Author: Tomi Garguilo

Tuesday at the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com is sure to be a terrific day for fans with 12 matches scheduled across three courts, more than any other day this week. All three top seeds are in action today with No. 3 seed Taylor Fritz kicking proceedings off on stadium court against qualifier Cameron Norrie. 2017 finalist and No. 2 seed Milos Raonic will be next on against lucky loser Denis Istomin. Rounding out the day session is West Palm Beach resident and No. 4 seed Reilly Opelka who has a tough opening match against two-time Delray Beach Open champion Ernests Gulbis. In tonight’s sold out night session, defending champion and No. 8 seed Radu Albot will do battle with 2017 champion and fan favorite Jack Sock. The day’s final match will see No. 1 seed Nick Kyrgios play his close friend Tommy Paul in what...

Silent auction to take place with proceeds benefiting local Delray Beach charities WHAT: Artist and 17-year Delray Beach resident William DeBilzan will be showing all week at the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com. The DeBilzan pop-up gallery will be centrally located on east side of Center Court. In addition to his ocean-inspired work, elongated figures, engaging textures, rich color palette and more, DeBilzan will also be painting two different pieces of the Bryan Brothers live on-site during the tournament. A silent auction for both paintings will take place with proceeds benefiting two local charities – Delray Chamber Education Fund and Delray Citizens for Delray Police. WHEN: DeBilzan will paint live during the afternoons of February 17, 18 and 19, 2020. Silent auction takes place February 14 – 23, 2020. WHERE: Centrally located on east side of Center Court at Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center (201 West Atlantic...

Setup All-Lefty Semifinal Clash By STEVE DORSEY DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan and Frenchman Ugo Humbert continued their scorching hot play this year by winning their respective quarterfinal matches Friday afternoon to secure their first semifinal appearances at the ATP Tour’s Delray Beach Open. Nishioka, ranked No. 63 in the world, stopped an impressive ATP Tour debut by 18-year-old American Brandon Nakashima after Humbert, the No. 6 seed here, ousted American and 2018 Delray champion Frances Tiafoe. Nishioka battled back from a set down and had to win a second-set tiebreaker to take down Nakashima, who turned pro only two months ago but defeated two Top 100-ranked players to become the first player in Delray Beach Open history to reach the quarterfinals in his ATP tournament main draw debut. Nishioka’s 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-4 victory against Nakashima and Humbert’s 6-1, 6-2 win against Tiafoe sets up an...

Former Finalist Raonic Among Tuesday Winners By STEVE DORSEY DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – The past six months have been somewhat of a roller-coaster ride for Milos Raonic. The 29-year-old Canadian won only three of his nine matches to close out 2019, but kicked off his 2020 campaign with a strong showing at the Australian Open where he reached the quarterfinals for the fifth time there before losing to eight-time champ Novak Djokovic. Then he lost first match at last week’s New York Open and arrived at the Delray Beach Open by Vitacost.com this week having dropped five spots in the ATP world rankings to No. 37. Raonic’s game could be on the upswing again, however. He made quick work Tuesday afternoon of his first-round match opponent, ousting Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan 6-2, 6-2. Raonic is the No. 2 seed here this week, but following the withdrawal Tuesday of top...

18-year-old Powers Into Quarterfinals By STEVE DORSEY DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Brandon Nakashima turned pro only a couple of months ago, so the 18-year-old has not been on the ATP Tour long enough to generate much of a following. He’s quickly making a name for himself, however, in his ATP Tour debut here at the Delray Beach Open this week. Nakashima arrived here as a wild card ranked No. 294 in the world. He’s won his first two matches in straight sets, earning a berth in the quarterfinals with a 7-5, 6-2 win Wednesday afternoon against No. 60-ranked Cameron Norrie of Great Britain. Nakashima is the fourth youngest player to reach the quarterfinals at Delray Beach, and youngest since Kei Nishikori of Japan won the title here in 2008. “It’s definitely probably one of the biggest matches I’ve played in my career,” Nakashima said. “I was real excited to...

