Novak Djokovic Set For Indian Wells Return After 5 Years, Rafael Nadal Features On Entry List

Feb 8, 2024

World No. 1 and 24-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic will return to the BNP Paribas Open after a five-year hiatus in an attempt to capture a record sixth title at Indian Wells. The five-time champions (2008, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016) hold the tournament-record of 20 consecutive match wins from their three matches from 2014–2016. This week, the BNP Paribas Open revealed its player entry list. The 2024 BNP Paribas Open, taking place at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden from March 3 to 17, will feature a star-studded field of former Indian Wells champions and emerging talent.

Djokovic's last appearance at Indian Wells in 2019 ended with a third-round exit.

After losing earlier than anticipated at the Australian Open, World No. 2 and defending BNP Paribas Open champion Carlos Alcaraz returns to Tennis Paradise looking to regain glory and find his footing on his championship run from last year.

Alcaraz stunned the desert crowd last year, becoming the first man since Roger Federer in 2017 to win at Indian Wells without losing a set.

Fan favorite and three-time Indian Wells champion (2007, 2009, 2013) Rafael Nadal will join the star-studded field in the desert. Nadal will return to tennis paradise after missing the 2023 tournament due to injuries. The 22-time Grand Slam champion, who missed the Australian Open earlier this year due to injury, will be looking to make a strong start to his season.

2024 Australian Open champion Jannik Sinner is off to a strong start to the season and looks to carry his momentum into the desert. Sinner was ranked fourth in the world, and performed well in his first season, losing to eventual champion Alcaraz in the semi-finals.

Southern California native Taylor Fritz will once again lead the way among the top-ranked American players on the ATP Tour.

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