Andy Murray Indian Wells 2021

Andy Murray and Sofia Kenin given Indian Wells Masters wild card entries

Andy Murray and Sofia Kenin have both received wild card entries to next month’s Indian Wells Masters.

As three-time Grand Slam champion Murray works his way back up the ATP World rankings after returning from a second hip surgery in 2019, he has been granted a wild card entry into next month’s Indian Wells Masters, a tournament widely dubbed as the ‘fifth Grand Slam.’

The Brit is currently ranked 84th in the world after having risen 51 positions since the turn of the new year.

This comes after reaching the final of the Sydney International, his first final since winning the European Open in 2019, as well as strong first round wins at the Australian Open, the Rotterdam Open, the Qatar Open and the Dubai Tennis Championships.

At last year’s Masters event, Murray famously lost his wedding ring after attaching it to the laces of his trainers. Murray then left his shoes under his car overnight but when he returned the following morning, the shoes were nowhere to be seen.

After making an appeal for help on social media, Murray was eventually reunited with his trainers and his ring.

Meanwhile, 2020 Australian Open winner Sofia Kenin received a wild card entry on the women’s side.

The American youngster enjoyed a breakthrough at the 2018 Masters when she reached the second round as a qualifier, which subsequently saw her enter the Women Tennis Association’s (WTA) top 100 after reaching the second round as a qualifier.

Kenin was the 11th seeded player at the Australian Open where she suffered a first round defeat to compatriot and eventual semi-finalist Madison Keys.

As a result of defending the maximum 2000 points won by winning the 2020 ‘Happy Slam’ instead of the 70 points from last year’s second round loss, Kenin plummeted to 95th in the world, although she now finds herself ranked 89th.

The main draw for the Indian Wells Masters starts on March 9th for the WTA and March 10th for the ATP, with both ending on March 20th.

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