American Mitchell Krueger will remain in the desert for another week.
The run of strong showings and impressive effort displayed by the 26-year-old American throughout the 2019-2020 Challenger Series have paid off, as he secures the fourth and final wild card into the 2020 BNP Paribas Open.
Krueger has been a consistent force across all four events, barreling through a run of worthy competitors to rack up ranking points on the Road to Indian Wells Leaderboard that put him in prime position heading into the final tournament in the desert.
After bowing out in the second round in New Haven, Krueger has made three consecutive Oracle Challenger Series semifinals. In Houston, the Americans wins included No. 12 seed Pedja Krstin and No. 15 Michael Redlicki, foreshadowing his stellar performances to come throughout the remainder of the tournaments.
He’s made his mark once again in two events in Southern California, first defeating a row of worthy American competitors headlined by Donald Young, No. 1 seed Taylor Fritz and Raymond Sarmiento. While few gave him a chance to upset Fritz, the two-time defending Newport Beach champion and World No. 34, Krueger played the match of his life and showcased why many believe he has yet to reach his full potential.
It’s been more of the same this week at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, as Krueger has looked tremendous in four victories over a slew of top shelf competition highlighted by No. 4 seed Radu Albot and No. 9 seed Gregoire Barrere. The 26-year-old is searching for his first career ATP Tour title and has the perfect opportunity to make the biggest moment of his career happen right here in the desert.
Whether he takes the title or not, it won’t be the end of the American’s time in the desert. While Krueger has competed in two BNP Paribas Open main draws before, his best career finish is the tournament’s second round in 2018. He’ll look to reach a new career mark at the 2020 event and solidify himself as an American star to watch.