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Tennis-Murray, Kenin delivers wild cards to Indian Wells

View of the stadium at Indian Wells Tennis Garden during the BNP Paribas Open ATP tennis tournament of Nadal and Del Potro
FILE PHOTO: A panoramic view of the stadium at Indian Wells Tennis Garden is seen as Spain’s Rafael Nadal (top) plays against Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina in the men’s singles final in the BNP tennis tournament Paribas Open ATP in India Wells, California, March 17, 2013. REUTERS / Danny Moloshok

March 2, 2022

By Rory Carroll

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Andy Murray and Sofia Kenin have been handed wild cards for this month’s Indian Wells tournament, organizers said on Tuesday.

The BNP Paribas Open’s Twitter page posted a photo of the couple with the caption: “They’re here.”

Murray is a three-time Grand Slam champion, whose best result at the tournament in the Southern California desert was in 2009 when he was defeated by Rafa Nadal in the final, losing in the third round of last year’s Masters 1000.

The Briton also lost his wedding ring during the event after attaching it to smelly sneakers he had left under his car. Following an appeal on social media, the ring and sneakers were returned.

Kenin had her breakthrough at Indian Wells in 2018 when, in her teens, she broke into the top 100 by reaching the second round as a qualifier.

The American tennis player won the Australian Open in 2020 and has risen to number 4 in the world.

The Indian Wells main draw begins with WTA matches on March 9 and ATP action on March 10, and ends on March 20.

(Reporting by Rory Carroll in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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