Author: Tomi Garguilo

Former singles champions Frances Tiafoe, Jack Sock and defending champ Radu Albot will all be in action this week at the 28th annual Delray Beach Open with top seeds Nick Kyrgios (1) and Milos Raonic (2) headlining the “Super Tuesday” line-up of play. The first round features a showdown of former Delray Beach singles champions with Albot (8)  taking on wildcard and 2017 singles champ Sock. Making his fifth appearance in Delray, Albot is looking to defend his 2019 title that helped propel him to No. 29 in the world last year while Sock is looking for a strong comeback on the Tour following injuries that have kept him sidelined. Sock currently has a 1-0 head-to-head record against Albot. In an All-American first round match-up, 2018 singles champion Tiafoe will face Tennys Sandgren who recently advanced to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open before falling to Roger Federer...

Levine, who retired from the main ATP Tour in 2013, defeated Haas in straight sets, 7-5, 6-4, Friday night in the opening match of the ATP Champions Tour event that kicked off the three-day competition at the Delray Beach Stadium and Tennis Center. Haas, who is the captain of the four-member Team Europe for this year’s event that is part of the ATP Tour’s Delray Beach Open by Vitacost, had not lost to Levine in their four previous career matches. “I’ve known Tommy for a long time, and I’ve never beaten him, so fifth time was the charm I guess,” said Levine, who is the Director of Tennis at the Delray Beach Club and enjoyed a contingent of family and friends cheering him on in the stands. “He beat me three times on (the ATP) Tour and then once here last year. . . . I...

Hyped Crowd Cheer WTA Pro Coco Gauff and NCAA star Estela Perez-Somarriba By STEVE DORSEY DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Coco Gauff’s nerves are usually very calm for an exhibition match. After all, she’s played at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and most recently the Australian Open. But the exhibition match she played Saturday night was much different for the 15-year-old Delray Beach native who has burst onto the women’s professional tennis scene with amazing success. Gauff made more history Saturday night when she and defending NCAA singles champion Estela Perez-Somarriba of the University of Miami faced off in front of an announced crowd of 5,544 at the Delray Beach Stadium and Tennis Center, the first women’s match ever to be played as part of the ATP Tour’s Delray Beach Open. “I was actually a little bit nervous today because of the crowd,” Gauff said after she defeated Perez-Somarriba 6-3, 6-3....

Both Needing a Win Sunday to Advance to the 2020 Main Draw By STEVE DORSEY Two former top-20 ranked players – Ernests Gulbis of Latvia and Aussie Bernard Tomic – will meet Sunday with a berth in the main draw on the line in the final qualifying round of the ATP Tour’s Delray Beach Open by Vitacost. Both players breezed to straight-set wins Saturday to set up Sunday’s showdown at 11 a.m. on Court 1 at the Delray Beach Stadium and Tennis Center. Gulbis, who rose to a career-best No. 10 ranking in 2014 but arrived here ranked No. 190, defeated Daniel Elahi Galan 6-2, 6-4 following a lengthy rain delay Saturday afternoon. Tomic, who is ranked No. 191 but was ranked No. 17 four years ago, ousted Pol Toledo Bague 6-1, 6-3 in his first-round qualifier. Also advancing to Sunday’s second round of qualifying was No. 1 seed...

Team Europe Holds Slim 3-2 Lead With Two Matches To Go By STEVE DORSEY David Ferrer jump-started a rally for Team Europe when the Spaniard defeated Canadian Jesse Levine 6-2 Saturday on Day 2 of the ATP Champions Tour competition at the Delray Beach Stadium and Tennis Center. A lengthy afternoon rain delay forced tournament officials to reduce each of the day’s matches to one set. American James Blake gave Team World a 2-0 lead in the team competition when he opened the day’s play with a 6-4 victory against Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus. Levine seemed poised to extend Team World’s lead when he jumped out to a 2-love lead, but Ferrer then reeled off six straight games to take the shortened match. “I started out pretty well, and then I think David woke up,” said Levine, who opened the tournament Friday night with a win against Tommy Haas, but...

Five Straight Wins Spur European Victory By STEVE DORSEY DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Tommy Haas hoisted the singles championship trophy 14 years ago at the ATP Tour’s Delray Beach Open. Sunday afternoon, the 41-year-old native of Germany was presented another championship trophy on the Stadium Court at the Delray Beach Tennis Center. Haas put the finishing touches on a Team Europe victory Sunday with a 6-3 one-set win against American James Blake in the final match of the ATP Champions Tour event. Haas completed an impressive comeback by Team Europe, which lost the first two matches against Blake’s Team World contingent before winning the next five matches to claim the team title 5-2. Haas, the Team Europe captain who also was on the winning team at last year’s competition here, won two of his three singles matches. “I always love coming here to Florida this time of year,” said Haas,...

Two-Time Winner Gulbis Into Main Draw By STEVE DORSEY DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Ernests Gulbis has enjoyed his fair share of success playing at the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com, where he has captured two of this six career ATP Tour titles. He lifted the singles championship trophy here the last time in 2013 when he battled through the two-day qualifying matches en route to the title. Gulbis hopes he can rekindle that magical run here again this week at the Delray Beach Stadium and Tennis Center. The 31-year-old right-hander from Latvia took a step in that direction Sunday when he breezed to a 6-2, 6-0 win against Australia's Bernard Tomic on the final day of qualifying, earning Gulbis a spot in the main draw that begins play Monday. Tomic later earned a spot in the main draw as a lucky loser entry, replacing Tennys Sandgren who withdrew...

Harrison, McDonald Score Monday Wins By STEVE DORSEY DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – The recovery road back from a serious injury can be a tough grind, as Americans Ryan Harrison and Mackenzie McDonald can readily attest. Both, however, appear to be back on the right track based on their performances Monday afternoon at the ATP Tour’s Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.comt. Harrison and McDonald each won their first-round matches in straight sets at the Delray Beach Stadium and Tennis Center. Harrison, a wild-card entry here this week, defeated Damir Dzumhur of Boznia-Herzegovina 6-3, 6-2 on the Stadium Court, while McDonald was ousting Yasutaka Uchiyama of Japan 6-2, 7-6(5) on Court 1 under sunny, blue skies. The win was especially satisfying for Harrison, who played here several times as a Junior – including the Clay Court Nationals as a 12-year-old -- before turning pro in 2007. Harrison reached a career-high world...