PHOTOS: 2016 BNP PARIBAS OPEN – DAY 13.

Here are my photos from the men’s and women’s singles finals matches on Sunday in Indian Wells. On the women’s side, Victoria Azarenka pulled out an upset over World No. 1 Serena Williams, while Novak Djokovic cruised easily to beat Canadian, Milos Raonic.

And with that, the 2016 BNP Paribas Open is over. It’s hard to believe this is the fourth straight year that I’ve shot this amazing tournament. Each year, the event gets bigger, more innovative, and more progressive. And lucky for me, the team that I get to be a part of does to. When I started in 2013, there were just five of us on our media team. It has now grown to over 20, and is poised to get bigger in years to come. What we have now is an elite team of writers, photographers, videographers, social media experts, and public relations specialists, all bringing expertise from different professions and different places. It’s pretty special, and it makes the long hours, endless flights of stairs, and countless hours in the 90 plus degree sun with heavy photo equipment all worth it. I’m lucky and thankful to be a  part of something like that. 

I also believe that in this business, it’s good practice to be as diverse as possible. It’s refreshing to shoot special events like this. For me, it gives me a breather from shooting baseball, but also always leaving me feeling re-energized creatively, and ready to bring that energy back to my work here at the Boston Red Sox. I think events like these balance themselves out well with my career in baseball, and I’m lucky to be able to experience both. 

A big congratulations and thank you to everyone I got to work with in Indian Wells. By this point, there are too many people to thank individually. That’s a good problem to have. You all know who you are.

After three weeks at Red Sox Spring Training followed immediately by ten hard days shooting tennis in the desert, I am physically exhausted. I need to relax and regroup over the next few days. Then I’ll get fired up for the start of another season at Fenway Park. It’s good to be busy!

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PHOTOS: 2016 BNP PARIBAS OPEN – DAY 12.

Here are photos from the men’s and women’s doubles finals and the men’s semi-finals. A big day of singles finals today!

PHOTOS: 2016 BNP PARIBAS OPEN – DAY 11.

Here are photos from a huge day of quarter-finals and semi-finals tennis yesterday at the BNP Paribas Open! Another big day coming up today.

PHOTOS: 2016 BNP PARIBAS OPEN – DAY 10.

Here are some quick ones from Day 10 at Indian Wells desert tennis!

PHOTOS: 2016 BNP PARIBAS OPEN – DAY 9.

Another crazy one yesterday! Nadal, Djokovic, and Serena all move on.

PHOTOS: 2016 BNP PARIBAS OPEN – DAY 8.

Here are more photos as action continued yesterday out here at the BNP Paribas Open!

PHOTOS: 2016 BNP PARIBAS OPEN – DAY 7.

Here are some quick stills from yesterday’s action at the BNP Paribas Open.

PHOTOS: 2016 BNP PARIBAS OPEN – DAY 6.

Here are photos from Day 6 out here in Indian Wells! We had all the big names on court yesterday, capped off by a tight three set win from Rafael Nadal. Another busy one today.

Photos and Reflections: 2014 BNP Paribas Open – Day 13.

