BNP Paribas Tournament & The Women's Tennis Association (WTA)
So, I'm just going to throw this out there, I know nothing about Tennis. I grew up playing soccer or watching football with my dad. When Tennis came on, the T.V always turned off. I never had much interest in it either, I never thought I could play because I have the worst hand-eye- coordination. I was much better at kicking around a larger object that wasn’t flying 140mph at my face.
Fast forward to present day, I still don’t know much about the sport, but I do have so much more respect for the women and men that play the game. Casey and I were brought out to the BNP Paribas Tournament at Indian Wells in Palm Springs to watch and learn some more about tennis. I was really amazed to learn how much effort and work each individual has to put into their craft. Of course, no sport is easy, and they are all physically demanding on the body, but I really have a new respect for these athletes.
Imagine paying for a trip all the way around the world, hotels, rental cars, food, airfare and not even making it past day one! That’s tough. I think that would break me and my bank, so shout out to the athletes that keep going no matter what! On top of the financially challenging part, its physically and mentally demanding.
During the matches I saw just how physical the game is, each player running back and forth hitting the ball as hard as they possibly can. Some reached up to 103 mph, I don’t know about you, but I cannot hit a ball that hard.
It was really inspiring to watch all these amazing women play tennis on International Women’s Day. I didn’t know much women had to fight for equal rights in this game. Back in the 70’s a woman named Billie Jean King fought tirelessly and determined to change history for women tennis players. She demanded that women get equal pay and just overall fair and equal rights in the game. She created the WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) in hopes of creating a better future for women’s athletes.
I don’t know if you know, but recently a movie came out about Billie and her accomplishments and her big match with Bobby Briggs, called “Battle of the Sexes”. I watched this after we came back to our hotel and was so inspired by her strong-willed personality! Billie Jean is truly an inspiration to all women out there. I highly encourage you to watch this movie. It made me think about how much women have gone through to get where we are. I know we still have a lot to get through to get to where we want to be, but just know we are almost there!
“The Future is Female” – unknown
I love when I can attend something and gain a new understanding of someone’s struggle and success. I mean that in the best possible way too. I love seeing how people view different things and how they can be motivated by something they are so passionate about. I wish every day I could find something to be so moved by that it changes the way I think. I think we need more people like this in the world to really make the changes we want to see.
Or better yet, just be that person to change the world.
Thank you, Billie Jean King, for fighting and paving the way for these women to pursue their dreams. You are a real Hero. I had so much fun at this event and would encourage anyone and everyone to attend. It’s filled with fun and so many activities for anyone at any age. There’s also a lot of food to choose from, which in my book is always a good time! We also got a sneak peek of some of the tennis players doing their photoshoots. This set up was so dreamy and was actaully really cool to see how the photographers get the perfect action shot!