Another busy but exciting day at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden yesterday. I was on hand to shoot the McEnroe Challenge for charity, which featured the unveiling of a mural of John McEnroe on the tournament grounds, an opening commemorating the first match played on the newly constructed Stadium 2, and exhibition matches with former tennis legends including Jim Courier.
I also shot Kids Day earlier in the afternoon, which made for some fun, refreshing images.
Good morning from Palm Springs, California, where I’m here for the next three weeks shooting photo and video for the tournament website and social media outlets at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament. I’m really happy to come back here after a great few weeks at this tournament last year.
I’m out here a few days early to cover events related to the grand opening of a brand new Stadium 2, seen above, as well as some incredibly impressive expansions to the grounds at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, which we’ll be documenting more as the tournament goes on.
Last night, I shot the opening draw ceremony to the McEnroe Challenge for Charity, an exhibition match with former tennis legends who will play to raise money for four different charities.
It’s great to be back into tennis season! Lots more to come over the next several weeks.
I was asked to photograph the Boston leg of the 2012 Powershares Tennis Tour, which brings former World No. 1 tennis players together on the same court in cities across the country.
In attendance yesterday were Pete Sampras, John McEnroe, Ivan Lendl, and Jim Courier, who share 33 grand slam titles between themselves.
A delay in the tennis court surface’s arrival made for a very long night, but as a tennis fan, this was a fun event to shoot. It’s not every day that you get to hang with the best tennis players of all time.
I’m not exactly sure what I was doing at this event, but for some reason, I was there. One minute I was across the grounds sitting in front of a laptop editing photos. The next minute I’m told that we needed coverage of the USTA Serves charity auction event in the President’s Suite in Arthur Ashe Stadium, and that I was the one who’d need to cover it.
Once I was allowed in, I found myself surrounded with the likes of Tony Bennett, Alec Baldwin, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Robin Roberts (the host of Good Morning America), and other actors, stars, and tennis royalty. It’s a good thing I was dressed for the occasion. I fit right in with my Nike sneakers, khaki shorts, and polo…
Anyway, I enjoyed it and learned a lot that night. You can click here to see my full gallery from the event.
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