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BNP Paribas Open – March 9 to March 22, 2020

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“It’s not just the beauty that keeps me coming back. Indian Wells, as the tournament is called by players and fans, has the most alluring atmosphere of any tennis event I’ve attended—and I’ve been to a lot.” - Gerald Marzorati, Bloomberg

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2019 BNP Paribas Open is Just Days Away! Join the Fun in Tennis Paradise

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Pickle People

Pickleball Changes the Recreational Landscape in the Desert

Local pro Marcin Rozpedski provides the lowdown on the pickleball craze and how to play.

JUDD SPICER FEBRUARY 21, 2019 ATTRACTIONS, CURRENT GUIDE, SPORTS

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PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF MARCIN ROZPEDSKI

Marcin Rozpedski won the gold medal at the 2016 U. S. Open Pickleball Championship.

A seismic shift has been shaking up the recreational landscape as venues across the Coachella Valley convert their tennis courts for pickleball play. Last year, the USA Pickleball Association signed a multiyear deal to move its decade-old National Championships tournament from Arizona to the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. The event in November drew more than 2,200 players from 46 states and garnered a massive audience, thanks to an ESPN broadcast and livestream.

Marcin Rozpedski, who won the gold medal at the 2016 U.S. Open Pickleball Championship and is a former Davis Cup tennis member for Team Poland, teaches pickleball lessons daily at The Lakes Country Club in Palm Desert, where he is the sports director. He also leads beginner, intermediate, and advanced clinics on Mondays from November through May.

“This sport is very social with a lot of fun and a lot of action,” Rozpedski says, “and the learning curve is much easier than, say, tennis or golf. It’s a fairly easy game to learn and be introduced to at an entry level.”

Rozpedski also hosts the country club’s annual Pickleball Spring Fling, the largest local pickleball tournament in Southern California with more than 500 participants. The event returns March 22–24, and admission for spectators is free.

Eager to hit the court? Here, Rozpedski reveals five tips for novice players.

Lace Up

“People often start playing with the incorrect shoes,” Rozpedski says. “They’ll be out there with street shoes or running shoes. Pickleball is played on a tennis court, so, for safety, players need to have a proper tennis or court shoe, allowing for side-to-side movement.”

Prepare Your Paddle

“Start with a composite paddle — something strong and light, with carbon or graphite — for around $50,” he suggests (Rozpedski uses Engage Paddles). “Then, if you like the sport, move up to more advanced paddles where the face or the skin of the paddle provides more spin and feel. But the beginner won’t need this advanced paddle [or] the additional costs.”

Be the Ball

“The ball is made of plastic, so it doesn’t come up high [or] come to you. That means you need to go to the ball: Bend your knees and stay lower. I see a lot of new players swinging at air because they’re waiting for the ball to bounce.”

Don’t Get Caught Cooking In The “Kitchen”

“The ‘kitchen line’ is the nonvolley zone, which means players cannot cross or step on this line while hitting a volley — this is what makes the game so much fun. Players can’t stay back on the baseline, or opponents will hit drop shots. Players need to stay close to the kitchen line and, therefore, close to the net — all of which makes [for a] game based on touch, quick volleys, and a lot of action.”

Your Court Awaits

For the casual player, opportunities abound across the desert. If you seek a game, check out the USA Pickleball Association hub, “Places 2 Play,” at usapa.org.

  • View our VIDEO on pickleball on our YouTube Channel. Click HERE.

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BNP Paribas Open – Experience Tennis Paradise

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In a Pickle

Reflecting pickleball’s growing popularity, the 2018 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships step into the limelight at the Indian Well Tennis Garden.

Courtesy of THOMAS MEAGHER OCTOBER 25, 2018

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The 2018 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships will involve players from the valley and take place at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, Nov. 3-11.

PHOTOGRAPHS BY STEVEN SALISBURY

“Interest is off the charts.”

That’s how Justin Maloof, executive director of the USA Pickleball Association, describes the build-up to his fast-growing sport’s 10th annual National Championships, which for the first time will take place in the valley, Nov. 3-11, at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

“We’ve got about 2,500 participants registered, which is a remarkable increase from the 1,300 we had last year,” Maloof explains. “It’s our hope that this event will begin to move pickleball more into the national spotlight.”

The time is certainly right for that step up to centerstage: pickleball’s growth has been dramatic. Originating in the 1960s, this ingenious mixture of tennis, ping-pong, and badminton currently boasts about 3.1 million players across the country. Even more indicative of pickleball’s wide-spreading popularity is the fact that the USAPA, the sport’s national governing body, has seen a staggering 620 percent increase in its membership since 2013.

