Defending Champion Bianca Andreescu Out of 2020 BNP Paribas Open

  • Reigning champion Andreescu is not fit to take part in the 2020 BNP Paribas Open.
  • Andreescu is one of many tennis stars who will miss the tournament.
  • The tournament in Indian Wells starts on March 12.

2020 BNP Paribas Open will not feature Bianca Andreescu. The defending WTA champion of the Indian Wells Masters will have to miss this year’s tournament due to an injury that’s been bothering her for months.

The Canadian player, who is currently fourth in the WTA Rankings, suffered a knee injury last October at the Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen. The injury has kept her out of the court since, making her delay the start of the 2020 campaign.

Bianca Andreescu is not the only high-profile player who will miss the Indian Wells tournament. Other WTA players include Victoria Azarenka, Danielle Collins, Simona Halep, and Angelique Kerber.

In addition, several ATP stars will also stay off the courts of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, most notably Roger Federer who’s recovering from surgery and who is expected to miss the 2020 French Open as well.

Other players we aren’t going to see in the ATP tournament of the 2020 BNP Paribas Open include Kevin Anderson, Kei Nishikori, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Guido Pella, Albert Ramos Vinolas, and Jo-Wilfred Tsonga.

2020 BNP Paribas Open Wildcards

This year, some rising stars have given their chance to shine in the desert, including the 16-year-old Carlos Alcaraz and 18-year-old Brandon Nakashima.

In addition, some tennis legends have also received wildcard entries, most notably the former WTA no.1 Kim Clijsters. The 36-year-old is back on the court this year after a seven-year break from professional tennis. Although she’s won the Indian Wells Masters on two occasions, the Belgian player is one of the biggest underdogs in the 2020 tournament.

Due to the withdrawals of several seeded players, the tournament organizers had to invite their replacement, some of whom are highly ranked among tennis fans. For instance, Philipp Kohlschreiber got an invitation to replace Roger Federer, while Federico Delbonis was appointed as Kevin Anderson’s replacement.

The 2020 BNP Paribas Open will also see Ons Jabeur on the court, who comes to the Californian desert as a replacement of Danielle Collins.

Biggest Title Favorites

Although bookmakers are yet to release the odds on the tournament winners, it’s very likely that the shortest odds in the ATP tournament are going to be on Novak Djokovic. The world no.1 is coming to California with a 100% winning score in 2020. The Serbian player has won two tournaments already this year, namely the Australian Open and Dubai Open.

In the WTA tournament of the 2020 BNP Paribas, Ashleigh Barty is thought of as the main favorite for the title, given that she’s currently the best-ranked female player in the world. Still, there are several other players who have set their eyes on the trophy, including Sofia Kenin, the winner of the Ladies Singles at the 2020 Australian Open.