Fritz Leads Nine Americans In DBO Field; McDonald Takes Down Nadal at Australian Open

Fritz Leads Nine Americans In DBO Field; McDonald Takes Down Nadal at Australian Open

World No. 9 Fritz Leads Nine Americans In Delray Beach Open Field; McDonald Takes Down Top Seed Nadal at Australian Open

Spain’s Former World No. 7 Verdasco Granted Wild Card

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 18, 2023) With the year’s first Grand Slam event underway in Australia, Delray Beach Open players are making headlines. While top American and world No. 9 Taylor Fritz leads the player list for the Delray Beach ATP 250 event, it is 65th-ranked Mackenzie McDonald of the U.S. who ousted top seed and defending champion Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open. Both Fritz and McDonald are in the Delray Beach Open field that will compete Feb. 10-19 at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center. The tournament is the first North American hard court event of the outdoor season, and one of just 10 ATP Tour events in the United States.

Fritz comes into Delray Beach for a sixth time after a stellar 2022 that saw him crack the world’s Top 10 for the first time. He beat Nadal to capture the ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells title and again at the year-end ATP Finals, where he reached the semifinals. Fritz also won titles in Eastbourne and Tokyo last year. He started 2023 on a high note by going 7-1 in singles and mixed doubles matches to lead the U.S. to the United Cup team title.

McDonald reached the 2019 Delray Beach semifinals with a win over world No. 4 Juan Martin del Potro, his best win before his victory Tuesday over No. 2 Nadal. He is no stranger to upsets: In 2013, at age 18 and unranked, he defeated two Top 100 players to qualify for the ATP Masters 1000 event in Cincinnati. In 2016 he won the NCAA singles and doubles titles for UCLA.

Here is an overview of the 2023 Delray Beach Open field so far:

  • One former Delray Beach Open champion (Reilly Opelka, 2020)
  • Two former Delray Beach Open finalists (Opelka, 2022; Yoshihito Nishioka, 2020)
  • Five players making their Delray Beach Open debut (Jenson Brooksby, Jiri Lehecka, Ilya Ivashka, Ben Shelton and Fernando Verdasco)
  • Four players who won ATP Tour titles in 2022 (Fritz – ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells, Eastbourne, Tokyo; Opelka – Dallas, Houston; Adrian Mannarino – Winston-Salem; Nishioka – Seoul)
  • Three players who have qualified for year-end ATP Finals (Fritz – 2022, John Isner – 2018, Verdasco – 2009-10)
  • Five Americans ranked in the Top 50 (Fritz, Tommy Paul, Brooksby, Opelka and Isner)
  • Three NCAA singles champions (Shelton – 2022, Florida; Mackenzie McDonald – 2016, UCLA; Marcos Giron – 2014, UCLA)
  • Two Delray Beach residents (roommates Opelka and Paul)
  • 10 players age 25 and under (Youngest – Shelton, 20)
  • Four players age 30 and over (including Taro Daniel who turns 30 on Jan. 27; Oldest – Verdasco, 39)

A look at some of the players coming to Delray Beach:

(9) Taylor Fritz, 25, USA – 2022: Top 10, won three titles incl. ATP Masters 1000, def. Nadal twice, qual. ATP Finals

(27) Miomir Kecmanovic, 23, Serbia – 2022: 38 wins, QF at ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells, Miami, 4r Wimbledon

(33) Yoshito Nishioka, 27, Japan – 2020 DBO finalist, won 2022 Seoul w/win over No. 2 Ruud, 2022 Washington F

(35) Tommy Paul, 25, USA – 2022: DBO SF as WC, career-high Top 30, wins over No. 3 Zverev, No. 4 Alcaraz

(39) Jenson Brooksby, 22, USA – 3 ATP finals in US; 2022 4r Miami and Indian Wells w/win over No. 5 Tsitsipas

(40) Reilly Opelka, 25, USA – 2020 DBO champion, 2022 DBO finalist, won 2 titles in 2022, Delray Beach resident

(43) John Isner, 37, USA – all-time ATP Tour career ace leader; holds DBO record for most aces in a match (30)

(45) Adrian Mannarino, 34, France – won 2022 Winston-Salem, 2019 ‘s-Hertogenbosch; 2022 Australian Open 4r

