Author: Tomi Garguilo

By STEVE DORSEY DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Juan Martin del Potro used the ATP Tour’s Delray Beach Open as a launching pad to reboot his return to competitive tennis in 2016 following a lengthy injury-induced absence and reached the semifinals here that year to jumpstart his triumphant comeback. The affable Argentine is facing a similar situation here again this week. Del Potro has not played a competitive match since sustaining a fractured patella in his right knee last October in Shanghai. He arrives in Delray Beach ranked No. 4 in the world and is the No. 1 seed here in the 32-player field that includes the top five Americans. The 30-year-old del Potro’s resume includes 22 ATP titles, including one here in 2011. He said Monday that he’s excited to be back and making his fifth appearance in Delray Beach. “I have great memories playing here,” del Potro...

  By STEVE DORSEY DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – The third time was a charm for Nick Kyrgios, who finally made his debut at the ATP Tour’s Delray Beach Open on Monday night after having to withdraw from the tournament each of the past two years because of injuries. Not this time though, as he delivered a thrilling three-set victory. Kyrgios, ranked No. 64 in the world, used a strong serving game to outlast Aussie countryman John Millman 6-4, 6-7(1), 7-6(3) to cap off the first day of the weeklong tournament at the Delray Beach Stadium and Tennis Center. Millman arrived here ranked No. 37 in the world and was the No. 5 seed. He defeated Kyrgios at the U.S. Open in 2017 in their only other head-to-head ATP Tour meeting. Kyrgios delivered 19 aces in the match – including nine in the decisive third set – to offset his...

JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO AND JOHN ISNER NAMED TOP SEEDS IN DELRAY BEACH 2018 Champion Frances Tiafoe Returns to Defend His Title, Milos Raonic Withdraws Due Injury FEBRUARY 15, DELRAY BEACH, FL – Today, the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com (https://yellowtennisball.com/) announced that world #4 ATP player Juan Martin del Potro was named the top seed this year in the singles main draw followed by world #9 ATP player John Isner as the #2 seed. 2018 singles champion Frances Tiafoe will be returning to Delray Beach this year to defend his title and was seeded #3 with fellow American Steve Johnson seeded #4. In the line-up of first-round matches, three all-American showdowns are taking place in Delray Beach this year with Tennys Sandgren taking on Reilly Opelka, Mackenzie McDonald playing Taylor Fritz and Steve Johnson battling Bradley Klahn. In addition to the All-American matchups, #5 seed John Millman of...

By STEVE DORSEY DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – The moment he won the final point of the match, Steve Johnson twirled toward the east stands and launched a tennis ball out of the Stadium Court at the Delray Beach Tennis Center. Finally, he could let out the frustrations and exale in relief. “I was trying to hit it to another planet,” Johnson said after he defeated Jason Jung of Taipei 7-6(3), 6-4 in a first-round match Tuesday afternoon at the ATP Tour’s Delray Beach Open. The win snapped the American’s nine-match losing streak that dated to the second round at last year’s U. S. Open. “You try to not think about it, but if I’d lost today that would have been 10 in a row. Just wanted to get the win and hopefully take a bit of the monkey off the back.” Johnson’s emotions reached a crescendo during...

By STEVE DORSEY DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Juan Martin del Potro, the No.1 seed, had a triumphant return from an injury-induced four-month layoff, but defending champion Frances Tiafoe made an unexpected early exit in first-round action Tuesday night at the ATP Tour’s Delray Beach Open. Del Potro, ranked No. 4 in the world, made his season debut with a satisfying 6-3, 7-5 win against Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan to cap off a full slate of action Tuesday at the Delray Beach Stadium and Tennis Center. It was the affable Argentine’s first match since sustaining a right knee injury (fractured patella) last October in Shanghai. Del Potro said after the match that he experienced some pain in his knee during the second set, but it didn’t keep him from holding off a scrappy effort from the 23-year-old Nishioka, who is ranked No. 72 in the world. “It was a tough...

By STEVE DORSEY DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – At only 5-9, Daniel Evans is dwarfed in height by the likes of 6-10 John Isner and 6-11 Reilly Opelka, both of whom are here this week for the ATP Tour’s Delray Beach Open. But the diminutive Brit suddenly has become somewhat of a giant in his own right the past few days. Evans had to win two qualifying matches last weekend to earn a spot in the main singles draw, including a win against American Donald Young. He registered the biggest upset so far when he ousted No. 3 seed and defending Delray Beach champion Frances Tiafoe in his first-round match on Tuesday. Evans continued his winning ways Wednesday afternoon when he defeated Lloyd Harris of South Africa 6-0, 6-2 to advance to his first ATP Tour quarterfinal this year. So suffice it to say, the 28-year-old Evans, who is...