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FISH AND BLAKE HIGHLIGHT 2016 ATP CHAMPIONS TOUR FIELD Holiday Ticket Promo Includes Up-Close Seats [frame align="left"] [/frame][frame align="right"] [/frame] DELRAY BEACH: Former world No. 7 Mardy Fish will make his ATP Champions Tour debut at the 2016 Delray Beach Open, returning to the event where he continues to be the only ATP World Tour champion in tournament history to win as the top-seed - a feat he accomplished in 2009. Additionally, former Davis Cup teammate and world No. 4 James Blake will join Fish in the ATP Champions Tour field that was announced today by the tournament. Four of the six players who will play in the event have ties to the area, including Fish, a former Vero Beach resident. The three-day, six-player round-robin tournament is played the first weekend of the 10-day Delray Beach Open and includes an American team competing against an International trio. The action begins...

TESSARO CELEBRATES “SURVIVAL” ON FLORIDA VACATION Birthday Present is “Wildcard” Win Over Boca Raton’s Junior Superstar Rotsaert [frame align="left"] [/frame][frame align="right"] [/frame] Edoardo Tessaro celebrated his 23rd birthday by coming back from a set down to win the “Survivor Series” pre-qualifying tournament Tuesday at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center. A graduate student and member of the Virginia Tech tennis team, Tessaro beat top-seeded five-star junior Alexandre Rotsaert 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (10-7) to win a wild card and a chance to play in his first ATP-level tournament. “One of the best birthday presents ever,” said Tessaro, an Italian who came to the United States in January to work on his master’s degree in Human Nutrition, Foods & Exercise. The win gives the No. 2 seeded Tessaro a wildcard into the Delray Beach Open’s 16-player qualifying tournament in February.  If Tessaro wins two matches in that qualifier, he would be...

2016 FIELD ADDS TALENTED DIMITROV & VETERAN HAAS [frame align="left"] [/frame][frame align="right"] [/frame] DELRAY BEACH: ATP World Tour star Grigor Dimitrov has joined the 32-player field for the 2016 Delray Beach Open, while 2006 champion Tommy Haas has added Delray Beach to his 2016 return tour. The tournament previously announced that the world No. 9 Milos Raonic of Canada and the longtime world top-ranked American doubles duo, the Bryan Brothers, have committed to play in Delray Beach's 2016 ATP World tour event. In its 18th year in the city and 24th overall, the Delray Beach Open will be played February 12-21, 2016 at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center. Dimitrov, 24, reached a No. 8 world ranking in 2014 thanks to a pair of semifinal finishes in Rome and Toronto, and a win over world No. 4 Andy Murray that propelled him to the Wimbledon semifinal. The Bulgarian, who...

TOP TENNIS: MILOS RAONIC & BRYAN BROTHERS TO PLAY '16 DELRAY BEACH OPEN  [frame align="left"] [/frame][frame align="left"] [/frame][frame align="left"] MILOS RAONIC BY THE NUMBERS Age: 24 Height: 6’5” Career High: No. 4 (5-11-2015) ATP Titles: 6 Prize Money: $8.4 million Best Grand Slam Finish: 2014 Wimbledon (SF) ATP Aces Rank: No. 2 (2014, 2013, 2012) [spacer size="10"] [/frame] [frame align="left"] [/frame][spacer size="15"] With world No. 10 Milos Raonic in the fold, the Delray Beach Open is celebrating the signing of the highest-ranked singles player in its 24-year history. Already the top Canadian in tennis history, Raonic has reached a career-best No. 4 in the world, played in the 2014 Wimbledon semifinals and reached Grand Slam quarterfinals at Roland Garros in 2014 and the Australian Open this past January. The tournament also announced that the world No. 1 Bryan Brothers doubles team will be returning in search of their third straight title and fifth overall in Delray Beach. Delray Beach's ATP World...

[frame align="left"][/frame] AFTERNOON SINGLES SEMIFINAL: (Young) American Reaches 2nd ATP Final By Steve Dorsey DELRAY BEACH, FL. – Donald Young is one victory away from attaining a dream he has had for many years, and the 25-year-old American will get that opportunity Sunday afternoon when he tries to notch his first ATP World Tour title at the Delray Beach Open. Young reached his second ATP World Tour final by rallying from a first-set loss to defeat Aussie Bernard Tomic 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 Saturday in the first singles semifinal. Young also beat Tomic in a three-setter last week at Memphis to each his first semifinal this year, and much like last week Young again needed to overcome early struggles in the first set to register a victory. “I was pretty irritated,” Young said of his play in the first set. “I took a nap before the match and woke up and everything my...

