Serves’ Up! Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, Ivanovic, Azarenka Take Part in IWTG Groundbreaking

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March 8, 2013 — Tennis top stars and past BNP Paribas Open champions Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Ana Ivanovic and Victoria Azarenka took part in the groundbreaking for the Indian Wells Tennis Garden expansion project on Friday.

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, BNP Paribas Open tournament owner Larry Ellison, Ana Ivanovic, Victoria Azarenka, and Novak Djokovic

The official groundbreaking ceremony involved numerous local dignitaries, including BNP Paribas Open tournament CEO Raymond Moore as well as Indian Wells mayor Mary Roche. WTA CEO Stacey Allaster was also on hand.

Ana Ivanovic, Victoria Azarenka, Larry Ellison, WTA CEO Stacey Allaster

Back in February, the Desert Sun reported that the Indian Wells City Council approved the plans for the $70 million expansion project on the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Plans are in place for a new 8,000-seat stadium with 2,000 parking spaces. Construction is expected to begin following the 2013 event, March 17. Officials expect the 10-month project to increase the fan capacity for the two-week event to 500,000 in 2014.

After the official groundbreaking, the first serves on site were made with the players in-line and aiming directly for the media. It’s every tennis players’ dream to peg the media, right? Serves’ up!

(Photos: Getty Images and Reuters)

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