I started playing tennis almost a year ago after reading the book “Late to the Ball”. It was about the author who started playing competitive tennis at age 60. The book was very inspiring. I had just turned 59, and after playing in our yacht club tennis tournament, several folks told me I should pursue the game with the natural talent that I had. One of my good friends asked me if I had ever gone to the Paribas Open, one of the biggest Pro tournaments, that is held in Indian Wells California, not too far from our house. I have been wanting to see the U.S. Open in New York, but never heard of the Paribus Open. This year the Paribas Open is from March 5 through the 18th. Wasn’t too sure how my wife would like it, or myself for that matter, so we arranged to stay over one night and spend the day at the tournament before driving the 95 miles back home. I bought some assigned seats for stadium 3, which also allowed for us to see other matches in different stadiums in the open seating areas. We went the first day of qualifying, so we didn’t see any major tennis stars, but we had an amazing time. Stadium 3 is one of the small stadiums, and we were sitting right on top of the action on the south end of the stadium in the second row back, with no one in front of us. We watched two matches in stadium three, and then we went to big stadium two and watched another match. We had a fantastic lunch just outside of stadium two, before driving home. I’m very excited to plan next years adventure to the Paribas Open. I plan to see some of the later round matches, and spend several days attending the tournament. If you ever have the chance to see the Paribas Open in Indian Wells, you will not be dissapointed.
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