12 Feb 2016 Delray Beach Wildcards: del Potro, Rubin, Smyczek
2016 Delray Beach Wildcards: del Potro, Rubin, Smyczek
DELRAY BEACH, FLA: The Delray Beach Open has awarded its final main draw wild cards to American teenager Noah Rubin, who will be playing in his third career ATP event, and fellow American Tim Smyczek.
Taylor Fritz, who was given a wild card yesterday by the tournament, instead moved into the special exemption category because he reached tomorrow’s semifinals in Memphis.
Rubin, from Long Island, NY, played in the Delray Beach qualifying tournament a year ago, reaching the second round. This will be Smyczek’s fifth straight year playing in the Delray Beach main draw.
The 19-year-old Rubin scored his biggest career win in January, beating world No. 18 Benoit Paire in the first round of the Australian Open. He also picked up a number of ATP points with a 2015 Challenger win in Charlottesville, Va. shortly after turning pro.
Rubin played a single season at Wake Forest, becoming the first player in ACC history to be named both Freshman of the Year and Player of the Year in the same year. He was also named All-America after reaching the singles finals at the 2015 NCAA Championships.
Smyczek, a Tampa resident, enjoyed his career-best ranking of No. 68 in the world last April.
Juan Martin del Potro, who is returning to the ATP World Tour after nearly a year-long recovery from wrist surgery, took the final wild card into the Delray Beach main draw.