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By Steve Dorsey  DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Fan favorite Juan Martin del Potro continued his solid start to 2018 with a straight-sets win Tuesday night against Frenchman Jeremy Chardy in the nightcap of Day 2 at the ATP World Tour Delray Beach Open that also included the first major upset of the tournament. In the evening’s first match, Taylor Fritz won a third-set tiebreaker against fellow American Sam Querrey, the No. 4 seed who is ranked No. 12 in the world. Del Potro, who has battled back from wrist injuries that dropped his world ranking to No. 1,042 two years ago, has climbed to No. 10 and is the No. 2 seed here this week. The popular Argentine notched another win here at the Delray Beach Stadium and Tennis Center with a 6-2, 6-4 win against Chardy. “I’m doing well this season,” del Potro said after improving his record...

By Steve Dorsey DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Tuesday was billed as Canada Day at the ATP World Tour Delray Beach Open, and Milos Raonic and Denis Shapovalov didn’t disappoint their fellow citizens in attendance in the Stadium at the Delray Beach Tennis Center. Raonic and Shapovalov each delivered straight-sets victories in their first-round matches Tuesday afternoon after American John Isner, the No. 6 seed here this week, rallied from down a set to defeat Radu Albot of Moldova 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 in the opening match of Day 2. The world No. 18 Isner, a wild card entry in the singles draw, was the highest ranked player in action during the afternoon session. The 6-foot-10 American lost to Albot, ranked No. 87 in the world, at last week’s New York Open but was able to stave off another upset thanks in part to 21 aces, compared to only one...

By Steve Dorsey DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Top seed and defending champion Jack Sock overcame six double faults and what he described as “tricky conditions” to register a straight-sets win Monday night to close out the first day of the ATP World Tour Delray Beach Open. The world No. 8-ranked Sock’s 6-4, 6-4 win against qualifier John-Patrick Smith of Australia was the American’s first win this season after exiting in his opening matches at the Australian Open and Auckland. Gusty, swirling winds at the Stadium court at the Delray Beach Tennis and an upset-minded Smith made Sock earn his first-round match in his return here as the defending champion for the first time. “It seems like when (the wind) gets in the stadium, especially at night, it swirls more. It’s tricky conditions and he’s a tricky guy,” Sock said of Smith, who is ranked No. 225 in the world....

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...

By Steve Dorsey Delray Beach, Fla. -- Team International has halted Team USA’s two-year dominance of the ATP Champions Tour Delray Beach Open, thanks mostly to Canadian Jesse Levine’s stellar performance here the past two days. Chilean Fernando Gonzalez delivered the decisive victory for Team International in the nightcap Saturday after Levine earlier won his third match in two days with a 6-2, 7-6 (4) singles win against American Jan-Michael Gambill to give Team International a commanding 4-1 lead in the three-day event that is a prelude to the ATP World Tour’s tournament that begins Monday. Gonzalez's 6-4, 6-1 win against Mardy Fish gave Team International a 5-1 lead heading into Sunday’s final two matches, thus clinching the Delray Beach Cup for Team International for the first time since 2015. Levine jumpstarted Team International when he opened the competition with a singles win against Fish on Friday night. He...

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...