Author: Tomi Garguilo

Fittingly, the ATP Champions Tour at the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com came down the final match pitting the team captains – and teams of brothers – against each other. Also appropriately, it was the Bryan brothers, Bob and Mike, who continued their Delray dominance, securing the Team Bryans win in the final match of the event. Bob and Mike, six-time ATP 250 event winners here, cruised past Luke and Murphy Jensen 6-1 6-1 to secure the 3-2 win for Team Bryans over Team Jensens. Tommy Haas, who has been a member of the victorious Champions Tour team in the past two years in Delray Beach, pushed this year’s event to the final match with his 6-3 6-1 win over Wayne Ferreira. During the week, Team Bryans won four of five doubles matches, include a pair of victories by the Bryans themselves while Team Jensens swept both singles matches....

Three Americans made their way into the singles main draw at the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com after qualifying play concluded on Wednesday afternoon. Donald Young was the first American through after he fought back from a set down for the second time in two days to defeat Stefan Kozlov 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in just under two-and-a-half hours. Young will face American rising star Frances Tiafoe in the night session on Friday, not before 8:00 p.m. Tiafoe and Young have not played a professional match against one another since 2016, when they split a pair of matches at Queens and Tallahassee. Friday night’s match will mark Young’s return to the main draw of an ATP Tour event for the first time since July of 2019. The left hander will look to rediscover the form that took him all the way to the final here in Delray...

Two former Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com champions, Frances Tiafoe and Ivo Karlovic, get their 2021 season underway on Friday night at the Delray Beach Tennis Center. Tiafoe, the champion here in Delray in 2018, was the tournament’s first ever wild card winner and the first Next Gen American to win a title on the ATP Tour. He will play fellow American Donald Young in the first round on Friday night, not before 8 p.m. on stadium court. Young battled through two lengthy qualifying matches coming from a set down on both occasions to qualify for his first ATP Tour main draw since July of 2019. Tiafoe finished the 2020 season with a title at the ATP Challenger event in Parma and a semi-final run at the ATP 250 in Nur-Sultan where he lost to eventual winner John Millman. Despite a strong end to 2020, Tiafoe saw...

By STEVE DORSEY   DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Tommy Paul still is looking to capture his first title on the ATP Tour since turning pro five years ago. But if you’re looking for a sleeper outside the top four seeds at this week’s Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com, Paul is one player to keep an eye on.  The 23-year-old American kick-started his 2021 season Thursday afternoon with a 6-1, 6-4 win against Korean Ji Sung Nam on the Stadium Court at the Delray Beach Tennis Center. The former world No. 3 junior enters the new season with a career-high No. 52 world ranking. He notched a personal-best 15 victories in 2020, including his biggest career win when he defeated No. 7-ranked Alexander Zverev at Acapulco.  Paul is the No. 5 seed here this week and in the bottom half of the singles draw that includes No. 2 seed John...

By STEVE DORSEY DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Sam Querrey had not tasted victory in almost a year when the lanky American arrived here for the ATP Tour’s season-opening Delray Beach Open by Vitacost.com. He ended that drought Thursday night. Querrey, ranked No. 56 in the world, became the third American to win a first-round singles match on the first day of the main draw competition – joining Tommy Paul and Sebastian Korda – by dispatching fellow American Mackenzie McDonald 6-3, 6-4 in the nightcap match. It’s the first win for Querrey, the No. 6 seed here this week, since the Australian Open last year. The 6-foot-6 hard-serving Querrey delivered 13 aces and saved six of seven break points in the match. “I felt good,” said Querrey, who won the title here in 2016. “I was little nervous to begin with. First match I’ve won in almost a year. I...

By STEVE DORSEY  DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Christian Harrison is a fan of the NFL, so he’s familiar with the amazing comeback of quarterback Alex Smith, who has overcome a devastating leg injury two years ago that required 17 surgeries to help lead the Washington Football team to the playoffs this season. Harrison can relate to Smith’s ordeal and the perseverance that the veteran quarterback has shown and his determination to return to a sport he loves. Harrison certainly knows all about professional setbacks and comebacks. The 26-year-old American has a medical resume that resembles a M.A.S.H. unit – eight surgeries, including operations on both legs, both hips, his right wrist and both adductors. Oh, and also a bone infection. All have threatened to end his pro career. So it’s understandable that Harrison fully appreciates just being able to still play professional tennis. Winning matches makes it all...

While the top two seeds, Cristian Garin and John Isner, will open their 2021 seasons on Saturday at the Delray Beach Open presented by VITACOST.com some may instead be drawn to the Saturday evening tilt between two future stars of American tennis: Tommy Paul and Sebastian Korda. Both young men are coming off breakthrough seasons on the ATP Tour in 2020. Paul, 23, enters this year with a career-high ranking of No. 54 off the back of a personal-best 15 victories last year, including one over current world No. 7 Alexander Zverev. Korda, 20, burst onto the scene at the 2020 French Open where he qualified and defeated John Isner en route to the fourth round where he lost to eventual champion Rafael Nadal. Following the French Open, Korda broke into the top 200 and finished the season with his first ATP Challenger title at Eckental. Paul and Korda...