Andy Murray, who is currently being touted as a possible coach for Emma Raducanu, has been handed a tricky draw at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells as he could face Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz in the second round and the third seeded Alexander Zverev in round three.
The men’s draw stars on Thursday with Murray, who received a wildcard into the ATP Masters 1000 event, opens against the French world No 51 Adrian Mannarino on Friday.
If he progresses, he meets 18-year-old Alcaraz, who is playing in his first event since a leg injury ended his impressive run to the quarter-finals of the US Open.
Third seed Zverev awaits the winner of that match, with the seeded Italians Matteo Berrettini (5) and Jannik Sinner (10) also in Murray’s quarter of the draw.
Indian Wells is one of two Masters events, along with Monte Carlo that the former world No.1, who has just slipped down to 121, has not won.
Dan Evans, the British No 1, seeded 18, starts after a first round bye, against Japan’s Kei Nishikori or qualifier, Joao Sousa of Portugal with the 11th seed from Argentina, Diego Schwartzman a potential third-round opponent.
Cameron Norrie, the British No.2, seeded 21, also gets a first round bye before facing Brazilian Thiago Monteiro or Tennys Sandgren of the US in his opener and could then meet the Russian fourth seed Andrey Rublev (who Norrie beat in the semi-finals of the San Diego Open last week) in round four.
The top seed Daniil Medvedev, who can move to within 1000 points of Novak Djokovic in the Race to Turin standings, will open against either Mackenzie McDonald of the US or Aussie James Duckworth following a first round bye.
The Russian is then seeded to meet Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic in the third round and either American Reilly Opelka or Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in the fourth round. Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz and Canadian Denis Shapovalov are also in his quarter.
The Greek Second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas appears to have a relatively kind section with Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime a potential quarter-final opponent.