As frequent, pleasant breezes stirred the air during the final matches of the 2010 BMW Tennis Championship, the near-capacity crowds were treated not only to the drama of the matches unfolding on court, but to the entertainment provided in between as well. Three main events, in addition to the exciting matches, drew in the crowds.
First up were the Spoon Benders, a popular regional band who performed between match play. They played everything from Coldplay to Jack Johnson and U2, plus some of their own original songs. Fans relaxed in the shade and snacked on treats from the food court as they swayed and moved to the Spoon Benders' tunes.
Another crowd-pleaser was the dance team, Live In Color, who performed before the Doubles and Singles Championship matches on Sunday. The troupe, founded in 1989, celebrates diversity as their sets display a mixture of Caribbean, African, Latin, and Urban cultures. The team has attained national recognition with their unique, crowd-pleasing performances, which were in full force for the fans watching the tournament.
However, the biggest draw came in the form of massive horsepower. BMW offered test drives of models including the X6, the X5 diesel, the 335 convertible, and the Z4 convertible. The Z4 and the 335 were by far the fan favorites.
“I definitely enjoyed being able to drive something with that much horsepower,” said Chris Whiddon, one of the many people who chose to try out the Z4 convertible. “It was awesome being able to take my girlfriend to the tennis match, then being able to show off my driving skills.”
It wasn’t just the cars that impressed the fans; the whole tournament was appealing. Many people expressed their enjoyment of the events and were pleasantly surprised at the quality of the tennis.
“I really was impressed with the tournament. The entertainment was definitely worth the admission ticket. I even brought my mother today after seeing everything that went on during the week,” said Grace Dolder, as she watched the final match between Florian Mayer (GER) and Gilles Simon (FRA). “She doesn’t know a thing about tennis but she really enjoyed herself. She especially liked watching the dancing.”
By Alyssa Cutter, BMW Tennis Championship Media Staff March 21, 2010