2015 BNP Paribas Open – Day 5.

Here is a gallery from ATP and WTA All-Access Hour and media availability today at the BNP Paribas Open, as well as a few from some practice sessions as the bigger names arrived on site. 

Didn’t get the chance to shoot a lot of match action today, but there were some fun features from the media hour. When you take a step back, it’s crazy to see moments like the above, with the world’s best so close to each other. 

Photos: The Championships Wimbledon 2014 – Thursday, June 26, 2014.

"A fan reads a newspaper on the outer courts at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Thursday, June 26, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

“A fan reads a newspaper on the outer courts at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Thursday, June 26, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

"Fans watch as Rafael Nadal practices at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Thursday, June 26, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

“Fans watch as Rafael Nadal practices at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Thursday, June 26, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

"Milos Raonic hits a forehand during a match against Jack Sock at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Thursday, June 26, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

“Milos Raonic hits a forehand during a match against Jack Sock at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Thursday, June 26, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

"Ana Ivanovic celebrates after defeating Jie Zheng at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Thursday, June 26, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

“Ana Ivanovic celebrates after defeating Jie Zheng at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Thursday, June 26, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

"Sabine Lisicki serves during a match against Karolina Pilskova at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Thursday, June 26, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

“Sabine Lisicki serves during a match against Karolina Pilskova at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Thursday, June 26, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

"Sabine Lisicki celebrates after defeating Karolina Pilskova at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Thursday, June 26, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

“Sabine Lisicki celebrates after defeating Karolina Pilskova at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Thursday, June 26, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

"Fans queue to enter No. 3 Court at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Thursday, June 26, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

“Fans queue to enter No. 3 Court at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Thursday, June 26, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

"Fans wait for autographs on the stairs outside Centre Court at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Thursday, June 26, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

“Fans wait for autographs on the stairs outside Centre Court at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Thursday, June 26, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

"Fans look over a balcony at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Thursday, June 26, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

“Fans look over a balcony at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Thursday, June 26, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

"Darija Jurak and Megan Moulton-Levy (USA) chat before a doubles match against Su-Wei Hsieh and Shuai Peng at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Thursday, June 26, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

“Darija Jurak and Megan Moulton-Levy (USA) chat before a doubles match against Su-Wei Hsieh and
Shuai Peng at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Thursday, June 26, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

"A ball boy looks across court at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Thursday, June 26, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

“A ball boy looks across court at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Thursday, June 26, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

"A line judge looks across court at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Thursday, June 26, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

“A line judge looks across court at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Thursday, June 26, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

"A fan reaches for a bottle of wine inside a tent as they wait in the queue to enter the grounds at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Thursday, June 26, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

“A fan reaches for a bottle of wine inside a tent as they wait in the queue to enter the grounds at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Thursday, June 26, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

"A fan stands under an umbrella as she waits in the queue to enter the grounds at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Thursday, June 26, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

“A fan stands under an umbrella as she waits in the queue to enter the grounds at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Thursday, June 26, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

Another long one. Here are some selects from the day, and here is a gallery with some others. 

Photos: 2014 BNP Paribas Open – Day 7.

