2017 BNP Paribas Open: Saturday, March 11, 2017.

Here are some photos from my second day out at the 2017 BNP Paribas Open.

Photos: The Championships Wimbledon 2014 – Thursday, July 3, 2014.

"Eugenie Bouchard walks toward the Aorangi practice courts before her semi-final match against Simona Halep at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Thursday, July 3, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

“Eugenie Bouchard walks toward the Aorangi practice courts before her semi-final match against Simona Halep at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Thursday, July 3, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

"Petra Kvitova walks towards the Aorangi practice courts before her semi-final match against Lucie Safarova at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Thursday, July 3, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

“Petra Kvitova walks towards the Aorangi practice courts before her semi-final match against Lucie Safarova at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Thursday, July 3, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

"Petra Kvitova and Lucie Safarova play each other in the Ladies' Singles Semi-Final match on Centre Court at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Thursday, July 3, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

“Petra Kvitova and Lucie Safarova play each other in the Ladies’ Singles Semi-Final match on Centre Court at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Thursday, July 3, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

"Petra Kvitova hits a forehand during the Ladies' Singles Semi-Final match against Lucie Safarova on Centre Court at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Thursday, July 3, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

“Petra Kvitova hits a forehand during the Ladies’ Singles Semi-Final match against Lucie Safarova on Centre Court at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Thursday, July 3, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

"Lucie Safarova reacts after losing a point during the Ladies' Singles Semi-Final match against Petra Kvitova on Centre Court at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Thursday, July 3, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

“Lucie Safarova reacts after losing a point during the Ladies’ Singles Semi-Final match against Petra Kvitova on Centre Court at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Thursday, July 3, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

"Petra Kvitova reacts after winning a game during the Ladies' Singles Semi-Final match against Lucie Safarova on Centre Court at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Thursday, July 3, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

“Petra Kvitova reacts after winning a game during the Ladies’ Singles Semi-Final match against Lucie Safarova on Centre Court at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Thursday, July 3, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

"Petra Kvitova and Lucie Safarova hug each other at the net after the Ladies' Singles Semi-Final match on Centre Court at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Thursday, July 3, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

“Petra Kvitova and Lucie Safarova hug each other at the net after the Ladies’ Singles Semi-Final match on Centre Court at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Thursday, July 3, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

"Eugenie Bouchard and Simona Halep meet at the net for a coin toss before  the Ladies' Singles Semi-Final match on Centre Court at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Thursday, July 3, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

“Eugenie Bouchard and Simona Halep meet at the net for a coin toss before the Ladies’ Singles Semi-Final match on Centre Court at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Thursday, July 3, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

"Simona Halep reaches for a backhand during the Ladies' Singles Semi-Final match against Eugenie Bouchard on Centre Court at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Thursday, July 3, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

“Simona Halep reaches for a backhand during the Ladies’ Singles Semi-Final match against Eugenie Bouchard on Centre Court at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Thursday, July 3, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

"Eugenie Bouchard serves during the Ladies' Singles Semi-Final match against Simona Halep on Centre Court at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Thursday, July 3, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

“Eugenie Bouchard serves during the Ladies’ Singles Semi-Final match against Simona Halep on Centre Court at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Thursday, July 3, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

"Eugenie Bouchard reacts after defeating Simona Halep in the Ladies' Singles Semi-Final match  on Centre Court at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Thursday, July 3, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

“Eugenie Bouchard reacts after defeating Simona Halep in the Ladies’ Singles Semi-Final match on Centre Court at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Thursday, July 3, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

"Martina Hingis prepares to return a serve on Centre Court at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Thursday, July 3, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

“Martina Hingis prepares to return a serve on Centre Court at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Thursday, July 3, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

"A ball girl hits a volley after invitation doubles player Paul Haarhuis invited her to play a point to replace his partner at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Thursday, July 3, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

“A ball girl hits a volley after invitation doubles player Paul Haarhuis invited her to play a point to replace his partner at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Thursday, July 3, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

We’re down to the final two players on the women’s side, as Petra Kvitova and Eugenie Bouchard have advanced to the finals of this year’s Wimbledon. I was lucky enough to be on Centre Court to shoot both semi-final matches yesterday. It really is a beautiful court, and I loved every minute of being out there. 

These are the highlights from those two matches, as well as a few other scenes from throughout the day. 

Here, here, and here are galleries with more of my photos. Men’s semi-finals are today!

Photos: 2014 BNP Paribas Open – Day -3.

"A hot air balloon is set up before a ride above the Coachella Valley with WTA player Lucie Safarova in Indian Wells, California Monday, March 3, 2014."

“A hot air balloon is set up before a ride above the Coachella Valley with WTA player Lucie Safarova in Indian Wells, California Monday, March 3, 2014.”

"WTA player Lucie Safarova takes a ride in a hot air balloon above the Coachella Valley in Indian Wells, California Monday, March 3, 2014."

“WTA player Lucie Safarova takes a ride in a hot air balloon above the Coachella Valley in Indian Wells, California Monday, March 3, 2014.”

"WTA player Lucie Safarova takes a ride in a hot air balloon above the Coachella Valley in Indian Wells, California Monday, March 3, 2014."

“WTA player Lucie Safarova takes a ride in a hot air balloon above the Coachella Valley in Indian Wells, California Monday, March 3, 2014.”

"An aerial view of California's Coachella Valley is shown from a hot air balloon Monday, March 3, 2014."

“An aerial view of California’s Coachella Valley is shown from a hot air balloon Monday, March 3, 2014.”

"Camila Giorgi hits a forehand during a qualifying much against Irina Falconi at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Monday, March 3, 2014."

“Camila Giorgi hits a forehand during a qualifying much against Irina Falconi at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Monday, March 3, 2014.”

"Draw chips are shown during the 2014 BNP Paribas Open WTA Draw Ceremony at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Monday, March 3, 2014."

“Draw chips are shown during the 2014 BNP Paribas Open WTA Draw Ceremony at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Monday, March 3, 2014.”

"Jelena Jankovic is introduced during the 2014 BNP Paribas Open WTA Draw Ceremony at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Monday, March 3, 2014."

“Jelena Jankovic is introduced during the 2014 BNP Paribas Open WTA Draw Ceremony at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Monday, March 3, 2014.”

"The sun sets over the grounds of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Monday, March 3, 2014."

“The sun sets over the grounds of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Monday, March 3, 2014.”

What a fantastic day!

Riding in a hot air balloon wasn’t necessarily on my bucket list, but it’s neat to say that I can check that off my list. The WTA tennis tour arranged for Czech player Lucie Safarova to take a hot air balloon ride this morning over the Coachella Valley, so I was called to ride along and take photos. 

We caught an absolutely perfect morning, and by the time we were airborne the sun had just come up over the horizon. Golden light, a great subject to work with, and beautiful scenery from 2,000 feet in the air made for a happy photographer. 

Here is the WTA video from the ride, which will give you a better sense of it all. 

After that, it was all the other “run of the mill” stuff – tennis, draw ceremonies, and sunsets. A day to remember.