A quick mention of a few adjectives used by participants to describe their experience participating in the 2015 “Tennis with the Stars” event, put on by Cliff Drysdale Tennis on the eve of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif. included “incredible,” “awesome” and “marvelous.” Expect that and even more for the 2016 edition of “Tennis with the Stars” that will be held the afternoon of March 8, 2016 at the beautiful Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage.
This is a rare chance and a special opportunity to take the court with some of the world’s best tennis players in a laid back and fun environment. Just 24 amateur players will have the opportunity to play with Cliff Drysdale Tennis pros and other special guests, leading up to the four winners earning a once in a lifetime opportunity to play with four of the best tennis players in the world.
A full and fun afternoon of tennis is in store for all. It all starts with the Pro/Am doubles round robin and then it moves into some games run by the Cliff Drysdale Tennis professionals. Exhibition matches featuring the ATP and WTA pros and amateurs advancing out of the round robins are the highlight of the program. Slated to appear on court this year are Wimbledon finalist and WTA No. 3 Garbine Muguruza, Wimbledon finalist and former WTA No. 6 Eugenie Bouchard, ATP World Tour No. 8 and Japanese star Kei Nishikori, along with ATP No. 9 and French No. 1 Richard Gasquet.
A VIP meet and greet featuring all the players and staff of Cliff Drysdale Tennis tops off the evening as it’s a chance to sample champagne and hors d’oeuvres and talk tennis. Also this year, an even more exclusive travel package is being offered and it’s called the “Ultimate Indian Wells VIP Experience” for those looking to make the most of their week in the desert. Here is how it is being billed:
“Be one of 12 to have the most memorable Indian Wells Tennis Experience of a lifetime! Package includes 3 nights accommodations, breakfasts, and dinners, daily tennis clinics, play in the Tennis with the Stars Pro Am and Exhibition, including Champion of the Court with Gasquet, Nishikori, and Bouchard. Enjoy the opening night session at the BNP Paribas Open from the comfort of a luxury suite. Escorted the entire time by your own private chauffeur, tennis pro and tour guide from Cliff Drysdale Tennis. Arrive Monday March 7th – Depart Thursday March 10th.”
The action is open to the public by reservation with limited availability. Pro Am entries, spectator tickets and VIP packages are now available for purchase here. Come with your racket and ready to play some serious tennis. The Cliff Drysdale Tennis staff will keep you moving and also inject some humor into the event, while you work on and improve your game.
The particulars and program includes the Pro/Am, exhibitions, the post exhibition meet and greet and more. It all takes place on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at the Rancho Las Palmas Country Club at Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa, beginning at 2 p.m.
“We’re thrilled to bring this event back to the Coachella Valley in 2016 as a preview of the action to come at the BNP Paribas Open,” said Kimberly Arena, Vice President, Sales & Marketing for Cliff Drysdale Management. “This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity for tennis fans to have an up close and personal view of the some of the world’s greatest tennis players having fun on the court, complete with a meet and greet, photo and autograph session. We greatly appreciate the outpouring of support from the local community and look forward to providing another world-class tennis experience to many smiling faces this year.”
There is something for every tennis fan and player when it comes to the 2016 Tennis with the Stars’ slate of action. Go here to buy your tickets and secure your spot. Remember, before the BNP Paribas Open, you can play tennis with the stars.