Author: Tomi Garguilo

A trio of Americans ‑ Jack Sock, Ryan Harrison and Brandon Nakashima ‑ have accepted main draw singles wildcards for this week’s Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com   Sock, 27, was the Delray Beach 2017 singles champion and 2018 doubles champion (w/Jackson Withrow) and is making his eighth appearance in the tournament. Sock has won three other titles including the Paris 1000 Masters, which catapulted his ranking to a career-high of No. 8. and qualified him for the 2017 Nitto ATP Finals where he was the first American semifinalist since Andy Roddick in 2007.   “Jack has been a household tennis name in Delray Beach since he was 12,” said Mark Baron, tournament director. “He’s won every junior national championship we’ve hosted, in both singles and doubles, plus singles and doubles here at the ATP Tour level. I know this is a comfortable place for him and I’m looking...

Ernests Gulbis, a two-time Delray Beach Open champion, will have a chance to earn his third title here in Delray Beach at the ATP Tour’s first outdoor North American event of 2020. But first, Gulbis must conquer the event’s 16-player qualifying draw that begins Saturday at the Delray Beach Open Stadium and Tennis Center. The 31-year-old righthander from Latvia was given a wildcard berth into the two-day qualifying rounds. Gulbis won Delray Beach Open singles titles in 2010 and 2013. He lost in the first round of the qualies at Pune, India in his most recent tournament and arrives here ranked No. 190 in the world.  Gulbis will meet Colombian Daniel Elahi Galan in the first round Saturday. The qualifying tournament favorite, however, will be No. 1 seed Cameron Norrie of Britain, who is currently ranked No. 59 in the world. The 24-year-old Norrie was an All-American at...

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....