Author: Tomi Garguilo

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...

Tournament celebrating Bryan Bros. throughout the event at their 13th DBO FEBRUARY 17, 2020, DELRAY BEACH, FL – Today, the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com (https://yellowtennisball.com/) announced a special tournament celebration for greatest doubles team of all-time Bob and Mike Bryan that will take place throughout the event this year. Five-time champions in Delray Beach, including winning the 2019 title, the “Bryan Brothers” will begin their 13th and final appearance on Wednesday night, February 19 (not before 8:00 p.m.) against Australian duo Nick Kyrgios and Jordan Thompson. In honor of their final appearance in Delray Beach, the tournament is offering a “twin” promotion with two-for-one reserved seats provided to all twins who come out Wednesday night to watch the Bryan Brothers in action. “What a run. They’ve become family here. Winning so many times and losing some heartbreakers, I felt like I had to console my sons…and they...