Indian Wells

Mensik, Fognini among Indian Wells WCs

Americans Nakashima, Kovacevic, Kypson earn wild cards
March 01, 2024
Jakub Mensik is No. 87 in the PIF ATP Rankings.
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Jakub Mensik is No. 87 in the PIF ATP Rankings. By ATP Staff

#NextGenATP star Jakub Mensik will look to continue his breakthrough season at this month's BNP Paribas Open. The tournament announced on Friday that the Czech is one of five players to receive a wild card into the season’s first ATP Masters 1000 event.

The 18-year-old, who last week became the youngest finalist in Doha tournament history, holds the top spot in the PIF ATP Live Race to Jeddah. Mensik will make his ATP Masters 1000 debut in Indian Wells, where he joins Brandon Nakashima, Aleksandar Kovacevic, Patrick Kypson and Fabio Fognini as wild cards.

Nakashima has enjoyed a red-hot two months on the ATP Challenger Tour, boasting a 19-5 record at that level in 2024, including a title run in Tenerife. The California native will be joined by countrymen Kovacevic, who broke into the Top 100 in January, and Kypson, the 24-year-old who claimed his first tour-level victory in Delray Beach en route to the quarter-finals.

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Former World No. 8 Fognini will make his 14th main-draw appearance in Indian Wells.

Qualifying wild cards were awarded to tour-veterans Lucas Pouille and Steve Johnson as well as Stefan Dostanic, Cooper Woestendick and 2023 NCAA singles champion Ethan Quinn.

On the WTA side, the BNP Paribas Open awarded main draw wild cards to Venus Williams, Caroline Wozniacki, Emma Raducanu, Paula Badosa, Karolina Pliskova, Amanda Anisimova, Ashlyn Krueger and McCartney Kessler.

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