Former champions Reilly Opelka and Kei Nishikori fortify a loaded Delray Beach discipline.
The 2008 champion Nishikori and 2020 Delray Beach titlist Opelka dedicated to play the match because it celebrates its twenty fifth version in Delray Beach February 10-19, 2023.
Tommy Paul and 2022 quarterfinalist Grigor Dimitrov have additionally signed on for the silver anniversary becoming a member of Taylor Fritz, defending champion Cameron Norrie, Denis Shapovalov, who helped Canada win its first Davis Cup title on Sunday, and all-time ace chief John Isner.
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Nishikori’s shock victory in 2008 as an 18-year-old qualifier ranked No. 244 stays one of many seminal moments of the match’s historical past in addition to Nishikori’s. In that match, he saved 4 match factors in opposition to Sam Querrey within the semifinals earlier than defeating world No. 12 James Blake to win his first title. Nishikori went on to change into the No. 4-ranked participant on the planet, win 11 extra titles and defeat No. 1 Novak Djokovic on the 2014 US Open to change into the primary Asian Grand Slam males’s singles finalist. His Delray Beach title nonetheless ranks him because the youngest winner on the ATP Tour since 1998.
“The Delray Beach Open holds a special place in my heart, because winning it in 2008 as a qualifier was the start of my career and my belief that I belonged at that level,” stated Nishikori. “To be able to play it 15 years later is an honor. I hope it brings back the memory of that week for the longtime fans as the tournament marks 25 years in Delray Beach.”
Nishikori returns to the match for the primary time since 2014.
Opelka, a Delray Beach resident, gained the match in 2020 and was runner-up in 2022. He holds the Delray Beach file for many aces in a single match with 99 served in 2020. He gained his third and fourth profession ATP Tour titles in 2022 in Dallas and Houston, profitable the longest tie-break in ATP Tour historical past (since 1990) 24-22 in opposition to Isner within the Dallas semis and defeating Isner within the Houston ultimate.
Paul, Opelka’s former Delray Beach roommate, is enjoying the occasion for the fourth consecutive yr. In 2022 he reached the semifinals as a wild card and launched a breakthrough yr that noticed him attain a career-high rating within the prime 30 and his first Grand Slam fourth spherical at Wimbledon. He notched wins over world No. 3 Alexander Zverev, No. 4 Carlos Alcaraz and Grand Slam main winners Marin Cilic and Stan Wawrinka. A well-known face in Delray Beach because the juniors, he gained back-to-back championships right here on the USTA National Clay Court 16s and 18s in 2013-14.
Dimitrov is making his third look in Delray Beach, having reached the semifinals in 2016 and the quarterfinals in 2022. He is a former world No. 3 who has gained eight titles and is a three-time Grand Slam semifinalist. In 2022 he notched wins during the last two Delray Beach Open champions, Norrie and Hubert Hurkacz.
Isner returns to the Delray Beach Open for the ninth yr. He is scheduled to play his first match throughout session 7 on Tuesday, Feb. 14. Fritz, who just lately certified for the ATP Finals year-end championships and defeated Rafael Nadal enroute to the semifinals is scheduled to open his Delray Beach marketing campaign in session 10 on Wednesday night, Feb. 15.
Defending champion Norrie returns to Delray for the fifth time. Two months after profitable the 2022 title he cracked the world’s Top 10 to change into simply the fourth Top 10 British participant since ATP rankings started in 1973. He later gained his first clay court docket title and reached his first Grand Slam semifinal at Wimbledon.
Shapovalov is enjoying Delray Beach for the second time after upsetting former champion Ivo Karlovic within the first spherical in 2018. He began and ended 2022 with workforce championships for Canada, first on the ATP Cup after which the Davis Cup. Shapovalov reached the 2022 Australian Open quarterfinals and two finals late within the season. At 2021 Wimbledon he defeated two-time champion Andy Murray enroute to his first Grand Slam semifinal.
All particular person session tickets for the Delray Beach Open are on sale and begin at simply $42. Weeklong collection packages can now be secured for a $100 deposit.
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