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ATTENTION TENNIS FANS AND PLAYERS: ARE YOU GOOD ENOUGH TO PLAY THE PROS? Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com Announces Pre-Qualifying “Survivor” Event for November; Winner Earns Wildcard to Play the Game’s Best in February OCTOBER 30, 2019, DELRAY BEACH, FL – Today, the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com (https://yellowtennisball.com/) announced that their “Survivor” event will be returning this November 16-19th and is making its annual tennis casting call to all local tennis players to sign up by Wednesday, November 13th, at 11:59 p.m. If you are a junior star, college player, rising ATP pro, local club champion, tennis hack or just a believer, this is your chance to play your way into the Delray Beach main event and play the game’s best on the ATP Tour including former Delray Beach Champions Juan Martin del Potro and Kei Nishikori. Taking place at Boca Lago Country Club, and known as “Survivor,” the pre-qualifying...

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...

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...

Ivan Lendl Moves Into ATP Champions Final To Face Carlos Moya By Steve Dorsey Eighth-seeded Bernard Tomic of Australia advanced to the second round with a straight-set victory, Ivan Lendl secured a chance to add yet another title to his lengthy resume, and qualifiers filled the final four open lines for the singles main draw Monday at the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships. Tomic, who is making his Delray Beach debut, dispatched wild-card entrant Tommy Haas of Germany 6-4, 6-3 in the final first-round match of the first day of the main draw competition. Tomic began his 2012 season by advancing to his first semifinal on the ATP Tour at the Brisbane International where he lost to World No. 4 Andy Murray in straight sets, and followed that up with a 4th round showing at the Australian Open.  He entered the Delray Beach ITC ranked No. 37 and hopes...

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...

STEFAN KOZLOV OVERCOMES OPPONENT’S TIRADES TO WIN DELRAY TENNIS TOURNEY   By: Chris Nelsen, Palm Beach Post NOVEMBER 19, 2019, DELRAY BEACH, FL — Stefan Kozlov, who reached No. 115 in the world before injuries set him back, rarely finds himself rattled by an opponent. But even he got flustered at Tuesday’s final of the Delray Beach Open Wildcard Survivor tournament at the Delray Beach Tennis Center. Kozlov, who lives in Delray, had to keep his cool while beating Lucas Renard, 6-2, 6-0, as his opponent slowed the match down several times, yelling at Kozlov and arguing calls. At one point, Kozlov turned to his supporters in the crowd and told them Renard was “getting in my head.” Still, he remained focused and picked up the easy win, securing a berth in the Delray Beach Open qualifier in February. “I’ve played a lot of tennis, and I don’t think...

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...

Five-time Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com champions Bob and Mike Bryan will make their 13th appearance in the doubles main draw action this Friday. Also making their 11th straight quarterfinal appearance, the “Bryan Brothers” are looking to defend their 2019 title. Getting underway at 11:00 a.m. in the opening day session match on stadium court, they will face Divij Sharan (IND) and Artem Sitak (NZL) for a spot in the semifinals. This will be the first meeting between the two teams with Sharan/Sitak defeating Goransson/Humbert in a deciding third set tiebreaker in their opening round match. The Bryans, who are 27-7 all-time at the tournament, have reached a record seven finals in Delray Beach including title wins in 2009, 2010, 2014, 2015 and 2019. The greatest doubles team of all-time on the ATP Tour, together the identical twins share 118 doubles titles, 16 Grand Slam titles, 39 ATP...

Today’s Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com singles final will feature 5’7” Japanese No. 2 Yoshihito Nishioka against 6’11” local West Palm Beach resident Reilly Opelka. Nishioka, 24, is making his fourth appearance in Delray Beach, with his best result coming in 2015, a run to the quarterfinals. Today will mark the left hander’s second career final after claiming his one and only tour title at Shenzhen 2018. Nishioka is the first left handed player in the final since Donald Young in 2015, and if victorious today will be the first Japanese champion in Delray since Kei Nishikori in 2008. In his semifinal, Nishioka had a remarkable comeback against No. 6 seed Ugo Humbert, coming from a set down for the third time this week. Nishioka used an extended rain delay to his advantage winning 10 of the last 13 games to steamroll Humbert 1-6, 6-4,...