INDIAN WELLS – In two days, the 46th annual BNP Paribas Open will take center stage here. It will run from March 4-17 featuring world-class, professional tennis players.

Hundreds of thousands of spectators will descend on the area to see firsthand some of the biggest names in tennis.

All of the top-ranked 75 men and women in the world are expected, based on the entry list that was released Jan. 23. The two you won’t see, however, are Maria Sharapova, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Richard Gasquet. Injuries have sidelined them.

Female entrants still playing include Serena and Venus Williams, Simona Halep, Angelique Kerber, Caroline Wozniacki and returning champion and top-ranked Naomi Osaka.

Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro, last year’s singles champion, are among the men who will take to the court.

The event is the largest two-week combined Women’s Tennis Association and Association of Tennis Professionals other than the four Grand Slams.

The professional tennis tournament draws hundreds of thousands of spectators to the Coachella Valley.  In 2018, the BNP Paribas Open was heralded a tremendous success. Some 450,502 people attended the two-week event from March 5 to March 18. It was the second highest attendance ever, behind only 2015 when 456,672 people attended.

If you cannot get to the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, 78-200 Miles Ave., matches will be televised live on Tennis Channel daily and on ESPN during the later rounds. Tennis Channel coverage begins daily at 11 a.m., starting Tuesday, March 5.

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You may also stream the matches live on the Tennis TV app.

You may also watch players practice by buying a daily grounds pass or Stadium ticket.

Admission is free on Monday, March 4 and Tuesday, March 5. Daily grounds passes are $20 for Wednesday, March 6, $30 for Thursday, March 7, and $50 for each day during the remainder of the tournament. A daily will be posted daily at the practice courts, and seating is first-come, first-served.

The tournament begins with qualifying from March 4-6. The WTA main draw will be unveiled at 4 p.m. on Monday, March 4 in Stadium Plaza, with matches beginning on Wednesday, March 6. The ATP main draw will be announced on Tuesday, March 5 in Stadium Plaza at 3 p.m.

The tennis tournament will then run each day until the singles finals Sunday, March 17.

Following is the tennis schedule:

Monday, March 4: Qualifying beings at 11 a.m. Admission is free

Tuesday, March 5: Qualifying continues at 11 a.m. Admission is free

Wednesday, March 6: Men’s Qualifying/Women’s first round

Thursday, March 7: Men’s and Women’s first round

Friday, March 8: Men’s and Women’s second round

Saturday, March 9: Men’s and Women’s second round

Sunday, March 10: Men’s and Women’s second/third round

Monday, March 11: Men’s and Women’s third round

Tuesday, March 12: Men’s third round/Women’s Round of 16

Wednesday, March 13: Men’s Round of 16/Women’s Quarterfinals

Thursday, March 14: Men’s and Women’s Quarterfinals

Friday, March 15: Men’s Quarterfinals/Women’s Semifinals

Saturday, March 16: Men’s Semifinals and Doubles Final/Women’s Doubles Final

Sunday, March 17: Men’s and Women’s singles Final

*All day sessions begin at 11 a.m.; evening sessions begin at 7 p.m.