The BNP Paribas Open organizers have announced the list of wild cards for the event which takes place in Indian Wells next month. The ten-day event which brings together the men's ATP and women's WTA tours, is one of the biggest tennis events on the calendar outside of the grand slams.
In the men's draw, wild cards have been given to former world no. 3 David Nalbandian, former world no. 4 James Blake, Americans Tim Smyczek and Steve Johnson.
In the women's draw, wild cards were awarded to 42 year old veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm, French teenager Kristina Mladenovic, former world no. 11 Shahar Peer, of Isreal, and Americans Madison Keys, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Maria Sanchez, Melanie Oudin and Taylor Townsend.
The tournament beings next week at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
How to play from the baseline
The expression “to endure the rally” is about those indeterminate moments of a rally where none of the players is leading.
The ability to endure the rally is fundamental when you play a “long rally”, because it offers you the chance to measure your opponent’s strong points and vulnerabilities, besides letting you position as best as possible for your next offensive shot.