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SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED FOR WORLD NO.3 RAONIC, DEL POTRO & BRYAN BROS
Blockbuster ATP World Tour Tuesday Schedule Confirmed
DELRAY BEACH, FL: The Delray Beach Open has announced first-round schedules for world No. 3 Milos Raonic and former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro for the upcoming ATP World Tour event that will be played at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center February 17 – 26.
If he maintains his No. 3 ranking, the 26-year-old Raonic would be the highest ranked player in the tournament’s 25-year history. He will play his first-round match on Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 12:30 pm in the day session’s feature slot.
The Canadian reached last year’s Wimbledon final enroute to the highest ranking of his career.
Del Potro, 28, will play in the Tuesday evening prime-time slot at 8:00 pm. The Argentine returned to the courts a year ago in Delray Beach (from wrist surgery), and climbed from a ranking of 1045 ranked to No. 38. He was named ATP “Comeback Player of the Year” for the second time in his career.
During the course of the season, del Potro defeated the top five players in tennis: Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka and Rafael Nadal.
The tournament also announced that the Bryan Brothers, who will be in search of their fifth Delray Beach title, begin that quest on Wednesday, Feb. 22 in the evening’s feature match at 8:00 pm.
Complete tournament information can be found on the www.YellowTennisBall.com website.
ANDERSON, TOMIC AND JOHNSON ROUND OUT TOP FIELD
25th Anniversary Event Could Be Strongest in History
DELRAY BEACH, FL: Former Delray Beach champions Kevin Anderson (2012) and Tommy Haas (2006), Top 25 Australian Bernard Tomic and American Steve Johnson are among the confirmed entries in the 32-player field at the 2017 Delray Beach Open.
The foursome joins world No. 3 Milos Raonic, 2009 US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro, 2015 Delray Beach Open champion and world No. 20 Ivo Karlovic and world No. 23, American Jack Sock who signed on early to play in the event.
The Bryan Brothers are confirmed to play doubles in Delray Beach’s 25th annual tournament.
Anderson, a Delray Beach resident making his eighth straight appearance, is 14-6 in the tournament and also reached the 2014 Delray final. The 30-year-old South African moved to a career-best world No. 10 ranking after defeating No. 1 Andy Murray to reach the 2015 US Open quarterfinal, but he suffered an injury-riddled 2016 season.
Tomic, 26, began this 2017 season ranked No. 26 in the world, and is 5-3 in three previous Delray Beach appearances. The winner of three career ATP titles reached a career-best No. 17 ranking in 2016.
Johnson, 27, is making his fourth straight Delray Beach Open appearance, and has a 6-3 record in the tournament where he was a 2014 semifinalist. The Californian won his first ATP title last year in Nottingham, was the doubles bronze medalist in the Rio Olympics (w/ Sock) and also reached the Rio singles quarterfinals before falling to Murray.
The surprise entry is Haas, who hasn’t played in an ATP World Tour event in more than a year after undergoing his ninth career surgery. Haas reached No. 2 in the world in 2002, is a four-time Grand Slam semifinalist and has won 15 career ATP World Tour singles titles. In a late-career resurgence, he won a pair of ATP titles and reached the Roland Garros quarterfinals in 2013.
Haas is also the tournament director of the Indian Wells Masters Series 1000 event. He will be playing in Delray Beach for the ninth time where he is 11-7.
Three young players to note in the field include 20-year-old Croatian Borna Coric, 22-year-old Brit Kyle Edmund and 20-year-old Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis.
Coric reached his first ATP World Tour final in Chennai last year and his first Master Series 1000 quarterfinal in Cincinnati. He was the youngest player in the Top 50 in 2015 as a 19-year-old.
Edmund moved into the Top 50 in 2016 and reached his first ATP World Tour semifinal at Antwerp. He was on the winning 2015 British Davis Cup team.
Kokkinakis missed the 2016 season with a shoulder injury that required surgery, but he reached a career high No. 69 in 2015 as one of four teenagers to break into the Top 100. He won the Brisbane doubles title last week for his first career ATP World Tour title.
Three wild cards are still available for the tournament, plus two “special exempts” held by the ATP World Tour, to bring its field of players to the full 32.
Here are the 2017 Delray Beach Open entries: Kevin Anderson (RSA); Dustin Brown (GER); Borna Coric (CRO); Juan Martin del Potro (ARG); Damir Dzumhur (BIH); Kyle Edmund (GBR); Daniel Evans (GBR); Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP); Santiago Giraldo (COL); Tommy Haas (GER); Ryan Harrison (USA); Steve Johnson (USA); ivo Karlovic (CRO); Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS); Konstantin Kravchuk (RUS); Yen-Hsun (TPE); Adrian Mannarino (FRA); Adam Paviasek (CZE); Milos Raonic (CAN); Dudi Sela (ISR); Jack Sock (USA); Bernard Tomic (AUS), Donald Young (USA). First Alternate: Taylor Fritz (USA)