20 Feb DBO Notebook Sunday
DBO Notebook Sunday, Feb. 20
TOP SEEDED NORRIE DEFEATS NO. 2 SEED OPELKA FOR TITLE
World No. 13 and No. 1 seed Cameron Norrie defeated Delray Beach resident and No. 2 seed Reilly Opelka 7-6(1), 7-6(4) to take the 2022 Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com singles title. Norrie is the second No. 1 seed to win the title in Delray Beach, with the first being Mardy Fish in 2009. The title in Delray Beach is Norrie’s third on the ATP Tour and he is the first player from Great Britain to win the title in Delray Beach Open history. Norrie is also the first left-handed player to win the singles title in Delray Beach since Ricardo Mello in 2004. Opelka, who won his third career title in Dallas last week, became the ninth player in tournament history to reach multiple Delray Beach Open finals.
AREVALO, ROJER TAKE SECOND STRAIGHT DOUBLES TITLES
After winning the Dallas Open doubles title last week, Marcelo Arevalo & Jean-Julien Rojerdefeated Aleksandr Nedovyesov & Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi 6-2, 6-7(5), 10-4 to capture the 2022 Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com doubles title. Arevalo & Rojer are the first doubles duo on the ATP Tour to win doubles titles in back-to-back weeks since Bob & Mike Bryan in 2013 (Madrid and Rome). Rojer (pictured right), a two-time Major winner and Miami Killian High School alum, won 31st career doubles title while Arevalo (pictured left), a Plantation, Florida resident, collected his fourth ATP doubles title.
OPELKA’S ACES MARK TOURNAMENT MILESTONE
Reilly Opelka had 25 aces, the second-most in a title match in tournament history. Opelka had 81 aces in 2022 in Delray Beach, tied for the fourth-most
Sunday’s finals of the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com were played in front of a sellout crowd. The official attendance was 4,970 for Sunday’s champions matches, the third-most for a final in tournament history.
TENNIS BALLS MANIA
Overall, 978 tennis balls were used during the 2022 Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com over the course of 555 games and 122 sets.
ALL AROUND THE WORLD
There were 21 different countries represented in the main draws during the 2022 Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com. A combined 22 Americans were in this year’s fields.
THANK YOU MEDIA
30 years of Delray Beach Open tennis has inspired thousands of stories and photos to be shared globally by an amazing group of friends in media. We want to thank a handful of those who have been a special part of the tournament family and who’ve helped the game reach fans new and old for more than three decades. A sincere thank you to JIM MARTZ, LISA FRANSON, HARVEY FIALKOV, CHARLIE BRICKER, MICHAEL BAZ, ART SEITZ, ANDREW PATRON, SANDY HARWITT, CINDY SCHMERLER AND RICHARD EVANS. And ALESE + MORT PECHTER, we miss you and honor you. May the sport continue to flourish by your writings and captured moments