BNP Paribas Open: Nadal vs. Ellison, game set match

Rafael Nadal had a chance to hit a little with the big boss here.

Like last year, Nadal had a tennis session with BNP Paribas Open and Indian Wells Tennis Garden owner Larry Ellison here during the tournament.

“It’s always a real honor,” said Nadal, who also was one of the players who served up the first ball at the groundbreaking for the stadium’s new addition with Ellison. alongside. ”It means a lot of me and especially for the tennis to have someone like Larry who is supporting like this our sport. It’s great for what he’s doing for tennis and especially for this tournament.”

Nadal pointed out that Ellison’s backhand has improved since last year’s meeting, but was it all about tennis or business?

Ellison is the CEO and founder of software giant Oracle.

“We talked a lot about tennis. He knows more tennis I think than me,” Nadal said.