BNP Paribas Open refers to a professional tennis event named Indian Wells Masters which is officially sponsored by BNP Paribas. It is an annual event in the professional tennis which is always held at Indian Wells, California. BNP Paribas is a French bank that sponsors this hard court based tennis tournament.
This tennis tournament is quite famous and it is considered as the most popular tennis event throughout the world after the four Grand Slams. This event is generally held in March every year where the initial set of qualifying games are played in the first week of March. The main draw play of in this event extends beyond 8 days and is the second of its kind after Sony Ericson Open that takes place if Florida.
In 2013, the initial set of qualifying games will start from 4th March 2013 for both men and women. The women's main draw will be played from 6th - 17th March 2013while the men's main draw will be played between 7th March - 17th March 2013. Apart from single men and women championships both types of double championships will also be played from 6th March - 18th March 2013.