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Former champion Thiem receives wild card entry for Indian Wells

The Austrian won his first Masters Series title at Indian Wells in 2019, beating Federer in the final

Dominic Thiem at the 2019 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells Dominic Thiem at the 2019 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells Image Credit: Antoine Couvercelle / Panoramic

Former BNP Paribas Open champion Dominic Thiem, of Austria, has received a wild card entry into the Indian Wells Masters Series event next month, marking a return to the tournament for the first time in four years.

Thiem, ranked No 99 in the world, had defeated Roger Federer 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 in the final of the 2019 edition of the tournament to claim his first career Masters Series title.

The 29-year-old Thiem said he was looking forward to getting back to Indian Wells in a video that was posted on social media on Wednesday.

“Hello Indian Wells! Today I received the great message that I will get a wild card for the 2023 BNP Paribas Open,” Thiem said. “It’s unbelievable news for me as it’s a tournament I love and it’s going to be the first time I played there since I won the tournament in 2019. So looking forward to seeing you all there. Thank you!”

Thiem is playing on clay in Buenos Aires this week and takes on Peru’s Juan Pablo Varillas in the second round on Thursday.

Last week, Indian Wells tournament organizers announced that former US Open champion Emma Raducanu had also received a wild card into the women’s event at Indian Wells.

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