Among the many tournaments held throughout the year on both the men’s and women’s circuits, the Indian Wells event has a unique place in the hearts of tennis players and spectators alike. In the ATP schedule, the tournament is normally held in March.

However, because of the COVID-19 epidemic last year, it was one of the first events to be cancelled. The defending champion, Bianca Andreescu, recently took part in an Indian Wells tradition.

Bianca Andreescu has had a difficult time on the WTA tour

The event was postponed until October this year due to the pandemic, which prevented it from taking place on its customary timetable.

However, the tournament’s organizers have stated that it will return to its traditional March slot in 2022.

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Bianca Andreescu. Source: canberratimes.com

Dominic Thiem and Bianca Andreescu, the defending champions from last year, are returning to the event this year. While Thiem’s season was cut short due to a wrist injury, Andreescu is back to defend her first WTA title.

Andreescu won the US Open after winning the Indian Wells event in 2019. She defeated Serena Williams in the final.

Despite the fact that she has struggled for form on the WTA tour this year, the BNP Paribas Open could provide her the boost she needs.

Bianca arrived at the event a few days ago and posed in front of her mural at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. The painting, which was created by Mike Sullivan, has been a tournament fixture since 2013.

In 2014, Maria Sharapova and Rafael Nadal were the first athletes to have their names etched on murals at Indian Wells.

In addition to these two, a mural of great American tennis player John McEnroe was also painted.

The tournament has a tradition of painting a mural of former tennis players alongside the past victors. Legends such as Chris Evert, John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova, Pete Sampras, Billie Jean King, Lindsay Davenport, and Jim Courier have been honoured with murals since 2014.

Andreescu is seeded 16th in the women’s draw and might face top-half players such as Anett Kontaveit, Karolina Pliskova, and Maria Sakkari.

Since she won the title at Indian Wells the last time, a lot has changed for the Canadian. As a result, it will be a monumental job for Andreescu to overcome some formidable opponents who are currently in outstanding form on the WTA tour.

Tennis legends Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Roger Federer will not compete in this year’s competition.

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