(56) Marcos Giron, 29, USA – 2022: 1st final age 29 in San Diego, cracked Top 50; 2014 NCAA singles champ – UCLA

(65) Mackenzie McDonald, 27, USA – 2019 DBO SF w/win over No. 4 del Potro; 2022 top 50; 2016 NCAA title UCLA

(67) JJ Wolf, 24, USA – 1st ATP final at 2022 Florence; US Open 3r in 2020 and 2022; Ohio State All-American

(71) Jiri Lehecka, 21, Czech Republic – 2022: NextGen ATP finalist; first ATP match win over No. 12 Shapovalov

(73) Ilya Ivashka, 28 – career-high No. 40 in 2022; 2021: won Winston-Salem; def. No. 6 Zverev; Wimbledon 4r

(74) Oscar Otte, 29, Germany – 2022 SF in Munich, Stuttgart, Halle; career-high 36 in 2022; 2021 US Open 4r

(88) Jordan Thompson, 28, Australia – 2020 US Open 4r; 2019 s-Hertogenbosch final; 2017 def. No. 1 Murray

(89) Ben Shelton, 20, USA – 2022 NCAA champion at UF, father Bryan reached DBO QF in 1993-94

(92) Daniel Altmaier, 24, Germany – def. No. 8 Berrettini to reach 2020 French Open 4r; career-high 53 in 2022

(94) Taro Daniel, 29, Japan – turns 30 on Jan. 27; def. 5-time finalist Murray to reach 2022 Australian Open 3r

(WC-123) Fernando Verdasco, 39, Spain – former world No. 7, 7 titles, Australian Open SF, wins vs Djokovic, Nadal

 

Additional players will join the field to round out the 28-player draw.

Opening weekend starts Friday, Feb. 10 with an ATP Champions Tour legends event featuring the Bryan Brothers, and continues with qualifying matches for the ATP 250 event as well as an ATP pro-am, Legends clinics, nonprofit clinics and special pricing for kids and seniors. The main draw starts Monday, Feb. 13 and culminates with Championship Sunday on Feb. 19. The tournament is celebrating its 25th year in Delray Beach and 31st overall.

There are many special ticket offers for seniors, kids, USTA members, groups and multi-session tickets. Opening Weekend covers sessions 1-4. Sessions 1-6 are free for military, police, fire fighters, first responders and nurses with ID, based on availability. Senior Days offer buy one box or reserved ticket, get one free to fans 55 and older for the day sessions on Saturday, Feb. 11, Monday, Feb. 13 and Wednesday, Feb. 15 (sessions 2, 5 and 9).

All individual session tickets for the Delray Beach Open are on sale and start at just $42. Weeklong series packages can now be secured for a $100 deposit. Veranda series packages have already sold out but a variety of series packages are still available starting at $750, including reserved seats, courtside box seats and on-court “Best Seats in the House.” Packages include parking and exclusive amenities, making them an all-inclusive deal.

A Finals Weekender package starts at $300 and includes quarterfinals through finals tickets. Visit www.YellowTennisBall.com, call 561-330-6000 or email info@YellowTennisBall.com for more information.

Some of the world’s best players launched their careers at the Delray Beach Open. Former champion American Frances Tiafoe, now ranked in the world’s top 20, continues to light up crowds with his game and personality, and reached this year’s U.S. Open semifinals. Other recent Delray Beach champions include former U.S. Open winners Marin Cilic and Juan Martin del Potro, Grand Slam finalist Kevin Anderson, and multiple Grand Slam doubles titlist Jack Sock. Other competitors over the tournament’s entire 30 years of ATP tennis include a roster of Hall of Famers and fan favorites with Nick KyrgiosAndre Agassi, Andy Roddick, Lleyton HewittTommy Haas, Patrick Rafter, Jim Courier, Michael Chang, John McEnroe, Ivan Lendl, Mats Wilander and Jimmy Connors being among the most notable.

The Delray Beach stop on the global ATP Tour annually plays in front of over 60,000 fans and reaches television audiences in over 50 countries.

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Disclaimer – Match schedule, including number of sessions, dates, times, number of matches and players scheduled are subject to change. Tickets are not eligible for refund or exchange. 

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