14 Feb Former Champions Showdown in First Round, 10 Americans in Singles Main Draw
Former singles champions Frances Tiafoe, Jack Sock and defending champ Radu Albot will all be in action this week at the 28th annual Delray Beach Open with top seeds Nick Kyrgios (1) and Milos Raonic (2) headlining the “Super Tuesday” line-up of play.
The first round features a showdown of former Delray Beach singles champions with Albot (8) taking on wildcard and 2017 singles champ Sock.
Making his fifth appearance in Delray, Albot is looking to defend his 2019 title that helped propel him to No. 29 in the world last year while Sock is looking for a strong comeback on the Tour following injuries that have kept him sidelined. Sock currently has a 1-0 head-to-head record against Albot.
In an All-American first round match-up, 2018 singles champion Tiafoe will face Tennys Sandgren who recently advanced to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open before falling to Roger Federer in a five-set thriller.
In 2018, Tiafoe was the first wild card winner in Delray and the youngest American to win an ATP title since 19-year-old Andy Roddick won Houston in 2002. He was the first Next Gen American to win a Delray Beach title and the 8tth player to capture his first ATP title here. Tiafoe leads the head-to-head against Sandgren 1-0.
On Tuesday, the top seeded Kyrgios (1) meets American Tommy Paul, who recently defeated world No. 20 Grigor Dimitrov on his way to the third round at the Australian Open. Kyrgios, having a strong start to the year, advanced to the 4th round in Australia by defeating No. 17 Karen Khachanov before falling in a close four sets to world No. 1 Rafael Nadal. This will be the pair’s first time playing each other.
Also in action on “Super Tuesday,” is Raonic (2) who will play Italian Andreas Seppi. The Canadian is making his third appearance in Delray and reached the 2017 singles final before withdrawing with an injury. Raonic has won both matches with Seppi in two previous meetings.
Nearly a third of the draw is made up of Americans in 2020 – there are 10 in total with Taylor Fritz, Ryan Harrison, Reilly Opelka, Steve Johnson, Mackenzie McDonald and 18-year-old wildcard Brandon Nakashima also in the field.