Raonic, Nishikori Lead Delray Beach Field
Former Top 5 stars Milos Raonic and Kei Nishikori will lead the way in January at the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com, one of two tournaments set to take place in Week 1 of the 2021 ATP Tour calendar.
Raonic, who has climbed as high as No. 3 in the FedEx ATP Rankings, has competed in Delray Beach three times. The Canadian star made the final in 2017 and the semi-finals in 2020. Nishikori made history at this ATP 250 in 2008, when at 18 he became the youngest ATP Tour champion since a 16-year-old Lleyton Hewitt triumphed in Adelaide in 1998.
Nishikori is one of four former champions set to compete, with Sam Querrey (2016), Frances Tiafoe (2018) and Reilly Opelka (2020) also in the field as they try to get off to a strong start to 2021 in Florida. This year, Opelka won two matches on the event’s final day to claim his second tour-level trophy. Other players to watch at this event include American No. 1 John Isner, Chilean star Cristian Garin, 2019 finalist Daniel Evans and Polish No. 1 Hubert Hurkacz.
This ATP 250 event, which typically occurs in February, was moved to Week 1 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be played alongside the Antalya Open with qualifying taking place from 5-6 January and the main draw going from 7-13 January. An ATP Champions Tour event in Delray Beach will begin on 4 January.