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Kyrgios, Sock, Delpo, Shapo Spice Up Delray Beach 2018


They Join Sock, Del Potro & Raonic To Form Blockbuster Singles Lineup For 2018
DELRAY BEACH, FL: World No. 13 Sam Querrey is playing the best tennis of his career, and the 30-year-old American’s commitment to play in Delray Beach Open’s 2018 ATP World Tour event returns another former champ to an already blockbuster lineup.

The good news doesn’t stop there: 2014 Wimbledon quarterfinalist Nick Kyrgios of Australia and Top 50 Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov, two of the most colorful and top young stars on the ATP World Tour, will be making Delray Beach debuts.

The 10-day ATP pro tennis event is scheduled for February 16-25 at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center.

The newest trio joins three other singles stars already booked into the 2018 field: world No. 9 and defending champion Jack Sock, world No. 11 and 2011 Delray Beach champion Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina and former world No. 4 Milos Raonic of Canada.

The 16-time Grand Slam champion and four-time Delray Beach champion Bryan Brothers highlight the 16-team doubles field.

Since committing to Delray Beach, Sock and del Potro have played lights-out tennis. Sock won the regular season-ending Master Series 1000 tournament in Paris, rocketing the Kansas City resident into the Top 10 for the first time in his career, and qualifying him for the ATP World Tour Finals. The 2017 Finals, which are played in London, are reserved for the best eight players from the just-completed season. Sock is the first American playing in the event since Mardy Fish qualified in 2011.

Del Potro narrowly missed qualifying for the Finals, with his inclusion coming down to the Paris event where he reached the quarterfinals. The Argentine’s late-season run included winning the Stockholm title and reaching the final in Basel.

“We were saying over the summer that we already had our best field in history, but with Sock and Delpo’s incredible finish to 2017 and with the new trio who have signed with us —that puts it over the top,” said tournament director Mark Baron.

Querrey has enjoyed an amazing two-year run that began with his 2016 Delray Beach Open title. Since then, he has reached the quarterfinals or better at three Grand Slam events, made a semifinal appearance at Wimbledon, reached a career-high No. 13 ranking, and won ATP World Tour titles in Acapulco and Los Cabos to highlight his 2017 season.

While Querrey will be making his 10th appearance in Delray Beach, the buzz surrounding the two young stars can’t be overstated.

“These youngsters are two of the most exciting players on Tour,” said Baron. “Nick Kyrgios and Denis Shapovalov are going to be household names in tennis for years to come.”

Kyrgios, 22, followed his 2014 Wimbledon run with a breakout season in 2016, winning three ATP titles with six wins over Top 10 players and a career-best No. 13 ranking. He has continued to be among the world’s best in 2017, with three more wins over Top 10 players, a first Master Series 1000 final in Cincinnati and semifinal finishes at the Indian Wells and Miami 1000 series events.

Kyrgios, whose coaching team includes former ATP pro and Boca Raton resident Sebastien Grosjean, is looking forward to his first appearance in Delray Beach.

“I am super excited to make my debut in Delray Beach,” said Kyrgios. “It is a place I know well and have very fond memories of as I’ve spent a lot of time in the local area over the past few years. I feel very comfortable in Delray and I look forward to stepping out in front of the great crowds and putting on a good show for the fans.”

The Israeli-born Shapovalov, chosen by his peers as the ATP’s “Most Improved Player of 2017,” was one of eight players to qualify for the ATP’s inaugural “Next Gen” Finals that features the world’s best under-21 players. The 18-year-old became the youngest player in the Top 100 in August—right on cue before breakout tournaments at the US Open and Master Series 1000 in Montreal.

Shapovalov upset del Potro and then-world No. 2 Rafael Nadal in front of home crowds on his way to the Montreal semifinal and then beat world No. 12 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to reach the fourth round at Flushing Meadows. Now he’s moved into the Top 50, and the ATP also chose him as its 2017 “Star of Tomorrow.”

When the six players arrive in Delray Beach in February, the tournament could have five in the Top 20—a first for the ATP 250 series event.

Shapovalov’s first-round match has been scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 20 in the 2:30 pm time slot, giving the day session an all-Canadian flair with 2017 Delray Beach Open runner-up Raonic featured in the 12:30 pm match. Del Potro will play in Tuesday’s nightcap at 8:00 pm.

Tickets to watch the best singles field in Delray Beach Open history can be purchased online at Delray Beach Open Tickets, at the Delray Beach Open Box Office (30 NW 1st Ave) or by calling the Box Office at 561-330-6000.

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  • Scoop Malinowski · November 10, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    Possibly the best draw in Delray Beach history. Did not know Kyrgios hired Grosjean as his new coach.

  • Hartt · November 10, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    Actually, Grosjean has been working with Kyrgios for a while now. I remember Kyrgios posting a few months ago that he did not deserve Grosjean because he was not diligent enough.

  • Scoop Malinowski · November 11, 2017 at 7:57 am

    Surprising hire by Nick, passing on Hewitt. Wonder what stimulated Nick to approach Grosjean? Maybe they connected at Evert’s academy.



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