by VITACOST.com Saturday at the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com is semi-finals day with four exciting matches scheduled for the day. The Bryan brothers will open the day’s play at 12:30 p.m. against Marcelo Arevalo and Jonny O’Mara. The first singles semi-final will follow and will feature two Young ATP stars as No. 6 seed Ugo Humbert tackles Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan. Two literal giants of the game will play first in the night session not before 6 p.m. as Milos Raonic takes on fellow big server Reilly Opelka. The nightcap will feature the second doubles semi-final between No. 4 seeds Luke Bambridge and Ben McLachlan against Nikola Cacic and Hugo Nys. Here is a breakdown of the matches: [6] Ugo Humbert (FRA) vs Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN) – not before 3 p.m. Saturday’s first semi-final will feature Frenchmen and Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com No. 6 seed Ugo...

By STEVE DORSEY DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Reilly Opelka rallied from a set down and staved off a match point to defeat Milos Raonic 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-3 Sunday to reach his first final at the ATP Tour’s Delray Beach Open. The 6-foot-11 American will have very little time to celebrate the accomplishment, however. The semifinal match was postponed Saturday night because of rain and moved to Sunday at 10:30 a.m. The championship final between Opelka, the No. 4 seed here this week, and Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan will be contested Sunday afternoon not before 3:30 p.m. after suitable rest for Opelka. Raonic, ranked No. 37 in the world, was leading 6-5 and had a chance to close out the match in the second-set tiebreaker, but he hit a forehand long on match point and Opelka went on to win the tiebreaker and closed out the match by registering...

at Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com 4 American’s will battle for two places in the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com quarterfinals on Thursday. Before the American’s take center stage, Ugo Humbert of France will play Miomir Kecmanovic of Serbia for the second time in two weeks in the opening singles match of the day, not before 12:30 p.m. American young guns Tommy Paul and Frances Tiafoe complete the day-time slate not before 2:30 p.m. Opening the night session will be Jack Sock and Steve Johnson, before No. 2 seed Milos Raonic closes play Thursday against German Cedrik-Marcel Stebe. Miomir Kecmanovic (SRB) v Ugo Humbert (FRA) – not before 12:30 p.m. The second match on stadium court and first singles match of the day will feature two of the ATP Tour’s “next gen” with 20-year-old Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic taking on 21-year-old Frenchmen Ugo Humbert. The pair enter the match...

Wednesday at the Delray Beach Open will feature five American’s in singles play and the greatest doubles team of all time, the Bryan Brothers, will also be in action. Ryan Harrison, who is making an injury comeback, will be the first singles match on stadium court not before 12:30 p.m. as he takes on the No. 1 player from South Korea Soonwoo Kwon. Following Harrison and Kwon will be 18-year-old sensation Brandon Nakashima who will play Cameron Norrie of Great Britain. Reilly Opelka and Mackenzie McDonald get the night session underway not before 6 p.m. with the Bryan brothers set to close the show not before 8 p.m. Wednesday. Soonwoo Kwon (KOR) v. [WC] Ryan Harrison (USA) – 2nd on stadium not before 12:30 p.m. The second match of the day features a first time meeting between ATP Tour rising star Soonwoo Kwon and injury ravaged American...

Bryans Reach 8th Delray Beach Final By STEVE DORSEY DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – They might be on their farewell tour, but the Bryan Brothers are not ready to leave Delray Beach just yet. The American twins, the all-time winningest doubles team in ATP Tour history and the defending champions here, penciled their names into their eighth final at the Delray Beach Open on Saturday afternoon, rallying from a set down to defeat Marcelo Arevalo of El Salvador and Jonny O’Mara of Great Britain 6-7(5), 6-4, 10-4 in the doubles semifinals at the Delray Beach Stadium and Tennis Center. It’s the second consecutive match that the 41-year-old twins have been stretched to a match tiebreaker after being awarded a walk-over win in the first round. “We’ve been playing good breakers all week,” Mike Bryan said. “We got a huge lead and just hung on. . . . The first set was...