"Alexandr Dolgopolov reacts after defeating Rafael Nadal in three sets at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Monday, March 10, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Alexandr Dolgopolov reacts after defeating Rafael Nadal in three sets at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Monday, March 10, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Alexandr Dologpolov hugs Rafael Nadal after their match at the BNP Paribas Open Monday, March 10, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Alexandr Dologpolov hugs Rafael Nadal after their match at the BNP Paribas Open Monday, March 10, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Rafael Nadal and Alexandr Dolgopolov play each other in a third round match on Stadium 1 at the BNP Paribas Open Monday, March 10, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Rafael Nadal and Alexandr Dolgopolov play each other in a third round match on Stadium 1 at the BNP Paribas Open Monday, March 10, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Roger Federer reacts after defeating Dmitry Tursunov in the third round of the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Monday, March 10, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Roger Federer reacts after defeating Dmitry Tursunov in the third round of the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Monday, March 10, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Li Na hits a forehand against Karolina Pliskova in the third round of the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Monday, March 10, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Li Na hits a forehand against Karolina Pliskova in the third round of the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Monday, March 10, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Ana Ivanovic hits a forehand against Sloane Stephens at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Monday, March 10, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Ana Ivanovic hits a forehand against Sloane Stephens at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Monday, March 10, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Andy Murray reacts after losing a point to Jir Vesely in the third round of the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Monday, March 10, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Andy Murray reacts after losing a point to Jir Vesely in the third round of the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Monday, March 10, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Maria Sharapova serves to  Camila Giorgi in the third round at the BNP Paribas Open Monday, March 10, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Maria Sharapova serves to Camila Giorgi in the third round at the BNP Paribas Open Monday, March 10, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Camila Giorgi serves to Maria Sharapova in the third round at the BNP Paribas Open Monday, March 10, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Camila Giorgi serves to Maria Sharapova in the third round at the BNP Paribas Open Monday, March 10, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Camila Giorgi plays Maria Sharapova in the third round at the BNP Paribas Open Monday, March 10, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Camila Giorgi plays Maria Sharapova in the third round at the BNP Paribas Open Monday, March 10, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Camila Giorgi reacts after winning a point against Maria Sharapova in the third round at the BNP Paribas Open Monday, March 10, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Camila Giorgi reacts after winning a point against Maria Sharapova in the third round at the BNP Paribas Open Monday, March 10, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Maria Sharapova argues with the chair umpire during a third round match against Camila Giorgi at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Monday, March 10, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Maria Sharapova argues with the chair umpire during a third round match against Camila Giorgi at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Monday, March 10, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Camila Giorgi reacts after defeating Maria Sharapova in the third round at the BNP Paribas Open Monday, March 10, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Camila Giorgi reacts after defeating Maria Sharapova in the third round at the BNP Paribas Open Monday, March 10, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Maria Sharapova waves to the crowd as she walks off court after being defeated in three sets by Camila Giorgi in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open Monday, March 10, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Maria Sharapova waves to the crowd as she walks off court after being defeated in three sets by Camila Giorgi in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open Monday, March 10, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

What a day of tennis. Just like that, the two defending champions of this tournament, Maria Sharapova and Rafael Nadal, are out of the draw after being upset to two underdogs.

Great drama. Great moments.

Photos: BNP Paribas Open – Day 6.

"Roger Federer serves during his match against Ivan Dodig Monday, March 11, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Roger Federer serves during his match against Ivan Dodig Monday, March 11, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Roger Federer serves during his match against Ivan Dodig Monday, March 11, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Roger Federer serves during his match against Ivan Dodig Monday, March 11, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Roger Federer serves during his match against Ivan Dodig Monday, March 11, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Roger Federer serves during his match against Ivan Dodig Monday, March 11, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Roger Federer serves during his match against Ivan Dodig Monday, March 11, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Roger Federer serves during his match against Ivan Dodig Monday, March 11, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Roger Federer poses for a photo with singer Gladys Knight Monday, March 11, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Roger Federer poses for a photo with singer Gladys Knight Monday, March 11, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Caroline Wozniacki serves during her match against Elena Vesnina Monday, March 11, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Caroline Wozniacki serves during her match against Elena Vesnina Monday, March 11, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Mardy Fish and James Blake wave to the crowd after defeating Milos Raonic and Feliciano Lopez Monday, March 11, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Mardy Fish and James Blake wave to the crowd after defeating Milos Raonic and Feliciano Lopez Monday, March 11, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Bob and Mike Bryan talk between points during their match against John Isner and Same Querrey Monday, March 11, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Bob and Mike Bryan talk between points during their match against John Isner and Same Querrey Monday, March 11, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Ana Ivanovic reacts during her match against Mona Barthel Monday, March 11, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Ana Ivanovic reacts during her match against Mona Barthel Monday, March 11, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Fans show their support for Ana Ivanovic during her match against Mona Barthel Monday, March 11, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Fans show their support for Ana Ivanovic during her match against Mona Barthel Monday, March 11, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Ernests Gulbis returns a shot during his match against Andreas Seppi Monday, March 11, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Ernests Gulbis returns a shot during his match against Andreas Seppi Monday, March 11, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Victoria Azarenka reacts during her match against Kirsten Flipkens Monday, March 11, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Victoria Azarenka reacts during her match against Kirsten Flipkens Monday, March 11, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Sun sets over the grounds of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden Monday, March 11, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Sun sets over the grounds of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden Monday, March 11, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Fans cheer between during a match between Lleyton Hewitt and Stanislas Wawrinka Monday, March 11, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Fans cheer between during a match between Lleyton Hewitt and Stanislas Wawrinka Monday, March 11, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

Yesterday was another packed day at the BNP Paribas Open. The draws are starting to thin out, so because I’ve got a bit more time with each match, I’m starting to mix things up and get some different angles and looks around court. 