VIDEO: Local playersKim Jagd, Morgan Evans, and Sherri Steinhauer share their start in the game.

But while the numbers are astounding, what fascinates Maloof more right now is the way championship week is going to feel for those involved: he can’t even begin to imagine the dream-come-true thrill players are going to experience as they take to the 45 converted courts at the Tennis Garden.

“We’ve never had an opportunity to play on a world-class venue of this caliber,” he says.

Yet while that’s the case for most of the contenders at the National Championships, who’ll be traveling from all over the country to Indian Wells, the Greater Palm Springs pickleballers already get to enjoy the splendid setting at Indian Wells. Introduced at the facility just over a year ago by far-sighted IWTG Club Director Fred Hartzman, pickleball now occupies a handful of re-purposed courts every Wednesday evening, plus Saturday and Sunday mornings.

“We went from four players that first session,” says Hartzman, disbelievingly, “to about 140, in a couple of weeks. And now the Nationals! It’s just been amazing.”

On a recent Wednesday evening, Cheryl Bowling and Linda Philips were two of the local players on hand. Cheryl, who has been playing a year or so, described the sport as “very addictive.”

“It’s the most fun sport I’ve ever played,” she said. “And most of the country clubs in the Coachella Valley are really getting into it, so there are lots of opportunities to play.”

Phillips, who came to the sport with a tennis-playing background and has also been playing for about a year, described pickleball’s attraction this way: “It’s a little easier on your body, because there isn’t as much running around. And there’s an easier learning curve.”

Both Bowling and Philips, who usually participate in doubles and mixed-doubles matches, advised anyone interested in joining the local ranks to look for an introductory clinic or instruction session, which are available at such venues as the Palm Desert Community Center and Gymnasium, where indoor pickleball is scheduled three days a week from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

There were around 30 or so fellow players out on the courts with Bowling and Philips that night, and while the two women acknowledged that their own games aren’t yet ready for nationals-level competition, many others who were in attendance will participate.

The tournament will start early each morning featuring singles, doubles, and mixed-doubles matches, across many skill-graded categories and age-group brackets from teens to the over-80s. Supplementing the on-court competition will be exhibitions and instruction. Best of all for spectators, entry to the IWTG grounds is free, and there will be a variety of dining and entertainment options. There will be a charge for parking and a fee for attending matches on the main championship court.

For news and details about the 2018 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships, visit usapickleballnationalchampionships.com.

Pickleball Basics WHAT IS A PICKLEBALL COURT?

20-feet wide by 44-feet long. Net 34 inches at the center, 36 inches at the sideline posts. The “kitchen” is the seven-foot area immediately in front of the net; if you’re in the kitchen, you can’t volley (that is, no “spiking” from up close). Singles and doubles played on the same lined court – no doubles alley.

WHAT YOU NEED TO PLAY

Paddle – there are approximately 80 different models available. Ball – plastic “whiffle” ball, the size of a tennis ball and perforated with 40 holes; indoor and outdoor varieties to choose from.

HOW TO PLAY

Underhand serve across net on tennis-like diagonal. Hit ball after it bounces. After three such bounced strokes, but not before, ball can be volleyed out of the air.

HOW TO SCORE

Only serving player/team can score. Game to 11, must win by two. Two out of three games wins match.

NAME GAME

There are several accounts of how the sport was named. Here’s our favorite: when the founding inventors began playing their first games, in the driveway of a home on an island in Washington State back in the 1960s, they tired of having to retrieve errant shots and enlisted the family dog to do the fetching. Pickles the dog was happy to oblige, and that enthusiastic service to the sport’s beginnings will be remembered for as long as pickleball is played.

Best Tennis 
Hotels, Served

Best Tennis 
Hotels, Served

There’s plenty of action to look forward to during this year’s BNP Paribas Open, but you can hit the courts yourself at these top-rated tennis resorts.

MARISSA WILLMAN

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE PARKER PALM SPRINGS

There’s plenty of court action to look forward to during this year’s BNP Paribas Open (newly renovated suites, an expanded Stadium Plaza, and the addition of Wolfgang Puck’s Spago restaurant), but the tennis doesn’t need to stop there for the truly obsessed. Hit the courts at these top-rated tennis resorts.

LA QUINTA RESORT & CLUB

Recognized as one of the top tennis resorts in the country, the facility at La Quinta Resort & Club offers the complete package for tennis getaways. What else would one expect from the official hotel of the BNP Paribas Open? The resort boasts 23 courts with both hard and clay surfaces, with 10 lit for night play. Plus, the tennis club includes a pro shop, fitness center, swimming pool, and cafe. USPTA-certified pros offer instruction and the tennis program includes clinics, drills, and events.

