Delray Beach champions Opelka, Tiafoe in 2022 player field

By Gary Curreri

Sun Sentinel Correspondent

Dec 02, 2021 5:27 PM

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Former Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com champion Frances Tiafoe is among those scheduled to compete in the tournament’s 30th anniversary event on Feb. 11-20, 2022.

Former Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com champion Frances Tiafoe is among those scheduled to compete in the tournament’s 30th anniversary event on Feb. 11-20, 2022. (Gina Fontana Photographic Services/Courtesy)

Former Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com champions Reilly Opelka and Frances Tiafoe along with No. 12-ranked Cameron Norrie and six-time ATP Tour titleholder Nick Kyrgios are set to compete in the tournament’s 30th-anniversary event Feb. 11-20, 2022.

“We are looking forward to tennis returning to Delray Beach and these four ATP stars are a dynamic and diverse start to our player field,” said Mark Baron, Delray Beach Open tournament director. “In addition to being past champions, Reilly and Frances are local residents who enjoy playing so close to home.

“We’re thrilled to also welcome a pair of international stars in Cam, who had a sensational 2021 season, and Nick, who is [a] must-watch whenever he steps on the court,” he said. “We are eager to see these guys’ electric brand of tennis in February.”

Kyrgios will play his first match in Delray Beach on Tuesday, Feb. 15 (session 7) while Tiafoe is scheduled to compete that night, session 8. Norrie will play his first match Wednesday evening, Feb. 16 (session 10).

Opelka, who lives in Delray Beach, won the Delray Beach title in 2020 in just his third appearance. The 24-year-old American broke into the top 20 ATP rankings earlier in 2021 en route to a career-best finish at a Grand Slam, reaching the Round of 16 at the 2021 US Open.

Tiafoe, a new resident in neighboring Boynton Beach, won his first ATP title in 2018 in his Delray Beach Open debut. His Delray Beach title made him the youngest American man to win a title on the ATP Tour since Andy Roddick in 2002. The 23-year-old American has reached the quarterfinals in his last two appearances in Delray Beach.

Norrie, a 2021 semifinalist, will be making his fourth appearance in Delray Beach. The 26-year-old from Great Britain has been ranked in the top 15 since Oct. 25 after winning his first ATP Masters 1000 title in Indian Wells. Norrie is also one of eight players to claim 50 or more wins on the ATP Tour in 2021.

Kyrgios makes his second singles appearance in Delray Beach, advancing to the round of 16 in 2021. The 26-year-old Australian has claimed six singles titles and one doubles title on the ATP Tour to go with three singles finalist finishes.

ATP Champions Tour (Legends) team competition kicks off the 10-day combined event on opening weekend Feb. 11-13. Singles and doubles main draw action for the ATP 250 event starts Monday, Feb. 14 and concludes with the ATP 250 finals on Sunday, Feb. 20.

The Delray Beach stop on the global ATP Tour annually plays in front of over 60,000 fans and a television audience in over 50 countries. On-site, it’s 10 days of themed parties, live music and art, the wine and champagne lounge, The Craft bar, courtside tables and bottle service, on-court and covered seating and more at the ATP “Award of Excellence” winning arena.

Tickets are available at YellowTennisBall.com and at the on-site box office (561-330-6000, 30 NW First Ave., Delray Beach) with individual tickets starting at $33.

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