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Monday, March 12, 2012


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Tennis News Honors BNP Paribas as 2011 Persons of the Year

Following Rafael Nadal's win on Stadium One in Indian Wells, California Sunday, Tennis News honored BNP Paribas as the 2011 Persons of the Year.

Steve Bellamy, the inaugural Person of the Year in 2005, presented the award to Michele Sicard, Head of Corporate Communications at BNP Paribas Americas, and commented on the significant financial support BNP Paribas has given tennis over the last 40 years in such events as the French Open, ITF Davis Cup, ITF Fed Cup and even title sponsorship of the Indian Wells event. In addition, BNP Paribas Taste of Tennis, the recent BNP Paribas Showdown at Madison Square Garden in New York, the Fed Cup Heart Awards and Master U’ BNP Paribas are among other BNP Paribas contributions to the game.

"The strategy of sports sponsorship has done much to develop the Group’s reputation in France and abroad. The relationship between BNP Paribas and tennis is mutually beneficial, but it is above all a story of passion," says Antoine Sire, Director of Brand, Communication and Quality at BNP Paribas.


Eight Players at Indian Wells Drop Out Claiming Illness

A statement from the Eisenhower Medical Center Public Relations Department, a local hospital serving the Indian Wells and surrounding area reported an area- wide virus resulting in nausea, vomiting, fever and subsequent diarrhea. It is transmitted by air and direct contact and not passed via food. Eight players have dropped out of the tournament claiming similar conditions.



Less Than Perfect Start in 2012 Doesn’t Bother Djokovic

There is never a doubt with Novak Djokovic as the Serb works to try and duplicate much of his success from last season on the ATP. The top seed got off to a fast start at the Indian Wells Masters, one of ten events he won in a superlative 2011.

"I think there was always belief in me that I could actually do it," the 24-year-old said of his success. "I went through the tough times where I didn't know really if I can make it, if I can overcome two biggest rivals and two most dominant players in the game in last seven, eight years (Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal)."


Sharapova, Wozniacki differ on Roadmap

Maria Sharapova, who will be 25 next month, is at the point her career when she has no desire to add tournaments to her already fairly full schedule. Caroline Wozniacki, 21, is not. The Dane says that the WTA Roadmap, which defines tournament entry and player obligation rules, is restricting her too much.



Murray Lost Early in Indian Wells and Asked Himself, “What Happened?”

Andy Murray was pondering his game after a shock opening match exit at the Indian Wells Masters, with the fourth seed concerned about a 6-4, 6-2 defeat to Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. It was the second year of huge disappointment for the Scot, who was stunned by American Donald Young at the event a year ago.

"Coming back to the locker room, you are thinking "how did this happen,'" he said. "Last year, mentally I probably wasn't in the right place (after losing the Australian Open final). I didn't play well here and in Miami and it took a lot of hard work to turn that around."

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Indian Wells

Indian Wells





Indian Wells

Singles - Second Round
(2) R Nadal def. L Mayer 6-1 6-3
(3) R Federer def. (WC) def. Kudla 6-4 6-1
(5) D Ferrer def. G Dimitrov 6-2 6-2
(6) J Tsonga def. M Llodra 4-1, retired
(9) J Del Potro def. (Q) M Matosevic 7-5 6-2
(10) J Tipsarevic def. G Muller 6-4 6-2
N Davydenko def...(LL) B Phau 7-5 6-2
M Baghdatis def. (15) F Lopez 6-3 6-4
(19) F Verdasco def. R Sweeting 6-2 6-2
T Bellucci def. (20) J Melzer 6-3 6-3
(21) A Dolgopolov def. S Darcis 6-7(13-15) 6-3 7-5
D Nalbandian def. (24) M Cilic 7-6(7-3) 7-6(7-4)
(26) M Granollers def. T Haas 6-3 2-6 6-3
(27) M Raonic def. C Berlocq 6-4 6-2
(28) R Stepanek def. X Malisse 6-2 6-1
D Istomin def. (31) J Chela 7-6(7-5) 6-7(7-9) 7-5
Doubles - First Round
(2) Mirnyi/Nestor def. (WC) Almagro/Knowles 6-3 7-6(7-3)
(4) Lindstedt/Tecau def. Berdych/Kubot 6-3 7-5
(8) Marach/Peya def. Qureshi/Rojer 6-4 1-6 10-6 (Match TB)
(WC) Ebden/Harrison def. Cabal/Lipsky 4-6 7-6(7-5) 10-4 (Match TB)
Monaco/Nishikori def. Butorac/Soares 5-7 6-4 10-4 (Match TB)
Gasquet/Hanley def. S Gonzalez/Kas 4-6 6-1 10-4 (Match TB)
Murray/Murray def. Fleming/Hutchins 3-6 6-2 13-11 (Match TB)



Indian Wells

Singles - Third Round
(1) Victoria Azarenka def. (25) Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-1 6-2
(32) Christina McHale def. (3) Petra Kvitova 2-6 6-2 6-3
(5) Agnieszka Radwanska def. (27) Flavia Pennetta 6-4 6-2
(8) Li Na def. (31) Zheng Jie 6-1 6-3
Klara Zakopalova def. (9) Vera Zvonareva walkover (Viral Illness)
(14) Julia Goerges def. (24) Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-3 6-4
(18) Angelique Kerber def. Vania King walkover (GI Illness)
(WC) Jamie Hampton def. Jarmila Gajdosova 6-2 6-7(1-7) 6-2
Doubles - Second Round
(1) Huber/Raymond def. Erakovic/Niculescu 5-7 7-5 10-3 (Match TB)
(2) Mirza/Vesnina def. Bacsinszky/Brianti 6-1 3-6 10-2 (Match TB)
Benesova/Zahlavova Strycova def. (4) Kirilenko/Petrova 6-3 6-4
Dellacqua/Stosur def. (8) Groenefeld/King walkover (King: GI Illness)


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