2018 Newswire

By Steve Dorsey DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – He handled every challenger he faced, including one of the world’s best, and cleared every obstacle in his way, including a lengthy rain delay that forced him to finish one match and then play another on the same day. Suffice it to say that Frances Tiafoe truly earned the title of 2018 Delray Beach Open champion. The 20-year-old Tiafoe polished off the most successful week of his young career here Sunday when he defeated German Peter Gojowczyk 6-1, 6-4 to capture his first ATP World Tour title at the Delray Beach Stadium and Tennis Center. Tiafoe is the first wild card winner at Delray Beach and is the youngest American to win an ATP title since 19-year-old Andy Roddick won at Houston in 2002. He’s also the first Next-Gen American to win a title and the eighth player to capture his first ATP...

By Steve Dorsey DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – The painful disappointment of falling short in his quest to defend his singles title here this week was soothed Sunday for Jack Sock when he became the third player in Delray Beach Open history to win three combined titles in singles and doubles. What made the day even more special for Sock was that he accomplished the feat while teaming with his close friend Jackson Withrow to defeat Nicholas Monroe and John-Patrick Smith 4-6, 6-4, 10-8 in the doubles final. It’s the first ATP World Tour title for Withrow. “It’s not so much about the tennis, it’s more about our friendship. That’s what works for us,” Withrow said. Sock and Withrow are now 4-3 as a team. They captured the title Sunday playing in their first final together after storming through the doubles draw that included wins against three of the four seeded...

By Steve Dorsey  DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Frances Tiafoe was thrown into an unusual position of having to win a quarterfinal and a semifinal match Saturday at the Delray Beach Open. And after a hectic 24 hours, the 20-year-old American now finds himself on the brink of possibly claiming his first ATP World Tour title. About five hours after closing out his quarterfinal match against Hyeon Chung that was suspended Friday night because of rain, Tiafoe returned to the Stadium court at the Delray Beach Tennis Center and stopped 18-year-old Canadian Denis Shapovalov 7-5, 6-4 in a Next-Gen semifinal that wrapped up Saturday’s action. It’s been a remarkable two weeks for Tiafoe, regardless the outcome of Sunday’s championship match against German Peter Gojowczyk, who earned a berth in the final by beating Steve Johnson earlier Saturday. Two weeks ago, Tiafoe had nine career wins. After reaching the quarterfinals at last...

By Steve Dorsey  DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Peter Gojowczyk filled out one half of the championship final Saturday afternoon at the ATP World Tour Delray Beach Open when the 28-year-old German ousted American Steve Johnson in straight sets at the Delray Beach Stadium and Tennis Center. Earlier, American Frances Diafoe emerged a winner in the completion of Friday night’s suspended quarterfinal match against Korean Hyeon Chung, who was the last remaining seeded player. Gojowczyk, ranked No. 64 in the world, advanced to his first final of the year with a 7-6 (3), 6-3 win against Johnson, who earlier in the week defeated No. 9 seed Milos Raonic. Johnson became the third consecutive American to lose to Gojowczyk here, but the German insisted he has nothing against Americans. “I like you,” he told reporters in the post-match interview. “It’s just a great week for me. I’ve enjoyed my time here...

By Steve Dorsey  DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – The NextGen players have made headlines at the ATP World Tour Delray Beach Open this week, with four of them advancing to the quarterfinals. But it was two veterans who owned the Stadium court Friday afternoon at the Delray Beach Tennis Center. A pair of 28-year-olds, American Steve Johnson and German Peter Gojowczyk, punched their tickets into the semifinals with straight-sets victories Friday. Johnson ousted Russian Evgeny Donskoy 6-1, 6-4, and Gojowczyk tamed wild card Next-Gen American Reilly Opelka 7-6 (5), 6-3. Johnson, ranked No. 51 in the world, has not lost a set in his three matches here this week that included a straight-sets win against No. 9 seed Milos Raonic in the second round. He won five straight games to take the first set, then broke Donskoy to open the second set and held serve the remainder of the...

By Steve Dorsey  DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Donald Young was anxious to erase the goose egg on the left side of his 2018 win-loss record, and the 28-year-old American wasted no time chalking up his first victory of the season Monday afternoon in his first-round match at the ATP World Tour Delray Beach Open. Young needed only 69 minutes to defeat qualifier Ramkumar Ramanathan of India 6-1, 6-2 on the Stadium court at the Delray Beach Tennis Center after consecutive first-round setbacks in his first three tournaments this year. “There were a lot of nerves the whole time, even when I was up 4-0 (in the first set) and 5-2 (in the second set). It’s like playing a final almost,” Young said. “I got a rough start (this season). Last week was tough (at the New York Open). I just had to get through it. Once you get...

By Steve Dorsey DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – You can’t be serious! Or was he? John McEnroe, arguably the most iconic tennis player of all-time, told fans here on a sun-splashed 80-degree Sunday afternoon that his days of playing competitive singles matches on the ATP Champions Tour might be numbered. McEnroe, who turned 59 on Friday, hinted that it might be time to step aside during his post-match on-court interview on the final day of the ATP Champions Tour event at the Delray Beach Open. “I’m going to leave it to the young guys. . . . I’m a hundred years old,” McEnroe told the appreciative crowd at the Delray Beach Stadium and Tennis Center after he lost in straight sets (7-5, 6-4) to Chilean Fernando Gonzalez, who at 37 is 22 years younger than McEnroe. Gonzalez’s win against McEnroe put the finishing touches on Team International’s 6-2 victory in the...