| By Brian Coleman
Photo Credit: Brian Coleman/New York Tennis Magazine

 

Four former champions—Reilly Opelka (2020), Frances Tiafoe (2018), Sam Querrey (2017) and Kei Nishikori (2008)—are among the players who have entered the season-opening Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com that will take place January 4-13. 

“We look forward to welcoming this terrific field to open the 2021 season in Delray Beach,” said Tournament Director Mark Baron. “While there are plenty of very familiar faces, including these former champions, returning to Delray Beach, we’re also excited to see some new names from the next generation of ATP stars for the first time.”

The full singles field at the 2021 tournament will feature 28 singles players, 21 of whom are included on this initial entry list. An additional four players will be added through a two-round qualifier while three players will be awarded wild cards by the tournament. 

Here’s an overview of the 2021 Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com field:

►Two 2020 title winners (Cristian Garin – Cordoba, Rio de Janeiro; Reilly Opelka – Delray Beach) 

►Four former Delray champions (Reilly Opelka – 2020, Frances Tiafoe – 2018, Sam Querrey – 2016, Kei Nishikori – 2008)

►Two former Delray finalists (Dan Evans – 2019, Milos Raonic – 2017) 

►Eight players making Delray debut (Pablo Andujar, Federico Delbonis, Cristian Garin, Hubert Hurkacz, Dominik Koepfer, Thiago Monteiro, Vasek Pospisil, Mikael Ymer)

►15 countries represented

►Five Americans

►Eight players aged 25 or younger (Youngest are 22-year-olds Frances Tiafoe and Mikael Ymer)

►Nine players aged 30 or older (Oldest is 35-year-old John Isner)


Below are the 21 players on the initial entry list:

(ATP Rank) Name Age, Country • Mini Bio

(14) Milos Raonic 29, Canada • Owns eight titles; 2016 Wimbledon runner-up; 2017 Delray finalist 

(22) Cristian Garin 24, Chile • Winner of four career titles; Making Delray debut

(25) John Isner  35, USA • Has 15 career titles; Making eighth Delray appearance, Four-time semifinalist

(32) Daniel Evans 30, Great Britain • Back-to-back seasons as British No. 1; 2019 Delray finalist

(34) Hubert Hurkacz 23, Poland • Claimed first career title in 2019; Making Delray debut

(35) Adrian Mannarino 32, France • Won first ATP title in 2019; Eighth time in Delray, 2015 semifinalist

(39) Reilly Opelka 23, USA • Two-time ATP title winner; Fourth Delray appearance, 2020 champion

(41) Kei Nishikori 30, Japan • Winner of 12 ATP titles; 2014 US Open finalist; 2008 Delray champion

(53) Sam Querrey 33, USA • Owns 10 ATP titles; 2016 Delray champion, 11th appearance

(54) Tommy Paul 23, USA • Reached one ATP semifinal, four quarterfinals; Second Delray appearance

(59) Frances Tiafoe 22, USA • 2019 Australian Open quarterfinalist; 2018 Delray champion 

(60) Pablo Andujar 34, Spain • Owns four ATP and 11 Challenger titles; Making Delray debut

(61) Vasek Pospisil 30, Canada • 2020 ATP Comeback Player of the Year; Making Delray debut

(66) Dominik Koepfer 26, German • Reached 2019 US Open Round of 16; Making Delray debut

(71) Cameron Norrie 25, Great Britain • Former collegiate No. 1 at TCU; Making third Delray appearance

(82) Federico Delbonis 30, Argentina • Owns two ATP and 11 Challenger titles; Making Delray debut

(84) Thiago Monteiro 26, Brazil • Winner of five career Challenger titles; Making Delray debut

(94) Mikael Ymer 22, Sweden • Played in 2019 ATP Next Gen Finals; Making Delray debut

(95) Soonwoo Kwon 23, Korea • In 2020, reached four straight quarterfinals; 2020 Delray quarterfinalist

(100) Gianluca Mager 26, Italy • Reached first ATP final at Rio in 2020; Making Delray debut

(101) Andrej Martin 31, Slovakia • 2016 Umag, Owns 12 Challenger titles; Making Delray debut


Originally scheduled for February, the 2021 Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com will now take place January 4-13. The ATP Champions Tour legends event will begin the action Jan. 4-6. ATP 250 qualifying matches will take place Jan. 5-6. The main draw for the ATP 250 tournament, which will feature 16 doubles teams in addition to the 28-player singles field, will begin Thursday, Jan. 7 with two sessions each day until the finals are contested during a single session on Wednesday, Jan. 13. 

Last year, Delray Beach resident Opelka served a tournament record 99 aces during the week in which he won his second career ATP Tour title. In doubles Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan captured their sixth Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com title and their 119th as a team. It was the final tournament for the twin brothers who announced their retirement in August. In the opening weekend’s ATP Champions Tour matches, Team Europe, led by Tommy Haas and David Ferrer, earned a 5-2 win over the James Blake-led Team World. This marked the third straight defeat for the home nation in ATP Champions Tour competition at Delray Beach. 

 

 

Brian Coleman

 Brian Coleman is the Senior Editor for New York Tennis Magazine. He may be reached at brianc@usptennis.com