“Novak Djokovic and American Idol judge Randy Jackson pose for a photograph before the 2014 BNP Paribas Open men’s finals Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Novak Djokovic and American Idol judge Randy Jackson pose for a photograph before the 2014 BNP Paribas Open men’s finals Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“American Idol finalist Angie Miller sings the National Anthem before the 2014 BNP Paribas Open women’s finals Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“American Idol finalist Angie Miller sings the National Anthem before the 2014 BNP Paribas Open women’s finals Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Flavia Pennetta is introduced on court before the 2014 BNP Paribas Open women’s finals against Agnieszka Radwanska Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Flavia Pennetta is introduced on court before the 2014 BNP Paribas Open women’s finals against Agnieszka Radwanska Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Flavia Pennetta hits a backhand during the 2014 BNP Paribas Open women’s finals against Agnieszka Radwanska Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Flavia Pennetta hits a backhand during the 2014 BNP Paribas Open women’s finals against Agnieszka Radwanska Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Agnieszka Radwanska hits a backhand during the 2014 BNP Paribas Open women’s finals against Flavia Pennetta Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Agnieszka Radwanska hits a backhand during the 2014 BNP Paribas Open women’s finals against Flavia Pennetta Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Fans show support for Agnieszka Radwanska during the 2014 BNP Paribas Open women’s finals against Flavia Pennetta Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Fans show support for Agnieszka Radwanska during the 2014 BNP Paribas Open women’s finals against Flavia Pennetta Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Flavia Pennetta reacts after winning the first set during the 2014 BNP Paribas Open women’s finals against Agnieszka Radwanska Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Flavia Pennetta reacts after winning the first set during the 2014 BNP Paribas Open women’s finals against Agnieszka Radwanska Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Flavia Pennetta reacts after defeating Agnieszka Radwanska to win the 2014 BNP Paribas Open women’s singles championship Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Flavia Pennetta reacts after defeating Agnieszka Radwanska to win the 2014 BNP Paribas Open women’s singles championship Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Flavia Pennetta poses with the trophy after defeating Agnieszka Radwanska to win the 2014 BNP Paribas Open women’s singles championship Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Flavia Pennetta poses with the trophy after defeating Agnieszka Radwanska to win the 2014 BNP Paribas Open women’s singles championship Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Novak Djokovic, John McEnroe, a ball boy, and Roger Federer pose for a photograph before the 2014 BNP Paribas Open men’s finals Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Novak Djokovic, John McEnroe, a ball boy, and Roger Federer pose for a photograph before the 2014 BNP Paribas Open men’s finals Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Roger Federer serves to Novak Djokovic during the 2014 BNP Paribas Open men’s finals Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Roger Federer serves to Novak Djokovic during the 2014 BNP Paribas Open men’s finals Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Roger Federer hits a forehand during the 2014 BNP Paribas Open against Novak Djokovic Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Roger Federer hits a forehand during the 2014 BNP Paribas Open against Novak Djokovic Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Roger Federer reacts after winning a point during the 2014 BNP Paribas Open against Novak Djokovic Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Roger Federer reacts after winning a point during the 2014 BNP Paribas Open against Novak Djokovic Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Novak Djokovic reacts after losing a point during the 2014 BNP Paribas Open against Roger Federer Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Novak Djokovic reacts after losing a point during the 2014 BNP Paribas Open against Roger Federer Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Novak Djokovic hits a forehand during the 2014 BNP Paribas Open against Roger Federer Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Novak Djokovic hits a forehand during the 2014 BNP Paribas Open against Roger Federer Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Novak Djokovic reacts after winning a point during the 2014 BNP Paribas Open against Roger Federer Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.” Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Novak Djokovic reacts after winning a point during the 2014 BNP Paribas Open against Roger Federer Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”
Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Novak Djokovic reacts after defeating Roger Federer in three sets to win the 2014 BNP Paribas Open men’s singles championship Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Novak Djokovic reacts after defeating Roger Federer in three sets to win the 2014 BNP Paribas Open men’s singles championship Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Novak Djokovic poses with the trophy after defeating Roger Federer to win the 2014 BNP Paribas Open men’s singles championship Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Novak Djokovic poses with the trophy after defeating Roger Federer to win the 2014 BNP Paribas Open men’s singles championship Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Novak Djokovic addresses media after defeating Roger Federer to win the 2014 BNP Paribas Open men’s singles championship Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Novak Djokovic addresses media after defeating Roger Federer to win the 2014 BNP Paribas Open men’s singles championship Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Novak Djokovic poses with the trophy and the Serbian flag after defeating Roger Federer to win the 2014 BNP Paribas Open men’s singles championship Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Novak Djokovic poses with the trophy and the Serbian flag after defeating Roger Federer to win the 2014 BNP Paribas Open men’s singles championship Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

I’m 30,000 feet above somewhere in the middle of the country, flying back to freezing cold Boston after an unforgettable three weeks working at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.

This was the second year in a row I’ve shot this tournament, and it was amazing to see how much it grew in just 12 months time, not only in the size of the venue itself, but also in the scope of our digital and social media operation. Tennis is a progressive sport, and as journalists we’re lucky that this tournament embraces the ever-changing, expansive world of social media and digital technology. 
Our website crew of six people last year nearly doubled in size this year, as did the quality and quantity of the content we produced as a result. Writing, blogging, photo, video, social media on just about any platform imaginable – we did it all, and at a level that’s comparable to any other tennis tournament or sporting event in the world. It’s a really exciting line of work to be a part of. 
 
This is without a doubt a glamorous event by professional tennis standards, and I have to pinch myself sometimes when I find myself in situations like yesterday, standing two feet away from Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the player’s tunnel against the backdrop of the scenic California desert. But from a photographer’s perspective, these few weeks are a grind. The pace is grueling, most days easily going 13 or 14 hours long, and climbing up and down stadium steps with huge camera equipment in the 90 plus degree sun all day can be brutal. It’s no vacation. 
 
But as I finally find the time to reflect upon the whole experience for a few minutes, it’s clear that the memories I’ve made and the people I’ve met and worked with make it all worthwhile. 
 
