Author: Tomi Garguilo

Bryans Reach 8th Delray Beach Final By STEVE DORSEY DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – They might be on their farewell tour, but the Bryan Brothers are not ready to leave Delray Beach just yet. The American twins, the all-time winningest doubles team in ATP Tour history and the defending champions here, penciled their names into their eighth final at the Delray Beach Open on Saturday afternoon, rallying from a set down to defeat Marcelo Arevalo of El Salvador and Jonny O’Mara of Great Britain 6-7(5), 6-4, 10-4 in the doubles semifinals at the Delray Beach Stadium and Tennis Center. It’s the second consecutive match that the 41-year-old twins have been stretched to a match tiebreaker after being awarded a walk-over win in the first round. “We’ve been playing good breakers all week,” Mike Bryan said. “We got a huge lead and just hung on. . . . The first set was...

By STEVE DORSEY DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – The Bryan Brothers said goodbye to Delray Beach on Sunday afternoon, authoring a script practically right out of Hollywood. The retiring American twins, making their 13th and final appearance at the ATP Tour’s Delray Beach Open, once again escaped the jaws of defeat with a dramatic movie-like comeback to claim their sixth title here with a 3-6, 7-5, 10-5 victory against Luke Bambridge of Great Britain and Ben McLachlan of Japan in front of a highly partisan crowd at the Delray Beach Stadium and Tennis Center. It’s the second consecutive year the Bryans have hoisted the championship trophy in Delray Beach, and it’s the sixth tournament that they have won six times – the others being the Australian Open, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami and Monte Carlo. “Maybe we should just retire today,” Mike Bryan said to the appreciative crowd following the match....

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...

By STEVE DORSEY DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Yoshihito Nishioka raised his arms in exultation and flashed a big smile toward the stands early Saturday night after his three-set victory against Ugo Humbert in the semifinals of the ATP Tour’s Delray Beach Open sent him to his second career final. Nishioka became even more emotional several minutes later when he was informed that the win also guaranteed him a Top 50 world ranking. “I was waiting for that. It was a very long time,” Nishioka said after pausing to digest the news following his roller-coaster 1-6, 6-4, 6-0 win against Humbert. Nishioka had reached a career-high ATP world ranking of No. 58 about three years ago and was trending toward reaching the Top 50, an important goal of his. Soon after that, he sustained a left ACL injury at the Miami Open that put his tennis career on hold...

2017 Champ Saves Match Point Tuesday Night By STEVE DORSEY DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Jack Sock could not contain his emotions, dropping to his knees, his head in his hands. After a few moments, he stood up, wiped away a tear and walked to the net to shake hands with Radu Albot. And the fans in the packed stands at the Delray Beach Stadium and Tennis Center loudly applauded their appreciation. Sock had just saved a match point deep in the third set of his victory over defending Delray Beach Open champion Albot 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(2), registering the most emotional first-round victory of his nine-year professional career. “I’m not much of a crier,” Sock told the crowd in an on-court post-match interview, acknowledging that it’s been a tough road from “top of the world for me in my career to rock-bottom tennis-wise.” Sock was ranked No. 8 in the world...

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...