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Two former Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com champions, Frances Tiafoe and Ivo Karlovic, get their 2021 season underway on Friday night at the Delray Beach Tennis Center. Tiafoe, the champion here in Delray in 2018, was the tournament’s first ever wild card winner and the first Next Gen American to win a title on the ATP Tour. He will play fellow American Donald Young in the first round on Friday night, not before 8 p.m. on stadium court. Young battled through two lengthy qualifying matches coming from a set down on both occasions to qualify for his first ATP Tour main draw since July of 2019. Tiafoe finished the 2020 season with a title at the ATP Challenger event in Parma and a semi-final run at the ATP 250 in Nur-Sultan where he lost to eventual winner John Millman. Despite a strong end to 2020, Tiafoe saw...

By STEVE DORSEY   DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Tommy Paul still is looking to capture his first title on the ATP Tour since turning pro five years ago. But if you’re looking for a sleeper outside the top four seeds at this week’s Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com, Paul is one player to keep an eye on.  The 23-year-old American kick-started his 2021 season Thursday afternoon with a 6-1, 6-4 win against Korean Ji Sung Nam on the Stadium Court at the Delray Beach Tennis Center. The former world No. 3 junior enters the new season with a career-high No. 52 world ranking. He notched a personal-best 15 victories in 2020, including his biggest career win when he defeated No. 7-ranked Alexander Zverev at Acapulco.  Paul is the No. 5 seed here this week and in the bottom half of the singles draw that includes No. 2 seed John...

By STEVE DORSEY DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Sam Querrey had not tasted victory in almost a year when the lanky American arrived here for the ATP Tour’s season-opening Delray Beach Open by Vitacost.com. He ended that drought Thursday night. Querrey, ranked No. 56 in the world, became the third American to win a first-round singles match on the first day of the main draw competition – joining Tommy Paul and Sebastian Korda – by dispatching fellow American Mackenzie McDonald 6-3, 6-4 in the nightcap match. It’s the first win for Querrey, the No. 6 seed here this week, since the Australian Open last year. The 6-foot-6 hard-serving Querrey delivered 13 aces and saved six of seven break points in the match. “I felt good,” said Querrey, who won the title here in 2016. “I was little nervous to begin with. First match I’ve won in almost a year. I...

By STEVE DORSEY  DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Christian Harrison is a fan of the NFL, so he’s familiar with the amazing comeback of quarterback Alex Smith, who has overcome a devastating leg injury two years ago that required 17 surgeries to help lead the Washington Football team to the playoffs this season. Harrison can relate to Smith’s ordeal and the perseverance that the veteran quarterback has shown and his determination to return to a sport he loves. Harrison certainly knows all about professional setbacks and comebacks. The 26-year-old American has a medical resume that resembles a M.A.S.H. unit – eight surgeries, including operations on both legs, both hips, his right wrist and both adductors. Oh, and also a bone infection. All have threatened to end his pro career. So it’s understandable that Harrison fully appreciates just being able to still play professional tennis. Winning matches makes it all...

By STEVE DORSEY DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Ivo Karlovic is not ready just yet to give in to Father Time. Karlovic, who turns 42 next month, delivered that message Friday night when he won his first-round match at the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com, upsetting No. 7 seed and world No. 59 Pablo Andujar of Spain and establishing a couple records in the process. Karlovic’s 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 victory on the Stadium Court at the Delray Beach Tennis Center eclipsed his own record as the oldest match winner on the ATP Tour since 42-year-old Jimmy Connors won his first two matches at Halle in 1995. “Of course it’s special, even if it’s that age. In any sentence that you are with him, compared, it’s nice,” Karlovic said. Karlovic arrived here ranked No. 148 in the world, a far cry from his career high of No. 14 that he achieved in...

After opening round byes, both No. 3 seed Adrian Mannarino and No. 4 seed Hubert Hurkacz will get their 2021 seasons underway while Americans Frances Tiafoe and Bjorn Fratangelo also clash to headline Sunday at the Delray Beach Open presented by VITACOST.com. Polish 23-year-old Hurkacz will look to book his place in the quarterfinals against Columbian Daniel Elahi Galan. Galan reached the round of 16 after beating Andrej Martin 6-4 6-4 in the first round. In his Delray Beach debut, Hurkacz will be looking to make his first ATP quarterfinal since October of last year. In the shortened 2020 season, the Pole reached only one ATP Tour semifinal way back in January in Auckland. Hurkacz does enjoy playing in America, however, with his lone ATP Tour singles title coming on the outdoor hard at Winston-Salem in 2019. Galan appears to have started 2021 where he left off 2020...

By STEVE DORSEY  DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Christian Harrison added another chapter to the feel-good story of this young 2021 ATP Tour season Saturday afternoon when the 26-year-old American upset world No. 22 Cristian Garin in straight sets at the Delray Beach Open  by VITACOST.com. Harrison’s stunning 7-6(3), 6-2 second-round win on the Stadium Court at the Delray Beach Tennis Center is hands-down the biggest of his injury-riddled pro career. He advances to his first Tour-level quarterfinal where he will face Italian Gianluca Mager, the player who ousted Harrison’s brother Ryan in the first round here. “Luckily my brother and I, we’ve always supported each other, so I guess it paid off this week because I watched that whole first-round match (Mager) played against my brother,” Harrison said. “Honestly, I haven’t thought about it too much, but it still feels a little surreal.” That’s certainly understandable, considering that...

By STEVE DORSEY  DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Saturday was a day of second-round upsets at the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com, and Sebastian Korda didn’t want to be locked out of the party. Korda registered the third consecutive upset of day when the 20-year-old Floridian defeated world No. 52 and No. 5 seed fellow American Tommy Paul 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 in the evening session’s first match to reach his first ATP Tour-level quarterfinal. He joined Christian Harrison and Gianluca Mager as underdogs to oust a seeded player here on Saturday. (Read More) Korda, who arrived in Delray Beach ranked No. 119 In the world, said his goal this year is to crack the top 100, and he’s certainly off to a good start here at the season-opening tournament on the ATP Tour. He finished 2020 by winning seven of his last eight matches on the Challenger circuit...

By STEVE DORSEY DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Hubert Hurkacz says he doesn’t put too much thought into where he’s seeded in a given tournament. There’s one intriguing fact regarding his seeding that might interest him, however, here at the Delray Beach Open by Vitacost.com. Hurkacz is the No. 4 seed here this week. And the No. 4 seed at Delray Beach has won the title six times, the most of any seed in the tournament’s history. Hurkacz, who received a first-round bye, made his Delray Beach debut Sunday afternoon at the Delray Beach Tennis Center by making quick work of Daniel Elahi Galan, needing only 59 minutes to notch a 6-2, 6-2 victory and pencil his name into the Monday quarterfinals. Hurkacz is the only seeded player remaining in the top half of the 28-player field singles bracket. “Everyone can play here, so it’s not like the seeds really...

The doubles draw at the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com is down to the final four teams with the semifinal matches set to take place Tuesday. It has been an upset-heavy tournament, with all four seeded teams eliminated in the opening round. The result is a big opportunity for the remaining four duos, each of which is looking to win its first ATP title as a team. An American duo has won the title in Delray beach six times in the past eight years, and two USA teams have the chance to extend that run as the teams of Christian and Ryan Harrison along with Mackenzie McDonald and Tommy Paul have reached the semifinals. The Harrisons are looking to ensure a pair of brothers win this title for the third year in a row on the heels of Bob & Mike Bryan claiming back-to-back titles before retiring in...