Jerry Shea
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Hit for Haiti - Tennis in Indian Wells, CA

Monday kicked off the 35th year of the fifth largest tennis tournament in the WORLD at the beautiful Indian Wells Tennis Garden.


The top 77 men and 75 of the top 77 women will compete for the top prizes in this years BNP Paribas Open. In December, billionaire Larry Ellison, co-founder and CEO of the Oracle software company, bought 100% of the BNP Paribas Open and the Indian Wells Tennis Garden including the 55 acres of prime Indian Wells land.  Ellison, according to Forbes magazine is the fourth richest man in the world with an estimated net worth of $22.5 billion. Just a few weeks ago he brought the Americas Cup back to the United States by wining the race with his BMW Oracle racing team in Valencia, Spain. To kick off this years 35th Open season, he lined up Andre Agassi, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Pete Sampras for a doubles exhibition match called Hit for Haiti to raise money for the American Red Cross relief efforts. The event will be held at 7:30 PM this Friday, March 12. It was also just announced that a women’s doubles match will be held on Thursday afternoon, March 11 with Steffi Graf and Lindsay Davenport playing against Martina Navratilova and Justine Henin. Can you imagine how exciting it will be to see these 8 legends of tennis in your own backyard raising at least $1 million for earthquake ravaged Haiti?


The BNP Paribas Open is the most attended tennis tournament in the WORLD, outside of the four Grand Slams.  Monday, March 8, was the first day of women’s qualifying and throughout the day the top seeded players in the world started arriving in the Coachella Valley for what promises to be one of the best tennis tournaments in the 35 year history of the Open. In between selling houses in one of the most gorgeous areas of the world, I am looking forward to stopping by and watching the best tennis players in some exciting tennis matches. Many people reading this article will not have the privilege of physically being in the Gardens, but hopefully you will be able to catch it on TV. In addition to the great tennis, make sure you look at the aerial coverage showing the unsurpassed beauty of Indian Wells and the surrounding cities in the Palm Springs area of the Coachella Valley. World class tennis is only one of the myriad of things to do in the Desert. Every week there are major golf tournaments or art festivals or music festivals, street fairs, polo matches and just plain relaxing in the good life of the Desert. By the way if you like what you see, give me a call at 760-567-9296 or visit my website at and I will be happy to find you a wonderful home here. For more information on the Indian Wells real estate market, please take a look at my recent blog article, Indian Wells Real Estate - Is now the time to Buy or Sell?. You too, can be part of the good life. Tennis anyone?

BNP Paribas Open

When: March 8-21

Where: Indian Wells Tennis Garden

Tickets: Visit:, call (800) 999-1585 or (760) 200-8000 or visit the box office at 78-200 Miles Avenue in Indian Wells, CA 92210

Hit For Haiti

When: Friday March 12. 7:30 PM ,  First match of the evening session