Author: Tomi Garguilo

By Steve Dorsey Delray Beach, FL: Top seed American Jack Sock will begin defending his Delray Beach Open title on Monday evening (Feb. 19) against qualifier John-Patrick Smith of Australia in the first round of the 2018 Delray Beach Open. Sock, the Kansas City resident, is ranked No. 8 in the world. No. 2 seed Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina is matched against veteran Frenchman Jeremy Chardy for his first-round match, which will highlight the Tuesday evening session at 8:00 pm. On Sunday, No. 5 seed Nick Kyrgios withdrew with an elbow injury, which moved Canadian Milos Raonic into the No. 8 seed and a first-round matchup Daniel Taro of Japan. The Raonic-Daniel first-round match is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 12:30 pm as part of “Canada Day” at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center. Raonic was the tournament’s top seed a year ago, and the highest...

By Steve Dorsey  DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Jack Sock’s bid to defend his title here came to a screeching halt Wednesday night when the top-ranked American on the ATP World Tour exited the Delray Beach Open when he dropped a three-setter to fellow American Reilly Opelka. Opelka’s 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 second-round upset was the most stunning of Day 3 that also saw No. 6 seed John Isner and ninth-seeded Milos Raonic exit on a sun-splashed but windy day at the Delray Beach Stadium and Tennis Center. Sock, ranked No. 8 in the world, was the No. 1 seed here and he joins a long list of No. 1 seeds to fall short of winning the Delray Beach title. The only No. 1 seed to run the table in Delray was Mardy Fish in 2009. The 6-foot-11 Opelka arrived in Delray Beach with a world ranking of No. 228, but...