Author: Tomi Garguilo

By STEVE DORSEY DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Reilly Opelka appropriately put the finishing touches on a very long day, albeit a gratifying one, when the 6-foot11 American delivered an ace to close out the championship final of the ATP Tour’s Delray Beach Open on Sunday for his second career title. Opelka’s day Sunday began at 10:30 a.m. and didn’t end until the he delivered his 27th ace of the championship match late Sunday afternoon in a 7-5, 6-7(4), 6-2 victory against Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan. Opelka, the No. 4 seed here this week, earlier defeated No. 2 seed Milos Raonic of Canada 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-3 in a semifinal match that was rained out Saturday night. “We established before the day started, let’s not think about possibly having to play two matches, let’s not think about Acupulco, let’s just take it one at a time,” Opelka said of his...

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT FOR SATURDAY’S EVENING (Session 16) SESSION TICKET HOLDERS   Due to the weather, the ATP Tour has rescheduled the Singles and Doubles semifinals Saturday evening session matches. The Doubles semifinals match will be played at 10:00am on Court 1 and the Singles Semifinals match will be played at 10:30am on Stadium Court.  Your ticket will be good for the Semifinals session. YOU MUST HAVE YOUR TICKET TO ENTER THE SITE. All tennis fans that had a ticket for Saturday night, February 22, 2020 (Session 16), may return to the rescheduled matches and their ticket will be honored for the semifinal matches.        ...

Q & A with Yoshihito Nishioka Q: You are now the second Japanese man to reach the finals here in Delray Beach, with Kei Nishikori winning the title as an 18-year-old in 2008. What would it mean for you to join Kei in the winner’s circle here in Delray Beach? Nishioka: It’s going to be very special for me. I’ve practiced with him many times when I was a Junior. He’s taught me many things. Also, he’s our hero. I want to be like him. If I get the trophy, I want to show him. Q: You came out of the qualies to reach the quarterfinals here in 2015 in your first appearance in Delray Beach. What do you remember about that tournament? Nishioka: I think I was just starting my tour events. I think it was (my) first quarterfinal at tour events. I was 19 I think. Q: It’s...

Today’s Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com singles final will feature 5’7” Japanese No. 2 Yoshihito Nishioka against 6’11” local West Palm Beach resident Reilly Opelka. Nishioka, 24, is making his fourth appearance in Delray Beach, with his best result coming in 2015, a run to the quarterfinals. Today will mark the left hander’s second career final after claiming his one and only tour title at Shenzhen 2018. Nishioka is the first left handed player in the final since Donald Young in 2015, and if victorious today will be the first Japanese champion in Delray since Kei Nishikori in 2008. In his semifinal, Nishioka had a remarkable comeback against No. 6 seed Ugo Humbert, coming from a set down for the third time this week. Nishioka used an extended rain delay to his advantage winning 10 of the last 13 games to steamroll Humbert 1-6, 6-4,...

By STEVE DORSEY DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Tommy Haas put the finishing touches on a memorable weekend for the 40-year-old German when he held off a valiant effort from Jesse Levine to clinch the championship trophy for Team World at the ATP Champions Tour event that kicks off the World Tour’s Delray Beach Open. Haas defeated Levine 6-3, 3-6, 10-5 in the final match of the three-day competition, handing Team World a 5-3 victory against Team Americas at the Delray Beach Stadium and Tennis Center. Haas, who retired from the regular tour last March after a successful career in which he won 15 ATP World Tour titles, won all three of his singles matches here this weekend, but was extended to a Champions tiebreaker set on Saturday as well as Sunday. Team Americas closed Team World’s lead to 4-3 earlier Sunday afternoon when Jan-Michael Gambill and Fernando Gonzalez won...