May 18, 2024

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Miami Open wild cards announced



Headlining the list of Miami Open wild cards announced Monday is two-time champion (and two-time finalist) Andy Murray.

Murray, who hasn’t played Miami since 2016, missed the Dubai tournament this week because of the birth of his fourth child with wife Kim.

In addition to Murray, the other main-draw wild cards were also announced. And they skew young:

Carlos Alcaraz (ESP)
Michael Mmoh (USA)
Hugo Gaston (FRA)
Jack Draper (GBR)

American Michael Mmoh gets a main-draw wild card in Miami.

On the women’s side, Ana Konjuh of Croatia, the former top-20 player who is trying to come back from a few years in injury hell, has been given a main-draw wild card.

Some of the other choices are … interesting.

The IMG agency owns this tournament. And they most often use those wild cards to give their players high-level playing opportunities.

The others are:

Anna Kalinskaya (RUS)
Storm Sanders (AUS) (!!!!)
Katrina Scott (USA)
Mayar Sherif (EGY)
Xiyu Wang (CHN)
Xinyu Wang (CHN)

Miami qualifying wild cards mostly American for the men, mixed bag for the women

Americans Ulises Blanch, Christopher Eubanks, Toby Kodat and Emilio Nava, along with Shintaro Mochizuki of Japan, have been given wild cards into the men’s qualifying.

On the women’s side, the passes have gone to to a more international group that includes only three Americans.

Hayley Baptiste (USA)
Olga Danilovic (SRB)
Alexandra Eala (PHI)
Linda Fruhvirtova (CZE)
Robin Montgomery (USA)
Whitney Osuigwe (USA)

Notably shut out are former IMG clients Genie Bouchard and Jack Sock.

Bouchard is about a dozen spots out of the qualifying at this point, having been entered with her ranking prior to the jump she was able to make by getting to the final of Guadalajara last week.

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