Halep, Tiafoe, Ostapenko, Johnson Headline Tennis With The Stars In Rancho Mirage, March 6
Tennis with the Stars presented by the BNP Paribas Open features an exclusive, intimate gathering of some of the world’s top tennis players as a kickoff to the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, CA. The event presents a rare opportunity for a limited number of amateur tennis players, spectators, and VIPs to have an up close and personal experience with the tennis stars on-and-off the court. (Here’s what last year looked like.)
Tennis With The Stars and the BNP Paribas Open support ACEing Autism on both a national and local level in 2018. A portion of the event proceeds will benefit ACEing Autism’s program at the Rancho Las Palmas Country Club providing therapeutic activity and interaction for Coachella Valley-area children on the autism spectrum.
Tennis With The Stars is a unique tennis event that benefits a great cause. We are excited to support ACEing Autism and continue to grow tennis opportunities in the Coachella Valley and beyond. -Tommy Haas, Tournament Director of the BNP Paribas Open
Simona Halep broke into the top 50 at the end of 2012. She won her first 6 WTA titles in the same calendar year in 2013, broke into the top 20, and was named the WTA’s Most Improved Player. In 2014, she reached the Australian Open Quarterfinals and became top 10 in the world. She is the the 2017 French Open Finalist, and is currently ranked No. 1 in the world.
Jelena Ostapenko won the 2017 French Open, stunning the tennis world by becoming the youngest major champion in over a decade. She also made the quarterfinals of Wimbledon last summer, and won in Seoul. Currently ranked no. 6 in the world.
Tiafoe is a 20 year old rising American star with the athletic talent, potential and personality to be a game changer in tennis. Currently at his career high of World No. 61, his most notable performance to date came in defeat at the 2017 US Open, where he took Roger Federer to an epic 5 set match. He became the youngest American male to win an ATP World Tour title since 2002 when he captured the title in Delray Beach last month.
Johnson, a Southern California native, has been ranked as high as no. 21 in the world and has won two ATP World Tour Titles (Nottingham ’16, Houston ’17). Most recently, he teamed with Ryan Harrison to clinch victory for the U.S. Davis Cup team in a 3-0 win over Serbia. Johnson was a 4-time NCAA team champion and 2-time individual champion while competing for USC, including a 72 match win streak over his final two seasons. Currently ranked #47.
Cahill is a former World No. 10 professional tennis player from Australia. He has been an elite coach on both the ATP and WTA tours. He has previously worked with Andre Agassi, Lleyton Hewitt, and Andy Murray amongst many others. He is the current coach of Simona Halep, and is a longtime ESPN analyst for the Grand Slams.
2013 International Tennis Hall of Fame inductee Cliff Drysdale has been an industry pioneer for decades. From his days as a top player, including winning the U.S. Open doubles championship, to his many leadership roles across tennis governing bodies, Drysdale’s name and voice are synonymous with tennis. ESPN’s first tennis commentator, Drysdale has been commentating Grand Slam events since 1979.
1:30pm – Welcome Pro Am (Limited availability. Amateur players advance registration required)
2pm – 4:30pm – Pro Am Tournament (winners earn a chance to play with-and-against the Stars in the evening exhibition)
4pm – Stadium seating opens for General Admission and VIP Spectator Ticket Holders
4pm-5pm VIP Welcome Cocktail (Sponsors, VIP Spectators, Pro Am and VIP All Star passes only)
5pm – 6pm – Tennis with the Stars Exhibition on Stadium Court
6pm – 6:30pm – VIP Meet and Greet, Photos and Autographs (VIP Spectator, Pro Am and VIP All Star passes only)
6pm – 8pm – Dinner and live band at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas Country Club. (Cooked to order pasta buffet and happy hour drink specials)