11 Feb Young Americans Get Wildcard Into Qualies
Young Americans Get Wildcard Into Qualies
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 has won three ATP Challenger events, including a win in Australia in January where he defeated world No. 100 Dudi Sela in the final.
Paul, 18, who resides in nearby Boca Raton, made his ATP World Tour debut at the 2015 U.S. Open and has won four Futures titles in improving his ranking to No. 251. As a junior in 2015, Paul won the Junior French Open, was a finalist at the Junior U.S. Open and reached a career-high No. 3 ranking in the world in September.
The Delray Beach Open’s 16-player qualifying draw will be contested in two rounds on Saturday and Sunday (Feb. 13 and 14). The DBO and all other ATP World Tour 250 events are making the reduction from 32-player draws to 16 in 2016. The top four finishers receive automatic entries into the main draw.