The BNP Paribas Open will be held Oct. 4-17, six months later than usual, and fans will have to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination, organizers announced Thursday.

Men and women from around the world will descend to the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in the Coachella Valley to compete for $15.3 million in total prize money.

“The BNP Paribas Open in October is going to be a can’t-miss occasion,” tournament director Tommy Haas said. “We know that our fans have been eagerly awaiting our return, and we are looking forward to delivering an unforgettable event that celebrates the unique `Tennis Paradise’ experience.”

The tournament will enforce all protocols established by the ATP and WTA tours, as well as county health officials, to ensure the safety of players, fans and officials, Haas said.

In addition to all fans, staff, vendors and media members being required to show proof of full vaccination prior to entering, “additional testing as well as mask mandates” may be required in certain seating areas, the organizers said.

Specific COVID protocols will be clarified closer to the start of play.

Tickets go on sale July 7.

The postponement of the tournament from March 8-21 was announced in December. The 2020 tournament was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

More information is available at bnpparibasopen.com/.

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