I also had the opportunity to shoot a private meet and greet with Roger Federer and Gladys Knight, the “Empress of Soul,” which was a little side adventure. 

Another big day today. Enjoy the tennis!

Photos and Video: BNP Paribas Open – Day 4.

"Samantha Stosur serves during her match against Madison Keys Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California."

“Samantha Stosur serves during her match against Madison Keys Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Jamie Murray serves alongside Andy Murray during their doubles match against Nenad Zimonjic and Robert Lindstedt Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Roger Federer serves during his match against Denis Istomin Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California."

“Roger Federer serves during his match against Denis Istomin Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Rafael Nadal serves during his match against Ryan Harrison Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California."

“Rafael Nadal serves during his match against Ryan Harrison Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Victoria Azarenka hits a backhand during her match against Daniela Hantuchova Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California."

“Victoria Azarenka hits a backhand during her match against Daniela Hantuchova Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Caroline Wozniacki hits a backhand during her match against Alize Cornet Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California."

“Caroline Wozniacki hits a backhand during her match against Alize Cornet Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Ana Ivanovic returns a shot during her match against Taylor Townsend Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California."

“Ana Ivanovic returns a shot during her match against Taylor Townsend Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Lleyton Hewitt celebrates after defeating John Isner in three sets Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California."

“Lleyton Hewitt celebrates after defeating John Isner in three sets Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"The chair umpire booth on stadium two is shown Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California."

“The chair umpire booth on stadium two is shown Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Mardy Fish and James Blake play a point against David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California."

“Mardy Fish and James Blake play a point against David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Richard Gasquet serves during his match against Bernard Tomic Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California."

“Richard Gasquet serves during his match against Bernard Tomic Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Maria Sharapova greets fans during an autograph session Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California."

“Maria Sharapova greets fans during an autograph session Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

I think this is the first time in my life that I’m actually sore from carrying photo gear and climbing stadium steps, and I’ve done a lot of that. Yesterday made for a crazy day, which included editing the video above and shooting photos at 13 different matches throughout the day.

It was a grind, but I had a blast doing it. If anything, it was a good leg and shoulder workout.

The video is similar to the WTA All-Access video I produced several days ago, but from the men’s side of the draw. It’s kind of a fun watch, if only to see the top five players in the world talk about each other.

As for the photos, I’ve posted a variety of action and features. It’s always a good challenge to mix things up while shooting tennis, particularly during the early rounds when you have so many matches to cover. For the first few days when you’re bouncing from court to court so quickly, it’s more about speed and efficiency rather than creativity. The above is a selection from the day. 

Today is another big day! Enjoy!

Photos and Video: BNP Paribas Open – Day 3.

"Ana Ivanovic, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer shovel dirt Friday, March 8, 2013 during a groundbreaking ceremony for a new stadium set to be built at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Palm Springs, California."

“Ana Ivanovic, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer shovel dirt Friday, March 8, 2013 during a groundbreaking ceremony for a new stadium set to be built at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California.”

“Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer chat Friday, March 8, 2013 during a groundbreaking ceremony for a new stadium set to be built at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California.”

"Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer chat Friday, March 8, 2013 during a groundbreaking ceremony for a new stadium set to be built at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Palm Springs, California."

“Rafael Nadal autographs construction helmets Friday, March 8, 2013 during a groundbreaking ceremony for a new stadium set to be built at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California.”

"Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer chat Friday, March 8, 2013 during a groundbreaking ceremony for a new stadium set to be built at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Palm Springs, California."

“Novak Djokovic addresses the media at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California Friday, March 8, 2013”

“Ball kids await the start of a ‘Salute Our Heroes’ ceremony on Stadium One court at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California Friday, March 8, 2013.”

Day three was a crazy day for me, but I was able to shoot some pretty unique things. After editing video from the Player Party in the morning, I shot a Q&A with former World No. 1 and eight time Grand Slam champion, Jimmy Connors, which you’ll see up top. 

The questions come from fans of the tournament on Facebook and Twitter, and Jimmy was great for the camera. I shot this quick hit on a Canon 7D DSLR and recorded with wireless lavaliers. 

I then rushed over to the outskirts of the Indian Wells Tennis Center, where I shot stills at the groundbreaking ceremony for a new stadium that will be built and ready for play by next year’s tournament. Present at the ceremony were Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Ana Ivanovic, and Victoria Azarenka. It’s difficult to screw up the photos when you have all those people in one place.

After that, I shot a Djokovic presser, and in the evening, a ceremony on the main stadium court honoring the military. I’m wiped, but I’m proud of all this content. We’re set for an exciting weekend of tennis.