The 2021 BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, frequently referred to as tennis’ “fifth major,” has been rescheduled for October. Originally slated for March 8-21 in California, the tournament was postponed due to COVID-19 concerns.
It has been more than two years since the tournament has been held as the 2020 event was the first tournament on the tennis calendar to be cancelled as a result of the pandemic.
“We are ecstatic to have the opportunity to hold the BNP Paribas Open in October and bring professional tennis back to the desert,” said tournament director Tommy Haas in a statement. “We have never wavered in our desire to create an unforgettable experience this fall in Tennis Paradise for our fans, players and sponsors.”
The official dates will be announced following the confirmation of the fall calendar by the ATP and WTA. The ATP currently has seven events slated for October, including a Masters 1000 level event in Shanghai, and the WTA has yet to release most of its calendar after the US Open in September.
“Since the resumption of the tour in August 2020, we have had to take an agile approach to the calendar with the aim of staging as many of our events as possible,” said ATP chairman Andrea Gaudenzi in a statement. “Everyone in our sport has missed the BNP Paribas Open over the past two years and its return this October is great for tennis. The calendar is extremely complex and I would like to thank all events in that section of the season, as we look to accommodate these changes for the benefit of the overall sport.”
The tournament said it will continue to work with the local health departments, as well as the two tours, to ensure proper health protocols are followed. There were no details provided about how many fans will be permitted on site. The tournament typically draws upwards of 450,000 fans to Indian Wells, located 110 miles east of Los Angeles.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report