Author: Tomi Garguilo

Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan have left an indelible mark on the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com, winning the doubles title five times and playing to packed crowds every year. They were thanked for the impact they've had on the tournament by receiving a key to the city in a special ceremony on Tuesday night. ”Thanks for this prestigious key. If there’s something missing from your house tonight, it’s probably [because of] this,” joked Bob. “This is a very special place to us. It’s our hometown tournament, a lot of special memories.”   The Bryans are making their 13th appearance in Delray Beach. They played in the first year that the city hosted this event in 1999 and completed their most recent run to the title last year, marking their first ATP Tour team trophy since Bob underwent hip surgery in August 2018. The top-seeded Americans will start their campaign on Wednesday night.   https://www.atptour.com/en/news/bryans-key-to-city-delray-beach-2020...

Five-time Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com champions Bob and Mike Bryan will make their 13th appearance in the doubles main draw action this Friday. Also making their 11th straight quarterfinal appearance, the “Bryan Brothers” are looking to defend their 2019 title. Getting underway at 11:00 a.m. in the opening day session match on stadium court, they will face Divij Sharan (IND) and Artem Sitak (NZL) for a spot in the semifinals. This will be the first meeting between the two teams with Sharan/Sitak defeating Goransson/Humbert in a deciding third set tiebreaker in their opening round match. The Bryans, who are 27-7 all-time at the tournament, have reached a record seven finals in Delray Beach including title wins in 2009, 2010, 2014, 2015 and 2019. The greatest doubles team of all-time on the ATP Tour, together the identical twins share 118 doubles titles, 16 Grand Slam titles, 39 ATP...

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...

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...

Opelka Serves Up Quarterfinal Berth By STEVE DORSEY DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – When Reilly Opelka’s serve is sizzling, the lanky 6-foot-11 American is a tough out at any tennis tournament. That certainly was evident Wednesday night in second-round action at the ATP Tour’s Delray Beach Open. Opelka, the No. 4 seed here, delivered 17 aces with no double faults en route to a 6-3, 6-4 win against fellow American Mackenzie McDonald, lifting him into the quarterfinals at Delray Beach for the second time in three years. The 22-year-old Opelka, who is ranked No. 54 in the world, needed only 64 minutes to oust McDonald after being stretched to three sets in his first-round match against qualifier Ernests Gulbis. Through those two matches, Opelka's serve has not been broken while he's fired and 37 aces. “It’s getting better,” Opelka said of his serving game, particularly his first-serve percentage, of which he...

By STEVE DORSEY DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Both players are in their early 20s, both are closely ranked in the Top 50 of the ATP Tour rankings and both Ugo Humbert and Miomir Kacmanovic entered their second-round match Thursday afternoon with identical 7-3 match records in 2020. Head-to-head, however, is where the similarities were significantly different, with Kacmanovic having won all three of his previous matches against Humbert, including last week in the quarterfinals at the New York Open. That changed Thursday, however, when Humbert finally found a way to beat the No. 50-ranked Kacmanovic, earning a 6-4, 7-6(6) decision against his 20-year-old nemesis at the ATP Tour’s Delray Beach Open. “It was tough against Miomir because he’s a great player. Against me he plays always (well),” said Humbert, who is ranked No. 44 in the world and is the No. 6 seed here this week. Although the 21-year-old...

2018 Champ Shows Form that Won Title By STEVE DORSEY DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Frances Tiafoe captured his first ATP Tour title two years ago at the Delray Beach Open. He has not won another since, but based on his performance here so far this week, Tiafoe could be trending toward a repeat of 2018. Tiafoe won his second consecutive straight-sets match Thursday afternoon, beating fellow American Tommy Paul 7-5, 7-6(4) to secure a spot in Friday’s quarterfinals where he will face Frenchman Ugo Humbert, the No. 6 seed here this week. Tiafoe rated his performance against Paul as a “7 or 8” on a scale of 10. His forehand looked near perfect, especially in the second-set tiebreaker when he delivered several well-positioned shots. “I cranked out some big ones. My forehand was definitely on,” said Tiafoe, who arrived here ranked No. 84 in the world. “It felt good. I’m...

High Quality Quarterfinal Clashes Set For Friday For the third time in four years, four Americans are through to the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com quarterfinals. All four USA players are spread out in Friday’s quarterfinal clashes, providing a chance for the first all-American final four in tournament history. Frances Tiafoe gets the singles action underway on stadium court when he plays No. 6 seed Ugo Humbert. Brandon Nakashima’s teenage dream continues the day’s play with the 18-year-old sensation taking on Yoshihito Nishioka in the third match on stadium. Fourth seed and local West Palm Beach resident Reilly Opelka will then tackle giant killer Soonwoo Kwon in the opening night session match for a place in the semifinals. The nightcap will feature Steve Johnson taking on No. 2 seed Milos Raonic. Frances Tiafoe (USA) vs [6] Ugo Humbert (FRA) In the day’s opening quarterfinal heavy hitting Frances Tiafoe...

Four Americans Reach Final Eight By STEVE DORSEY DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Steve Johnson lives in Southern California, but Delray Beach has become almost like a second home for him. Suffice it to say, he likes playing in the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com. Johnson, ranked No. 76 in the world, stretched his record to 15-6 at the Delray Beach Open when he defeated fellow American Jack Sock 6-4, 5-7, 6-1 Thursday night to reach his fourth consecutive quarterfinal berth here and sixth overall at the Delray Beach Stadium and Tennis Center. “I’ve always felt comfortable on this court,” Johnson said. “I do alright with the wind and just kind of everything that Delray tends to bring. It’s bouncy, it’s hot, I like playing in the heat, so I just feel comfortable playing here. It’s just one of those tournaments you feel comfortable (playing) when you come back.” The...