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Del Potro and Raonic Headed To Delray Beach

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.

Tickets to the 10-day event can be secured online (Delray Beach Open Tickets), at the on-site box office (30 NW 1st Avenue in Delray Beach) or over the phone (561-330-6000 ext.1).

Complete tournament information can be found on the website.

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  • Andrew Miller · February 5, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    Backhand specialist is Robert Lansdorp and the other guru is Mike Joyce. Anyone can get a lesson with Lansdorp.

  • Andrew Miller · February 5, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    Tommy Paul winning any tournament is a confidence booster.

  • Hartt · February 6, 2017 at 8:05 am

    I think Denis reacted without thinking about where the ball would land. He had no beef against the umpire and from anything I’ve heard he is a good kid, not the type to purposely hit the ball towards someone.

    Players hitting balls in anger, especially near people, is one of my big beefs about tennis so there is no way I am excusing Denis’ action. But at least he will learn an important lesson from this. He said he was ashamed and embarrassed “for acting in a way I would never want to act. I can promise that’s the last time I will do anything like that. I’m going to learn from this and try to move past it.”

    I knew right away the match would be defaulted because I remembered the incident with Tim Henman at the 1995 Wimby. He hit a ball in anger, accidentally hitting a ball girl. About the last person you would expect to be defaulted.

  • Scoop Malinowski · February 6, 2017 at 8:36 am

    That Henman episode is a good comparison of a good well behaved player showing a shocking momentary loss of self control – happens to the best – players lose it – even the top players – Serena included –

  • Hartt · February 6, 2017 at 8:38 am

    We have been talking about the importance of playing doubles to improve a player’s overall game. That approach can have a nice dividend. 19-year-old Jelena Ostapenko has been playing more doubles and was in the St. Petersburg doubles with Alicja Rosolska to get some additional practice. Then she and dubs specialist Rosokska actually won the tournament. a big win for the youngster.

  • Andrew Miller · February 6, 2017 at 10:05 am

    Hartt yes, I think it matters. Craig Kardon emphasized it with Nabratilova and results speak for themselves, Hingis did doubles because she hated singles, Federer got an enormous confidence booster after winning Olympic gold with Wawrinka in 2008, saved his career trajectory arguably, Harrison backed into doubles to positive effect last year, Coco too.

    Craig Kardon and Wayne Bryant may overemphasize it, and John McEnroe may underemphasize it, but to me results just speak for themselves. Probably biggest boost is increasing real world play. As Agassi said

    I can do without practice. I can’t do without matches.

  • Andrew Miller · February 6, 2017 at 10:11 am

    The umpire will be fine and so too Denis Shapovalov. He’s a decent person from what I can tell and he’ll figure out things as he goes. He knows he hurt someone unintentionally and he deserves the default. And that he ensured a Canada loss.
    With that I actually think Raonic case for a slam just went way down. If he can’t win a Davis cup tie this year or lose a close one I think he doesn’t have the emotional boost to do it in the slams.
    So no slam in my mind for poor Milos this year
    (this is from me, who said the big four was dead a month ago. Take it for what it’s worth! Grains of salt!(

  • Thomas Tung · February 6, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    A certain Y. Kafelnikov had some comments about the importance of doubles in aiding the singles game:

  • Scoop Malinowski · February 7, 2017 at 7:52 am

    Tennis gospel right there from Kafel – thanks for sharing T2

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