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Alcaraz & Swiatek in action at Indian Wells on Sky! All you need to know

Here’s everything you need to know about Indian Wells, including the draw, who’s playing and the schedule. You can watch all the drama unfold live on Sky Sports.

Live coverage the BNP Paribas Open continues on Saturday from 7pm, with Emma Raducanu and Cameron Norrie in action in the second round at 7pmlive on Sky Sports Tennis.

World No 1 Novak Djokovic also begins his campaign, while US Open Champion Coco Gauff, Australian Open winner Aryna Sabalenka and four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka also take to the court on a bumper day of tennis.

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Which Brits are in action

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Highlights of Emma Raducanu’s first-round match against Rebeka Masarova

Emma Raducanu moved into the second round with victory in straight-sets over Rebeka Masarova on Thursday.

The 21-year-old, given a wild card at this tournament, set up a meeting with Ukraine’s Dayana Yastremska on Court 3 as she got past Spanish qualifier Masarova 6-2 6-3.

Looking ahead to Raducanu’s match with Yastremska on Saturday, Sky Sports’ Laura Robson said: “There’s going to be some heavy hitting. It’s going to be a match where you’re not going to get much rhythm from Yastremska because it’s going to be a winner or an error.

“I think in some ways you know what you’re going to get but if you’re overthink a few of your shots then you’re going to get exposed. It’s going to be a fun one.”

British men’s No 1 and 2021 champion here, Cameron Norrie, will also start his tournament on Saturday at 7pm on Court 4 against Lorenzo Sonego after receiving a bye through to the second round due to being seeded No 28.

The Brits who have gone out

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Dan Evans lost his temper, smashing his racket in defeat to Roman Safiullin

Katie Boulter and Jack Draper both suffered disappointing first-round exits on Wednesday, the former falling in straight sets to Camila Giorgi 6-3 6-2. Draper went down 1-6 6-3 6-2 to Christopher O’Connell.

Dan Evans suffered a tough 1-6 7-5 6-2 defeat against Roman Safiullin on Thursday after struggling with a shoulder problem.

Andy Murray produced an encouraging display but eventually went down to No 5 seed Andrey Rublev in the second round on Friday having won his opening match against qualifier David Goffin.

Which other big names are competing in California?

Carlos Alcaraz holds the championship trophy after winning the finals of the BNP Paribas Open tennis in Indian Wells
Image: Carlos Alcaraz holds the championship trophy after winning in Indian Wells last year

Five-time champion Djokovic gets set for his return at Indian Wells, while Australian Open champions Jannik Sinner and Aryna Sabalenka are also in action in ‘Tennis Paradise’.

What’s the schedule? You can catch all the action on Sky Sports Tennis

Wednesday, March 6 – Men’s and women’s singles first round
Thursday, March 7 – Men’s and women’s singles first round
Friday, March 8 – Men’s and women’s singles second round
Saturday, March 9 – Men’s and women’s singles second round
Sunday, March 10 – Men’s and women’s singles third round
Monday, March 11 – Men’s and women’s singles third round
Tuesday, March 12 – Men’s and women’s singles fourth round
Wednesday, March 13 – Men’s and women’s singles fourth round
Thursday, March 14 – Men’s and women’s singles quarter-finals
Friday, March 15 – Women’s singles semi-finals, men’s doubles final
Saturday, March 16 – Men’s singles semi-finals, women’s doubles final
Sunday, March 17 – Men’s and women’s singles finals

Where is Indian Wells?

Indian Wells Tennis Garden amid the global coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, Saturday, May 17, 2020, in Indian Wells, Calif. The IWTG contains 29 tennis courts, including a 16,100-seat Stadium 1, 11 match courts, six practice courts, and two Har-Tru clay courts on 88 acres (360,000 m). Stadium 1 is the second largest tennis-specific stadium in the world. (Kirby Lee via AP)

Having played host to the tournament every year since its opening in 1974, the Indian Wells Tennis Garden is located near Palm Springs, California, in the Coachella Valley.

Alongside its 16,100-capacity centre court – the second largest tennis-specific stadium in the world – the complex also boasts 29 hard-courts.

Who are the reigning champions?

Elena Rybakina won Indian Wells in 2023
Image: Elena Rybakina won the women’s tournament last year

Men’s singles – Carlos Alcaraz
Women’s singles – Elena Rybakina
Men’s doubles – Rohan Bopanna and Matthew Ebden
Women’s doubles – Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova

How to watch play on Sky Sports Tennis

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For further access, fans will also be able to follow their favourite players and gain deeper insights from both Tours via Sky Sports News, the Sky Sports app, on SkySports.com and via Sky Sports social channels.

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