at the Gardens in Years. It was touch and go as to the winner who went into a tie breaker to determine the winner.

Novak Djokovic topped Roger Federer an edge of your seat match. Over 16,800 fans watched this battle of two of the best men’s tennis players who have both won championships at the BNP Parabas Open. There were long volleys between the two with one or the other having a miss hit. It was a very difficult match to win for either of them, and each played extremely well.

Flavia Pannette defeated Agnieszka Radwanska in just 2 sets, 6-2 and 6-1. Radwanska was in tears at the awards ceremony as she said it was bad luck that she had a knee injury at the wrong time in the tournament. She had her knee, and shoulder taped all during the match. Pannette played extremely well to get to the finals and become the 2014 Champion.

The Bryan Brothers from the USA won their second back to back championship by defeating Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares in two sets, 6-4,6-3. Women’s number 1 seeds Su-wei Hsieh and Shuai Peng defeated Cara Black and Sania Mirza in 2 sets, 7-6<5>, 6-2. The Doubles Finals were played on Saturday. March 15th to a packed house.

The BNP Paribas Open set attendance records again this year with more than 431,000 fans attending. The Open also set another record for the Saturday matches with over 32,000 fans for the day session. This is World-Class Tennis in our own backyard each year with a freshly renovated facility with parking, a brand new stadium 2, three new restaurant, a 19,000 square foot shade structure, additional practice court, entertainment each day at the food courts and sooo much more.

2015 BNP Paribas Open tickets went on sale on March 19th. Classic Series Packages includes all 21 sessions in the Main Stadium and are the best seats and values. The newly opened Stadium 2 will also offer classic series tickets. This is two weeks of the highest quality tennis events in the USA.

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