Wind and Rain Possible at BNP Paribas
What will that predicted rain mean for the semi-finals and finals of the BNP Paribas Open?Photo: Video by kmir6.com
INDIAN WELLS - What will that predicted rain mean for the semi-finals and finals of the BNP Paribas Open?
Tennis isn't really a rain or shine sport.
The courts need to be dry, so a sudden downpour could put games on hold.
We talked to fans who came a long way to see the tournament.
Four friends came to play and watch tennis all the way from Hawaii - but they could get drenched by rain.
"We're a tough team here, so we can play in the rain, the snow, big waves, it doesn't matter, but I hear it is going to be pretty bad," said Mary-Marshall Seaver from Hawaii.
The forecast calls for wind and rain this weekend.
"I am not thrilled with it, because in previous tournaments that I've been in, they normally do eight game pro-sets if there's a rain delay, which I do not prefer," said Cheryl Golgart, also visiting from Hawaii.
The high wind warning starts Saturday morning, and could be followed by rain.
"Well it doesn't surprise me, we've down here a month and we haven't seen any moisture at all," said Michael Townsend of Seattle, Washington.
The tournament rain policy is that every attempt will be made to play the scheduled matches, and they will keep fans updated.
In past years, if it rained they waited for it to stop and then dried off the courts.
Some fans worry games could be postponed.
"Oh well that's our concern, because we're supposed to fly out on Monday so if it gets postponed, we won't be able to go, and I'm not sure what we'll do with our tickets," said Jan Hazlett of Alberta, Canada.
But the four friends from Hawaii refuse to let the weather put a damper on their tennis experience.
"Everything has been fantastic, and I can't wait to get in there and see the actual pros, I've never seen them live," said Golgart.
Saturday and Sunday's stadium matches are scheduled to begin at 11am.