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BLAKE WINS A PAIR ON CHAMPIONS SATURDAY By STEVE DORSEY [frame align="left"] [/frame][frame align="right"] [/frame] Delray Beach, Fla. – James Blake and Mardy Fish have been asked to carry the load for Team USA at the ATP Champions Tour’s event at the Delray Beach Open this weekend, and they have responded in grand fashion. Team USA’s three-man team was reduced to just Blake and Fish on Saturday after fellow American Aaron Krickstein had to withdraw because of a leg injury he sustained Friday night in the first round of the three-day round-robin event. Blake and Fish, however, answered the call by sweeping their matches Saturday to give the Americans a commanding 4-2 lead against Team International heading into Sunday’s final matches. Blake, 36, began his day early Saturday afternoon with a 7-5, 6-2 win against Sebastien Grosjean and then put the finishing touches on Team USA’s effort with a 6-2,...

NISHIOKA A STEP AWAY FROM SECOND STRAIGHT DELRAY BEACH MAIN DRAW Japanese 20-Year-Old Reached the Quarterfinals Last Year By STEVE DORSEY [frame align="left"] [/frame] Delray Beach, Fla. – To say it was a long day for Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan would be an understatement, but he was determined not to lose twice in 24 hours. Nishioka kept his hopes alive for a spot in the main draw of ATP World Tour’s Delray Beach Open with a hard-fought three-set victory Saturday night in the first round of qualifying play at the Delray Beach Tennis Center. Nishioka, ranked No. 130 in the world, can earn a berth in the 32-player main draw with a win Sunday on the final day of qualifying. Nishioka, 20, understandably was a little exhausted following his 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 win against American teenager Tommy Paul, who was playing on a wild card. The diminutive Japanese left-hander lost to Sam...

ATP CHAMPIONS TOUR: ALL TIED UP AT 1-1 AFTER DAY ONE [frame align="left"] [/frame][frame align="left"] [/frame] [frame align="left"] [/frame][spacer size="5"] The 2016 Delray Beach Open kicked off play with a pair of ATP Champions Tour matches on Friday night at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center. After opening night, Team USA and Team International are tied at 1-1 heading into the weekend. South African Wayne Ferreira got Team International on the board first, winning the tournament’s opening match 6-2, 7-5 over Aaron Krickstein.  Krickstein was forced to withdraw from the tournament due to a calf injury, though he finished out the match. “It’s still a lot of fun to go out there and compete and kind of get the juices flowing again and remember what it used to be like to compete in front of people,” said the 44-year-old Ferreira. In the nightcap, Mardy Fish quickly evened the score for...

ANDERSON REPEATS AS TOP SEED IN 24TH ANNUAL DELRAY BEACH OPEN Fellow Top 20 Bernard Tomic Seeded No. 2 [frame align="left"] [/frame][frame align="left"] [/frame] [frame align="left"] [/frame][spacer size="5"] Top 20 players Kevin Anderson (No. 14) and Bernard Tomic (No. 20) are the top two seeds in the 24th annual Delray Beach Open’s ATP World Tour singles draw. The tournament starts Monday, Feb. 15, at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center. Anderson, the top seed for the second year in a row, has been training on the Delray Beach courts since moving to the Delray Beach area nearly three years ago. Anderson was the tournament’s 2012 champion and a finalist in 2014. Tomic, an Australian who has put down roots down the road in Miami, was a Delray Beach semifinalist in 2015. Anderson drew American Austin Krajicek in the opening round while Tomic plays American Rajeev Ram. Former world No. 5 Juan...

2016 Delray Beach Wildcards: del Potro, Rubin, Smyczek DELRAY BEACH, FLA: The Delray Beach Open has awarded its final main draw wild cards to American teenager Noah Rubin, who will be playing in his third career ATP event, and fellow American Tim Smyczek.  Taylor Fritz, who was given a wild card yesterday by the tournament, instead moved into the special exemption category because he reached tomorrow’s semifinals in Memphis. Rubin, from Long Island, NY, played in the Delray Beach qualifying tournament a year ago, reaching the second round. This will be Smyczek’s fifth straight year playing in the Delray Beach main draw. The 19-year-old Rubin scored his biggest career win in January, beating world No. 18 Benoit Paire in the first round of the Australian Open.  He also picked up a number of ATP points with a 2015 Challenger win in Charlottesville, Va. shortly after turning pro. Rubin played a...

Young Americans Get Wildcard Into Qualies [frame align="left"] [/frame] DELRAY BEACH, FLA: American teenager Taylor Fritz has been awarded a wild card into the Delray Beach Open's main draw, where he will be playing in the fourth ATP-level event of this pro career. The ATP World Tour event begins Monday, Feb. 15, at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center. The tournament also announced Thursday that fellow teenager Tommy Paul has received a wild card to play in the DBO's 16-player qualifying tournament. On Thursday, Fritz defeated world No. 29 Steve Johnson in the second round of the Memphis Open to reach his first ATP World Tour quarterfinal in only his fifth career Tour-level match. Fritz, an 18-year-old American from California, turned pro in 2015 after winning the Junior US Open and has already moved up the ATP rankings to No. 145 in the world. The 2015 world No. 1 junior...

Tommy Haas withdraws for DBO DELRAY BEACH: The tournament also announced Wednesday that Tommy Haas, who had accepted a tournament wild card, has not fully recovered from shoulder surgery and is delaying his comeback to the ATP World Tour. Haas, 37, did not play in the Australian Open and also pulled out of this week's Memphis tournament. "Unfortunately we came to the conclusion that I am not fit to play in Delray this year," said Haas, who has an 11-7 record in eight appearances. "I really tried hard to make it and be ready." Tournament director Mark Baron now holds two wild cards that will be awarded before the draw is announced on Friday....

JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO WILL PLAY TUESDAY NIGHT AT 8:00 PM Raonic Injury Will Keep Him From Delray Beach Open Debut DELRAY BEACH, FLA: World No. 11 Milos Raonic has informed the Delray Beach Open that an injury sustained in the Australian Open will keep him from playing in the ATP World Tour event next week. The 10-day Delray Beach Open kicks off this Friday, Feb. 12, first with the three-day ATP Champions Tour, and then the ATP World Tour event which is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 15- Sunday, Feb. 21. Raonic suffered a right adductor injury in the Grand Slam semifinals against Andy Murray on January 29, and notified the tournament today that he has not recovered. "We are disappointed, of course, that Milos won't be playing here in Delray Beach," said tournament director Mark Baron. "But ultimately, we hope that he has a quick recovery and can get back to the ATP...

FORMER WORLD NO.4 JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO WILL PLAY IN DELRAY BEACH The 2009 US Open Champion Will Begin His Comeback From Wrist Injury DELRAY BEACH: 2011 Delray Beach champion Juan Martin del Potro is taking a wild card into the Delray Beach Open, making his second appearance in the ATP World Tour event. The 10-day event is coming up February 12 - 21, with ATP World Tour play scheduled to begin Monday, February 15 at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center. Del Potro will be making a long-awaited comeback from a bothersome wrist injury that has dogged the former world No. 4 and 2009 US Open champion for much of his career. In 2011, del Potro made his initial appearance in Delray Beach ranked No. 166 with just four tournaments under his belt following his first wrist surgery. He won the title without dropping a set, defeating...