It's easy to brush wild cards off as unimportant entries almost certain to lose early, but, to see the impact wild cards can have, look no further than this year's BNP Paribas Open, where newcomer Bianca Andreescu is set to face Angelique Kerber in Sunday's final.
While Indian Wells gave a free pass to quite a few players who were off to hot starts in 2019, the Miami Open is taking a different approach, and will feature some names that are still more underground—at least at the pro level.
Most notably, American junior Grand Slam standouts Coco Gauff ...
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And Caty McNally have all been given a shot in the main draw, at the respective ages of 15, 16 and 17.
On the more surprising side, Naomi Osaka's sister, Mari, who's 22 years old and ranked No. 336, is into the main draw as well.
In the men's draw, David Ferrer will be competing as part of his retirement tour, in addition to Chris Eubanks, two-time junior Slam winner Jason Tseng, 19-year-old Indian Wells quarterfinalist Miomir Kecmanovic and Spanish teen Nicola Kuhn.
The women's draw will also include 2018 girls' US Open champion Xiyu Wang, 18-year-old Moscow River Cup champion Olga Danilovic, 2017 's-Hertogenbosch finalist Natalia Vikhlyantseva and two-time girls' doubles Slam winner Wang Xinyu.
Additionally, some noteworthy wild-card entries into qualifying include Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Reilly Opelka and Christina McHale.
Canada's Andreescu, suffice it to say, won't be needing wild cards anymore.