We are here at the BNP Paribas Open. After a minor hotel malfunction, as in the hotel we were booked into sucked, we were able to switch reservations and are now staying at a much nicer place. Many of the players stay here. This morning we see Fabio Fognini, Oliver Marach, and Dennis Istomin in the hotel lobby. God, are tennis players thin. They look way thinner in person than they do on TV.
We have the same seats as last year. From our vantage point in the Emirates Club Suite we see Wozniacki, Kohlschreiber, Nadal, Safina and Querrey win. Over in Stadium two we watch Dolgopolov go down to Del Potro, Petrova beat an upcoming American player, McHale and Federer and Wawrinka beat Benneateau and Gasquet. It is really great to see these players in such an intimate setting. But it is really hard on the bum to sit in those bleachers for hours!
Here’s some pictures of the players.