49499 Eisenhower Drive, La Quinta. 760-564-4111; www.laquintaresort.com

OMNI RANCHO LAS PALMAS RESORT & SPA

Also named one of the country’s top tennis resorts, Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa offers a world-class tennis experience with 25 courts. A pro shop is on site, as is a tennis concierge. The resort’s robust tennis program, managed by Cliff Drysdale Tennis, includes camps, retreats, private lessons, and clinics.

41000 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage. 760-568-2727; www.omnihotels.com

THE WESTIN MISSION HILLS GOLF RESORT & SPA

The seven-court complex at The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa offers both day and night play. Take your game to the next level with clinics, private instruction, and seasonal programs directed by Peter Burwash International. The pro shop provides everything you need to hit the courts, plus gear for the resort’s annual Desert Smash pro-am tournament.

71333 Dinah Shore Drive, Rancho Mirage. 760-328-5955; www.westinmissionhills.com

PARKER PALM SPRINGS

Wander through the labyrinth of 13 sprawling acres at the Parker Palm Springs, and you’ll find four red-clay tennis courts where you can fantasize you’re a wild card at the French Open. Lush landscaping makes the perfect backdrop for an afternoon on the court. Up your game with a private lesson from a pro.

4200 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs. 760-770-5000; www.theparkerpalmsprings.com

HYATT REGENCY INDIAN WELLS RESORT & SPA

Follow in the footsteps of the pros at Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa, once the home of the Newsweek Champions Cup. Today, players can choose from three hard-surface courts and can sign up for clinics, lessons, and tournament competitions. The facility also offers corporate tennis programs and round robin networking events. This year it’s the venue of the inaugural Taste of Tennis event (March 6), where you can mingle with professional players over gourmet bites.

44600 Indian Wells Lane, Indian Wells. 760-776-1234
; indianwells.regency.hyatt.com

JW MARRIOTT DESERT SPRINGS RESORT & SPA

JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa has 15 hard courts available for year-round play. Services include clinics, drills, instruction, player matching, and group tennis events. The tennis facility offers lawn games for the family such as croquet, badminton, and lawn bowling. The resort also hosts weekly wheelchair tennis clinics in high season.

74855 Country Club Drive, Palm Desert. 760-341-2211
; www.marriott.com

DOUBLETREE BY HILTON GOLF RESORT

The resort has teamed with the neighboring Desert Princess Country Club to offer nine courts altogehter, four of which are lighted for night play. Clinics and private lessons are also offered. Unleash your inner professional at one of two tournament-style courts with stadium seating. Every time you serve an ace, you can almost hear the crowd roar! (Even if it’s just your spouse and kids.)

67967 Vista Chino, Cathedral City. 760-322-7000; www.doubletreepalmsprings.com

RENAISSANCE INDIAN WELLS RESORT & SPA

Two tennis courts are just 1.5 miles from all the racket of the BNP Paribas Open, at Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa. The weekend children’s camp and craft zone will keep the kiddos busy while you play under the sun or after dark on the lighted courts.
45000 Indian Wells Lane, Indian Wells.

760-341-2200; www.marriott.com

Wolfgang Puck’s Spago Comes To the Indian Wells Tennis Garden

Wolfgang Puck’s Spago Comes To the Indian Wells Tennis Garden

Among the big additions at Stadium 1, which will be ready by this year's BNP Paribas Open, will be the arrival of Wolfgang Puck’s Spago, a 100-seat restaurant that will overlook Center Court from the 300 level. Puck opened the first Spago in Los Angeles, where I used to work back in the day, and it has won six Wine Spectator Grand Awards and has been awarded two Michelin Stars over 35 years. It will be the preeminent dining option in Stadium 1, and like Nobu, will mix world class dining with world class tennis.

But unlike Nobu and Chop House, some seating at Spago will be open to the court.

Stadium 1 will also feature roughly 20 new concessions and eateries, including BS Taqueria, a Los Angeles-based Mexican restaurant from Ray Garcia, Esquire’s 2015 Chef of the Year. BS Taqueria will offer a variation of tacos, cocktails, and specialty plates.

Dave’s Doghouse, a gourmet hot dog shop from Michelin Star-rated chef Josiah Citrin, will also debut, along with Cassell’s, a reinvented classic hamburger stand that originated in Los Angeles in 1948.

Melissa’s Produce, a fresh vegetable-focused offering, is another addition and will join local favorites Piero’s PizzaVino for pies and slices, and Sherman’s Deli for New York style sandwiches.

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