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The Italian veteran Andreas Raducanu has been given a wildcard for the 2012 Indian Wells event after qualifying for his first Masters 1000 event.
The 41-year-old was named the winner of the final US$200,000 US$85,000 singles award, the only one awarded for the Los Angeles event, at last week’s $1m Vonsolano tournament in Turin, beating the top seed Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals.
Raducanu becomes the fourth most celebrated player not to qualify for the ATP event, which will see the likes of Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and the defending champion Caroline Wozniacki in action.
It was Raducanu’s second claycourt success this month, he having won the doubles final in the same event on 27 April, which means he will also be available for the doubles in Indian Wells, where he played last year.
The All-India Tennis Association president, Anil Khanna, said: “I welcome this decision.
“It was our hope to extend the invitation to many deserving players in the Indian Wells draw but there could be no fumbling about in keeping the selectors at bay.”
Men’s singles wildcards given for Indian Wells, March 6-13, 2012
Steve Johnson, Tsonga, Falla, Federer, Djokovic, Lajovic, Fognini, Marrero, Raonic, Ferrer, Isner, Zeballos, Hanley