Nadal headlines TBTs at IW

The BNP Paribas Open announced Monday that Rafael Nadal will headline a Tie Break Tens event ahead of the main Indian Wells Masters 1000 / Premier Mandatory tournament.

It’s a winner-take-all event, with $150,000 US going to the winner.

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Also confirmed are Dominic Thiem, Gaël Monfils and Milos Raonic. Two spots remain in the six-man field.

(We say “six-man field”, of course, because it’s a men-only event).

The Eisenhower Cup

It will be called the “Eisenhower Cup presented by Masimo”, and held on Tuesday, March 5 at 7 p.m. during the Indian Wells qualifying. They’ll use fabulous Stadium 2 to play it.

The format is two pools of three players, playing a first-to-10 match tiebreak. The winners of the two pools will square off in the final.

It’s a great addition to the first couple of days of the event.

The tickets, which go on sale Tuesday at 1 p.m. EST on the BNP Paribas Open website, will be $25. Proceeds from the event will go to four local charities: Masimo’s Patient Safety Movement, Eisenhower Health, Bighorn Golf Club Charities; and Family YMCA of the Desert.

Who will the final two be? Do you think they can convince Djokovic, Federer or del Potro to sign on? Tune in.

Speaking of Tie Break Tens, wasn’t there supposed to be a similar event at the Australian Open during the qualifying week? Whatever happened with that? It just … disappeared.

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