BNP Paribas Open: How to Travel with Your Gear to Indian Wells

BNP Paribas Open: How to Travel with Your Gear to Indian Wells

Tennis Paradise has Arrived

Feel the pulse of tennis history at the 2024 BNP Paribas Open, also known as Indian Wells, where the game’s biggest names will compete in the sun-drenched California desert. 

the rocketIf you’re one of the 475,000 fans estimated to attend the two-week tournament, you’re in for a treat! The world's number one ATP player, Novak Djokovic, looks to make a triumphant post-Australian Open return and compete against Jannik Sinner (No. 3) and Carlos Alcarez (No. 2). On the WTA circuit, player Elena Rybakina (No. 4) will fight to retain her 2023 Indian Wells women’s title against fierce rivals Iga Swiatek (No. 1), Aryna Sabalenka (No. 2), and Coco Gauff (No. 3). 

Mark your calendars for each tennis match with the following information on key dates:

  • March 8: Men’s and Women’s 2nd Round
  • March 10: Men’s and Women’s 3rd Round 
  • March 12: Men’s and Women’s 4th Round
  • March 14: Quarter Finals
  • March 15: Men’s Doubles Finals | Women’s Semi-Finals
  • March 16: Men’s Semi-Finals | Women’s Doubles Finals 
  • March 17: Singles Finals

the rocketIf you’re like us, not only are you looking forward to edge-of-your-seat tennis, but you’re also bringing your tennis bag and have a court in mind where you can get some play time in between these tennis matches.

Why Indian Wells? 

Indian Wells, often heralded as "tennis paradise," is not just a tournament; it's a revered destination for dedicated tennis players. Known as the "fifth Grand Slam," the BNP Paribas Open draws the crème de la crème of the ATP and WTA, making it a linchpin event for competitors and fans alike.

As each tennis match unfolds, it attracts a kaleidoscope of spectators: from the die-hard tennis enthusiasts who track every statistic to casual fans with the seed of possible interests soaking in the high-energy atmosphere to families making a point to embrace a sun-soaked Californian adventure.

the rocketYet Indian Wells' unique allure extends beyond the spectator stands. Many hotels offer on-site courts, so players can bring their tennis gear and play matches in tennis paradise. 

The Challenge of Traveling with Tennis Gear

The allure of playing tennis amidst the excitement of the BNP Paribas Open is undeniable. But for many tennis players, figuring out how to transport their favorite racquets can quickly become a big hassle.

It doesn’t matter if you’re flying in from the United States or the United Kingdom. You’re still stuck guessing carry-on or check-in, which takes on a whole new level when it comes to tennis equipment. Policies vary wildly, with some airlines explicitly allowing racquets in the cabin while others leave the interpretation to the gate agent. This uncertainty can make any traveler anxious.

To avoid the guesswork, the most natural solution is to pack your racquets and tennis accessories in a dedicated tennis bag. These bags are great for storing what you need for tennis matches but tend to exceed carry-on size limits, relegating them to checked luggage. Standard tennis bags may offer basic protection, but trusting them with your racquets on a flight is risky. But, unlike most bags, The Rocket tennis bag can truly protect your gear due to its durable materials shielding racquets from the cargo hold to the luggage carousel. 

Introducing The Rocket: A Solution to Your Travel Woes

the rocketThe Rocket tennis racquet bag is perfect for any jet-setting tennis player. This innovative bag boasts high-quality construction built to conquer the challenges of air travel.

The outer shell utilizes ultra-durable 1680D ballistic nylon, renowned for its exceptional abrasion resistance. This ensures your bag easily weathers the bumps and jostles of checked baggage. The protection doesn't stop there; advanced insulation within the racquet compartment safeguards your precious equipment from the extreme temperature fluctuations in airplane cargo holds. This one-two punch of durable materials and thoughtful design guarantees your racquets arrive safely, ready to dominate the court alongside you. Order your Rocket tennis racket bag today, and be prepared to elevate your game. 

Making the Most of Indian Wells

Indian Wells Tennis Garden is a tennis paradise, but your adventure doesn't have to end with the final match! Here's how to turn your trip into a truly unforgettable tennis experience:

Hit the Courts Yourself

the rocketThe excitement doesn't stop at the stadium as many hotels in Indian Wells boast on-site courts, allowing you to channel your own inner champion. Pack your racquets in The Rocket and play a few friendly matches with other fellow tennis players. It's a fantastic way to connect with other fans, share your passion for the game, and create lasting memories.

Explore the Tennis Oasis

the rocketIndian Wells is more than just a tournament venue. Take a break from the action and explore the vibrant Coachella Valley. Hike through breathtaking desert landscapes, pamper yourself at a world-class spa, or indulge in delectable cuisine at local restaurants. 


Don't let airline hassles or fragile bags ruin your BNP Paribas Open experience. By choosing the right travel companion for your racquets, you can ensure your gear arrives safe and sound. The Rocket offers peace of mind about precious gear. 

Now, you can focus on the real thrill—watching the world's best tennis players battle it out on court. The electric atmosphere, the heart-stopping rallies, the chance to see your tennis heroes in action—the BNP Paribas Open awaits! Get ready to be swept up in the excitement. 

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