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Nadal to Headline Rafa and Friends Indian Wells Event

Rafael Nadal is joining forces with familiar faces in an Indian Wells charity exhibition event next month.

World No. 2 Nadal headlines “Rafa & Friends” in the second annual Eisenhower Cup presented by Masimo. The one-night Tie Break Tens event is set for for Tuesday, March 10th during the 2020 BNP Paribas Open.

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Joining the 19-time Grand Slam champion and three-time BNP Paribas Open champion Nadal will be the defending BNP Paribas Open champion and Australian Open finalist Dominic Thiem; 2019 US Open finalist Daniil Medvedev; Matteo Berrettini; three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka; 2019 Eisenhower Cup Champion Milos Raonic; 22-year-old American Taylor Fritz; and one additional player still to be announced.

The Eisenhower Cup is a $150,000 winner-take-all event staged in Stadium 2 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

“We are thrilled that The Eisenhower Cup presented by Masimo will once again serve as a kickoff to the BNP Paribas Open and raise funds for local charities,” said Tommy Haas, BNP Paribas Open tournament director. “A huge thank you to Rafa and all of these incredible players for taking part in such a fantastic event. What a perfect way to welcome everyone to another year in Tennis Paradise.”

The fast-paced, innovative Tie Break Tens format consists of first to ten-point tie break matches. The event will be an eight-player single elimination draw, with a total of seven matches being held during the course of the evening.

The Eisenhower Cup presented by Masimo will begin at 8:00 p.m. and all tickets will be $25.

All ticket proceeds from the event will benefit local charities, including Masimo’s Patient Safety Movement; Eisenhower Health; Bighorn Golf Club Charities; and Family YMCA of the Desert.

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