Author: Tomi Garguilo

By STEVE DORSEY DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Ivo Karlovic is not ready just yet to give in to Father Time. Karlovic, who turns 42 next month, delivered that message Friday night when he won his first-round match at the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com, upsetting No. 7 seed and world No. 59 Pablo Andujar of Spain and establishing a couple records in the process. Karlovic’s 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 victory on the Stadium Court at the Delray Beach Tennis Center eclipsed his own record as the oldest match winner on the ATP Tour since 42-year-old Jimmy Connors won his first two matches at Halle in 1995. “Of course it’s special, even if it’s that age. In any sentence that you are with him, compared, it’s nice,” Karlovic said. Karlovic arrived here ranked No. 148 in the world, a far cry from his career high of No. 14 that he achieved in...

After opening round byes, both No. 3 seed Adrian Mannarino and No. 4 seed Hubert Hurkacz will get their 2021 seasons underway while Americans Frances Tiafoe and Bjorn Fratangelo also clash to headline Sunday at the Delray Beach Open presented by VITACOST.com. Polish 23-year-old Hurkacz will look to book his place in the quarterfinals against Columbian Daniel Elahi Galan. Galan reached the round of 16 after beating Andrej Martin 6-4 6-4 in the first round. In his Delray Beach debut, Hurkacz will be looking to make his first ATP quarterfinal since October of last year. In the shortened 2020 season, the Pole reached only one ATP Tour semifinal way back in January in Auckland. Hurkacz does enjoy playing in America, however, with his lone ATP Tour singles title coming on the outdoor hard at Winston-Salem in 2019. Galan appears to have started 2021 where he left off 2020...

By STEVE DORSEY  DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Christian Harrison added another chapter to the feel-good story of this young 2021 ATP Tour season Saturday afternoon when the 26-year-old American upset world No. 22 Cristian Garin in straight sets at the Delray Beach Open  by VITACOST.com. Harrison’s stunning 7-6(3), 6-2 second-round win on the Stadium Court at the Delray Beach Tennis Center is hands-down the biggest of his injury-riddled pro career. He advances to his first Tour-level quarterfinal where he will face Italian Gianluca Mager, the player who ousted Harrison’s brother Ryan in the first round here. “Luckily my brother and I, we’ve always supported each other, so I guess it paid off this week because I watched that whole first-round match (Mager) played against my brother,” Harrison said. “Honestly, I haven’t thought about it too much, but it still feels a little surreal.” That’s certainly understandable, considering that...

By STEVE DORSEY  DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Saturday was a day of second-round upsets at the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com, and Sebastian Korda didn’t want to be locked out of the party. Korda registered the third consecutive upset of day when the 20-year-old Floridian defeated world No. 52 and No. 5 seed fellow American Tommy Paul 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 in the evening session’s first match to reach his first ATP Tour-level quarterfinal. He joined Christian Harrison and Gianluca Mager as underdogs to oust a seeded player here on Saturday. (Read More) Korda, who arrived in Delray Beach ranked No. 119 In the world, said his goal this year is to crack the top 100, and he’s certainly off to a good start here at the season-opening tournament on the ATP Tour. He finished 2020 by winning seven of his last eight matches on the Challenger circuit...

By STEVE DORSEY DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Hubert Hurkacz says he doesn’t put too much thought into where he’s seeded in a given tournament. There’s one intriguing fact regarding his seeding that might interest him, however, here at the Delray Beach Open by Vitacost.com. Hurkacz is the No. 4 seed here this week. And the No. 4 seed at Delray Beach has won the title six times, the most of any seed in the tournament’s history. Hurkacz, who received a first-round bye, made his Delray Beach debut Sunday afternoon at the Delray Beach Tennis Center by making quick work of Daniel Elahi Galan, needing only 59 minutes to notch a 6-2, 6-2 victory and pencil his name into the Monday quarterfinals. Hurkacz is the only seeded player remaining in the top half of the 28-player field singles bracket. “Everyone can play here, so it’s not like the seeds really...

The doubles draw at the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com is down to the final four teams with the semifinal matches set to take place Tuesday. It has been an upset-heavy tournament, with all four seeded teams eliminated in the opening round. The result is a big opportunity for the remaining four duos, each of which is looking to win its first ATP title as a team. An American duo has won the title in Delray beach six times in the past eight years, and two USA teams have the chance to extend that run as the teams of Christian and Ryan Harrison along with Mackenzie McDonald and Tommy Paul have reached the semifinals. The Harrisons are looking to ensure a pair of brothers win this title for the third year in a row on the heels of Bob & Mike Bryan claiming back-to-back titles before retiring in...

By STEVE DORSEY  DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Frances Tiafoe grew up in the Washington, D.C. suburb of Hyattsville, Md., but he has made a second home here in Palm Beach County where he has enjoyed some of his best moments on the tennis court. Tiafoe won his only ATP Tour title at the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com in 2018, the only wild card champion in the tournament’s 28-year history. The 22-year-old world No. 62 took another step toward a possible second title here when he defeated fellow American Bjorn Fratangleo 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 Sunday on the Stadium Court at the Delray Beach Tennis Center. Tiafoe’s second-round win earned the No. 8 seed a spot in the quarterfinals on Monday and improved his record in Delray Beach to 9-2, a far better winning percentage than any other venue he has played on the ATP Tour. So it’s easy...