WATCH: Andy Murray and Emma Raducanu Hint Playing Doubles at Indian Wells 2021

Published 10/07/2021, 11:02 PM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 27: Andy Murray of Great Britain celebrates his victory in his men’s singles first round match against James Duckworth of Australia on Day One of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 27, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)


After two and a half years, the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells has finally returned. Indeed, it is one of the most special tournaments on both ATP and WTA Tour, and likewise, fans and players are excited about it. However, there is more to it than just that. Recently, Great Britain stars Andy Murray and Emma Raducanu, left from practice together, leading fans to speculate at a possible doubles team up. 

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Both Murray and Raducanu have been all praise for each other over the past few months. Interestingly, the three-time Grand Slam champion has also made it into the 18-year-old’s Top 5 probable long-term coaches. But are they going to pair up for some fine tennis in the desert?

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Andy Murray and Emma Raducanu leave from practice together at Indian Wells 2021

Notably, both Andy Murray and Emma Raducanu have received wild cards to compete in Indian Wells. While the veteran is looking forward to making his way back to the top, the teenager is excited about her debut.

Oct 6, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Emma Raducanu (GBR) plays on the practice courts during the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Most probably, the duo would compete only in the singles events on their respective tours. But if a mixed doubles team-up is on the cards, the tournament might get more interesting.

In this video, fans see Murray and Raducanu leaving the tennis courts together. Besides, the 34-year-old is probably giving her some tips, with the young prodigy following intently.

So far, there has been no news about them playing doubles together. But if they choose to play, the announcement won’t be far from now. Nevertheless, both Murray and Raducanu are sure to put on a show at the Indian Wells 2021 tournament.

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Due to his low ranking, Murray would have to go through a tough draw in the desert. In the first round, he will take on French professional Adrian Mannarino. Next, he would potentially meet Carlos Alcaraz and Alexander Zverev in the following rounds.

Aug 30, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Andy Murray of Great Britain after a 5th set miss to Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece on day one of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

As for 17th seed Raducanu, she received a bye in the first round. In the second round, she will lock horns with World No.100 Aliaksandra Sasnovich.

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All in all, a high-quality display from tennis paradise is all over the cards. Let’s see what happens next at the Indian Wells event. Are you excited about the tennis in desert return?

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Senior Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 1000 tennis articles.

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