Author: Tomi Garguilo

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...

By STEVE DORSEY DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – John Isner is starting to feel pretty good about his game, and that could be bad news for the rest of the field remaining at the ATP Tour’s Delray Beach Open. Isner, the No. 2 seed here and world No. 9, punched his ticket into the quarterfinals with a workmanlike 6-4, 6-3 second-round win against Lukas Lacko of Slovakia on Wednesday night at the Delray Beach Stadium and Tennis Center. He’s now 4-0 against Lacko and improved his record to 12-6 in Delray Beach, where he has reached the semifinals three times (2012, ’13, 14) but still is in search for his first title here. “It was a good win,” the 6-10 American said of his second consecutive straight-sets win this week. “I think I’m sort of getting more comfortable on this surface, especially with positioning on my return. I...

By STEVE DORSEY DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – It’s only two matches, but any winning streak is a huge positive for American Steve Johnson. Johnson overcame less than ideal conditions to defeat Paolo Lorenzi 7-5, 7-5 Thursday afternoon and earn a spot in the quarterfinals of the ATP Tour’s Delray Beach Open. It’s Johnson’s second win here this week at the Delray Beach Stadium and Tennis Center where he snapped an agonizing nine-match losing streak in his first-round match Tuesday. The win advances the world No. 34-ranked Johnson, who is the No. 4 seed here this week, to his fifth quarterfinal appearance in Delray Beach. It also further puts the angst of the losing streak further in the rearview mirror. Johnson needed to play a patient game against the 37-year-old Lorenzi, who is ranked No. 105 in the world, and pick his moments to be aggressive while dealing with...

By STEVE DORSEY DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Radu Albot didn’t know quite what to expect the first time he played the hard-serving Nick Kyrgios last year at the U. S. Open. But the 29-year-old from Muldova was better prepared for the world No. 64 Aussie on Thursday at the ATP Tour’s Delray Beach Open. Albot avenged the loss to Kyrgios in their first meeting with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 win Thursday to earn a spot in Friday’s quarterfinals where he will face world No. 34 American Steve Johnson, the No. 4 seed here this week. “At the U. S. Open, I  was leading in the first set and I lost that set, so it was a little bit maybe a missed opportunity,” Albot said after his win Thursday. “Today I managed to break him twice (in the first set).” Kyrgios, who ousted No. 5 seed John Millman in the...