[column size="1-2" last="0" style="0"][frame align="none"] [/frame][/column][column size="1-2" last="1" style="0"][frame align="none"][/frame][/column] FOUR IS MORE - BRYAN BROTHERS CONTINUE DOMINANCE Klaasen-Paes Give Twins A Run AT Title BY STEVE DORSEY DELRAY BEACH, FL. – The Bryan brothers further solidified their status as the world’s No. 1 men’s doubles team Sunday afternoon when they added another piece of hardware to their trophy cases at the ATP World Tour Delray Beach Open. Bob and Mike Bryan claimed their fourth title at Delray Beach when they won a third-set tiebreaker to defeat South African Raven Klaasen and Leander Paes of India 6-3, 3-6 (10-6) in the doubles final that preceded the singles championship match at the Delray Beach Stadium and Tennis Center. The third-set tiebreaker was knotted at 6-all, but the Bryan brothers, the top seed here, won four consecutive points to earn their first ATP World Tour doubles title this year. They also won their...

[frame align="left"][/frame]EVENING SINGLES SEMIFINAL KARLOVIC RETURNS TO DELRAY FINAL BY STEVE DORSEY DELRAY BEACH, FL. – It was appropriate that Ivo Karlovic delivered a 128-mph ace on match point Saturday night to clinch a berth in the finals of the ATP World Tour Delray Beach Open. It was the 6-foot-11 Croatian’s tournament-leading 78th ace this week and closed out a 6-3, 6-4 semifinal win against Frenchman Adrian Mannarino that sent him to the Delray Beach final for the second time. A runner-up here in 2010, Karlovic will attempt to capture his first Delray title and sixth of his career on Sunday afternoon when he faces American Donald Young in an intriguing championship match. Karlovic, who is No. 29 in the ATP World rankings and the No. 4 seed here, has overpowered his opponents this week with his serve. He has not been broken in 47 games entering Sunday’s final and...

[frame align="left"][/frame]SINGLES SEMIFINAL: (Young) American Reaches 2nd ATP Final By Steve Dorsey DELRAY BEACH, FL. – Donald Young is one victory away from attaining a dream he has had for many years, and the 25-year-old American will get that opportunity Sunday afternoon when he tries to notch his first ATP World Tour title at the Delray Beach Open. Young reached his second ATP World Tour final by rallying from a first-set loss to defeat Aussie Bernard Tomic 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 Saturday in the first singles semifinal. Young also beat Tomic in a three-setter last week at Memphis to each his first semifinal this year, and much like last week Young again needed to overcome early struggles in the first set to register a victory. “I was pretty irritated,” Young said of his play in the first set. “I took a nap before the match and woke up and everything my...

SEMIFINAL SHOWDOWN IN DELRAY BEACH Young vs Tomic, Mannarino vs Karlovic BY STEVE DORSEY [frame align="left"] [/frame][frame align="left"] [/frame] [frame align="left"] [/frame] DELRAY BEACH, FL. – American Donald Young continued his early-season success on the ATP World Tour with a come-from-behind victory Friday and will join Croatian Ivo Karlovic, Frenchman Adrian Mannarino and Aussie Bernard Tomic in the semifinals on Saturday at the ATP World Tour Delray Beach Open. Young became the first to punch a ticket into Saturday’s semifinals when he rallied to defeat No. 3 seed Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the day’s first match. The victory sends Young, ranked No. 56 in the world, to his second consecutive ATP World Tour semifinal and fifth of his career after reaching the semis at Memphis last week. Karlovic, the No. 4 seed here, closed out the quarterfinal round with a 6-2, 7-6(4) win against American No. 7 seed Steve...

NISHIOKA AND YOUNG TRAVEL DIFFERENT PATHS TO QUARTERFINALS Tomic & Dolgopolov Join Thursday’s Winners BY STEVE DORSEY [frame align="left"][/frame][frame align="right"][/frame] DELRAY BEACH, FL. – Japanese teenager Yoshihito Nishioka and American Donald Young produced compelling feel-good storylines Thursday at the ATP World Tour Delray Beach Open. Nishioka became the ninth teen to reach the Delray Beach quarterfinals when he defeated Aussie Marinko Matosevic 6-1, 6-3 Thursday night. A few hours earlier, the 25-year-old Young showed that he finally might be on his way to living up to the lofty expectations put on him as a teenager when he ousted Colombian Alejandro Gonzalez 6-3, 6-2 to also earn a spot in Friday’s quarterfinals. Also notching berths in the quarterfinals were No. 3 seed Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine, a straight-sets winner over American Tim Smyczek, and Bernard Tomic, who needed three sets to oust his doubles partner, No. 8 seed Serbian Viktor, in the...