Author: Tomi Garguilo

By STEVE DORSEY DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Reilly Opelka overwhelmed another opponent with his powerful pinpoint serve Friday night at the ATP Tour’s Delray Beach Open. Opelka delivered 16 aces with no double faults en route to a 6-3, 6-4 quarterfinal win against Soonwoo Kwon of Korea in extremely blustery conditions at the Delray Beach Stadium and Tennis Center. The victory sends the lanky 6-foot-11 American to his first semifinal in Delray Beach. Opelka, ranked No. 54 in the world and the No. 4 seed here this week, has registered 53 aces in seven sets over three matches – the most of any player here this week -- that has propelled him to his first semifinal since last October at Basel. He improved his record at Delray Beach to 6-2, having also advanced to the quarterfinals here in 2018. “I was lucky. It was kind of a crapshoot today,”...

Four Americans Reach Final Eight By STEVE DORSEY DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Steve Johnson lives in Southern California, but Delray Beach has become almost like a second home for him. Suffice it to say, he likes playing in the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com. Johnson, ranked No. 76 in the world, stretched his record to 15-6 at the Delray Beach Open when he defeated fellow American Jack Sock 6-4, 5-7, 6-1 Thursday night to reach his fourth consecutive quarterfinal berth here and sixth overall at the Delray Beach Stadium and Tennis Center. “I’ve always felt comfortable on this court,” Johnson said. “I do alright with the wind and just kind of everything that Delray tends to bring. It’s bouncy, it’s hot, I like playing in the heat, so I just feel comfortable playing here. It’s just one of those tournaments you feel comfortable (playing) when you come back.” The...

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.        ...

Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan have left an indelible mark on the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com, winning the doubles title five times and playing to packed crowds every year. They were thanked for the impact they've had on the tournament by receiving a key to the city in a special ceremony on Tuesday night. ”Thanks for this prestigious key. If there’s something missing from your house tonight, it’s probably [because of] this,” joked Bob. “This is a very special place to us. It’s our hometown tournament, a lot of special memories.”   The Bryans are making their 13th appearance in Delray Beach. They played in the first year that the city hosted this event in 1999 and completed their most recent run to the title last year, marking their first ATP Tour team trophy since Bob underwent hip surgery in August 2018. The top-seeded Americans will start their campaign on Wednesday night.   https://www.atptour.com/en/news/bryans-key-to-city-delray-beach-2020...

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...

Twins Reach Semifinals in Last Delray Beach Appearance By STEVE DORSEY DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – The Bryan Brothers have collected their fair share of hardware at the ATP Tour’s Delray Beach Open, having won five doubles titles here, including last year. The most successful doubles team in ATP history announced that this is their final year competing on the ATP Tour, so it would be a fitting farewell if the American twins hoisted another championship trophy in their 13th and final appearance in Delray Beach. The Bryans – Bob and Mike – took a step toward that accomplishment Friday afternoon, defeating Divij Sharan and Artem Sitak 6-2, 4-6, 10-3 in the doubles quarterfinals under blustery conditions at the Delray Beach Stadium and Tennis Center. It improved the brother tandem’s overall record to 28-7 at Delray Beach, advancing them to their eighth semifinal here. “It does wreak havoc, but we...