There are so many people I could shout out, but there are a few I have to mention here. Thank you to Dee Dee Felich and Cindy Liberati, for working so hard throughout the year to make this tournament such a great place to come back to each year, and for embracing and supporting the work that we do. To our fearless leader Matt Van Tuinen, thank you for the opportunity to work, not just in Indian Wells but throughout the years. Nobody in the world of media does it better than you and it’s impressive to watch. Thanks also to social media guru and all around rockstar Nick McCarvel for the brilliance, leadership, guidance, and navigation through this crazy world of tennis. Michael Cummo and Lauren Foley, my Boston Red Sox contingent of photographers and videographers, both did an incredible job and their talent and hustle is top notch. And to everyone else on our crew – Fred Sidhu, Craig Gabriel, Stephen Villatoro, Rodrigo Azurmendi, David Rosenberg, and Erwin Ong – thanks for doing what you do and doing it so well. I’m lucky to work with such talented individuals.
 
The images above are the highlights from the men’s and women’s finals matches. 
 
Now it’s time to switch gears yet again. Opening day at Fenway Park is just a few short weeks away!

Photos: 2014 BNP Paribas Open – Day 12.

"Novak Djokovic plays John Isner in Stadium 1 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in the men's semifinals of the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Saturday, March 15, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Novak Djokovic plays John Isner in Stadium 1 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in the men’s semifinals of the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Saturday, March 15, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Roger Federer hits a forehand against Alexandr Dolgopolov in the semifinals of the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Saturday, March 15, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Roger Federer hits a forehand against Alexandr Dolgopolov in the semifinals of the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Saturday, March 15, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Alexandr Dolgopolov hits a forehand against Roger Federer in the semifinals of the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Saturday, March 15, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Alexandr Dolgopolov hits a forehand against Roger Federer in the semifinals of the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Saturday, March 15, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Roger Federer hits a backhand against Alexandr Dolgopolov in the semifinals of the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Saturday, March 15, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Roger Federer hits a backhand against Alexandr Dolgopolov in the semifinals of the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Saturday, March 15, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Roger Federer reacts after defeating Alexandr Dolgopolov in the semifinals of the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Saturday, March 15, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Roger Federer reacts after defeating Alexandr Dolgopolov in the semifinals of the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Saturday, March 15, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Roger Federer and  Alexandr Dolgopolov shake hands after Federer defeated Dolgopolov in the semifinals of the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Saturday, March 15, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Roger Federer and Alexandr Dolgopolov shake hands after Federer defeated Dolgopolov in the semifinals of the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Saturday, March 15, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Novak Djokovic waits to be introduced before playing John Isner in the semifinals of the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Saturday, March 15, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Novak Djokovic waits to be introduced before playing John Isner in the semifinals of the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Saturday, March 15, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"John Isner hits a forehand against Novak Djokovic in the semifinals of the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Saturday, March 15, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“John Isner hits a forehand against Novak Djokovic in the semifinals of the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Saturday, March 15, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Novak Djokovic plays John Isner in the semifinals of the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Saturday, March 15, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Novak Djokovic plays John Isner in the semifinals of the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Saturday, March 15, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"John Isner hits a forehand against Novak Djokovic in the semifinals of the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Saturday, March 15, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“John Isner hits a forehand against Novak Djokovic in the semifinals of the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Saturday, March 15, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Novak Djokovic reacts after winning a point against John Isner in the semifinals of the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Saturday, March 15, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Novak Djokovic reacts after winning a point against John Isner in the semifinals of the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Saturday, March 15, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Novak Djokovic reacts after defeating John Isner in the semifinals of the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Saturday, March 15, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Novak Djokovic reacts after defeating John Isner in the semifinals of the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Saturday, March 15, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Su-Wei Hsieh and Peng Shuai react after winning the women's doubles title over Cara Black and Sania Mirza at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Saturday, March 15, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Su-Wei Hsieh and Peng Shuai react after winning the women’s doubles title over Cara Black and Sania Mirza at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Saturday, March 15, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Su-Wei Hsieh and Peng Shuai react after winning the women's doubles title over Cara Black and Sania Mirza at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Saturday, March 15, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Su-Wei Hsieh and Peng Shuai pose with the trophy after winning the women’s doubles title over Cara Black and Sania Mirza at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Saturday, March 15, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Bob and Mike Bryan react after defeating Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares to win the 2014 BNP Paribas Open doubles championship Saturday, March 15, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Bob and Mike Bryan react after defeating Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares to win the 2014 BNP Paribas Open doubles championship Saturday, March 15, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Bob and Mike Bryan react after defeating Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares to win the 2014 BNP Paribas Open doubles championship Saturday, March 15, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Bob and Mike Bryan pose with the trophy after defeating Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares to win the 2014 BNP Paribas Open doubles championship Saturday, March 15, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

After a long and crazy tournament, yesterday’s results at the BNP Paribas Open just seem to make everything fall into place. The number one seeded women’s doubles team of Su-Wei Hsieh and Peng Shuai won the doubles championship, the unstoppable duo of Bob and Mike Bryan won their 97th career doubles title, and Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic both advanced to set up a dream final here today. 

Can’t wait to shoot these championship photos today!