Tennis

Raonic nets main draw wild card at Indian Wells

Milos Raonic's whirlwind winter on the ATP Tour has earned the Canadian a main draw wild card for next week's BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif.

Milos Raonic's whirlwind winter on the ATP Tour has earned the Canadian a main draw wild card for next week's BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif.

The 20-year-old from Thornhill, Ont., became the first Canadian since 1995 to capture an ATP title at the SAP Open in San Jose, Calif., earlier this month.

The following week Raonic reached the final of the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships in Memphis, where he fell to American Andy Roddick in a thrilling three-set match.

That two-week stretch boosted Raonic's ATP ranking to a career-best No. 37.

The men's draw for the first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event of the year will include the Top 50 players in the world.

He'll make his first main draw appearance since he fell in the opening round of the Rogers Cup in Toronto last summer.

Raonic, who withdrew from last week's ATP tournament in Mexico because of shoulder tendinitis, will lead Canada's Davis Cup team against Mexico this weekend in its Americas Zone Group I first-round tie in Mexico City.

Raonic will team up with Frank Dancevic of Niagara Falls, Ont., Toronto's Daniel Nestor and Peter Polansky of Thornhill at the event which runs Friday through Sunday.