Author: Tomi Garguilo

Former Champ Earns First 2020 Victory By STEVE DORSEY DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Returning to the site of his first and only title as a pro on the ATP Tour was just what Frances Tiafoe needed to notch his first win of the year. Tiafoe, who captured the Delray Beach Open title in 2018, won his first match of 2020 Monday night with a workmanlike 7-6(3), 6-2 victory against qualifier Emilio Gomez of Ecuador. Tiafoe’s win put the finishing touches on a perfect 4-0 day for Americans in first-round play at the Delray Beach Stadium and Tennis Center. Tiafoe, who lives only about 10 minutes away in Boynton Beach, had lost in the first round of all three tournaments he’s entered this year, all outside the United States. Coming home might have been the remedy he needed to erase the zero on the left side of his record. His...

The main draw for the 2021 Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com was released Monday in advance of the season-opening ATP 250 tournament. VIEW MAIN DRAW Chile’s Cristian Garin, who has won a pair of titles in each of the past two seasons, is the No. 1 seed, while top-ranked American John Isner, a four-time semifinalist at the tournament, is the No. 2 seed. This year’s tournament features a 28-player draw, affording the top four seeds first round byes. No. 3 Adrian Mannarino, who has been to the quarterfinals or better on three occasions in Delray Beach, and No. 4 seed Hubert Hurkacz will join Garin and Isner with an automatic berth into the second round. The draw includes three past Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com champions – No. 6 seed Sam Querrey (2016 winner), No. 8 seed Frances Tiafoe (2018 winner) and Ivo Karlovic (2015 winner). Defending champion Reilly Opelka...

The 2021 ATP Tour season gets underway on Tuesday at the Delray Beach Open presented by VITACOST.com with six Americans bidding to make their way through qualifying and into Thursday’s main draw. Perhaps the most notable name in this year’s qualifying field is American left hander Donald Young. Young is making his 12th appearance here in Delray having made the semi-finals in 2017 and the final in 2015. He will face fourth seeded Brazilian Pedro Sakamoto in the first round. Sakamoto enters Delray with some recent good form having made the semi-finals of the ATP Challenger event in Sao Paulo at the end of 2020. This match will be second on stadium court after 10 a.m. Last year’s Delray Beach Open “Survivor” pre-qualifying tournament winner Stefan Kozlov is back in this year’s qualifying draw. Kozlov was granted lucky loser status in last year’s event before going down...

There was little reason to forget that Bob and Mike Bryan are two-time defending champions Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com. In fact, there was very little about their form that would have indicated they are recently retired as they raced to a 6-4 6-3 win over Tommy Haas and Jesse Levine in just over an hour. The Bryans, six-time winners of the ATP 250 title in Delray Beach, are making their Champions Tour debut here this week. The victory pushed their “Team Bryans” to 2-0 lead on opening night of the tournament. In August, the Bryans announced their retirement from pro tennis following a career in which they won a record 119 titles together. Their win at Delray Beach last February came in their final ATP Tour event. In the opening match, Johan Kriek and Mark Merklein put the first point on the board for Team Bryans with...

The 2021 ATP Champions Tour event at the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com will conclude Wednesday afternoon with a brotherly battle as Bob and Mike Bryan take on Luke and Murphy Jensen. “It's going be a blast,” said Bob Bryan. “The Jensens were our idols growing up. (They) kind of inspired us to do the chest bump. To share the court with them again is going to be extra special because they're like brothers to us.” The Bryans, who won the last two editions of the ATP 250 tournament Delray Beach, announced their retirement last summer. Neither of those facts are lost on the Jensens. “They were on the main tour last year, so they’re not used to a slower pace,” observed Murphy. Luke added, “They're a lot younger than we are, but they're retired. I feel bad beating up on a couple of retired guys.”...

A pair of all-American matches will be featured as four main draw berths are on the line during the final round of qualifying Wednesday at the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com. Those American battles include Zane Kahn facing Christian Harrison and Donald Young playing Stefan Kozlov. A fifth American, Kevin King, will also play for a main draw berth when goes against Goncalo Oliveira on Wednesday. Khan, an 18-year-old who trains in Boca Raton, was the story of the day Tuesday. Ranked 949, he made his ATP Tour debut on Tuesday defeating fellow American Alexander Ritschard. Khan, who was eight years younger and 652 ranking spots lower than his opponent, raced to a 6-3, 3-1 lead before Ritschard retired hurt with a right ankle injury. Khan will face fan favorite Harrison for a spot in the main draw. Harrison, the younger brother of fellow ATP Tour player...

After Team Bryans raced out to a 2-0 lead Monday in ATP Champions Tour action at the Delray Beach by VITACOST.com, Team Jensens stormed back Tuesday, thanks in large part to Jesse Levine. The Canadian left-hander won in singles and doubles to even the score, but a late rally by Wayne Ferreira and Mikael Pernfors gives Team Bryans a 3-2 lead heading into the final day of play. Levine partnered with Tommy Haas Tuesday afternoon to put the first points on the board for Team Jensens with a 6-1 6-2 win over Ferreira & Pernfors. Levine turned around just hours later and outlasted Robby Ginepri 4-6 6-3 (7-0) in the first singles match of the Champions Tour event In their only meeting at an ATP Tour event, Levine also won in three sets during qualifying at Washington, D.C. in 2012. The nightcap saw Ferreira and Pernfors back on court to...

By STEVE DORSEY DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Cristian Garin twice has been the top seed at an ATP Tour tournament, but both times he fell short in his quest to hoist the championship trophy. The 24-year-old Chilean hopes the third time is the charm in what he describes as his “second home.” Garin, ranked No. 22 in the world heading into the 2021 season, is the No. 1 seed at the ATP Tour’s season-opening Delray Beach Open by Vitacost.com, which kicks off the main draw competition Thursday at the Delray Beach Tennis Center. The 24-year-old Garin’s resume since turning pro in 2011 includes four titles, two in each of the past two years, all on clay surfaces however – Delray is a hardcourt event. This week marks the third time he’s been the top seed in an ATP Tour tournament, but he failed to advance past the quarterfinals...