Taylor Fritz Awarded Wild Card Into Delray Beach Open

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Delray Beach Open Tennis News

American teenager Taylor Fritz has been awarded a wild card into the Delray Beach Open’s main draw, where he will be playing in the fourth ATP-level event of this pro career. The ATP World Tour event begins Monday, Feb. 15, at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center.

The tournament also announced that fellow teenager Tommy Paul has received a wild card to play in the DBO’s 16-player qualifying tournament.

On Thursday, Fritz defeated world No. 29 Steve Johnson in the second round of the Memphis Open to reach his first ATP World Tour quarterfinal in only his sixth career Tour-level match.

Fritz, an 18-year-old American from California, turned pro in 2015 after winning the Junior US Open and has already moved up the ATP rankings to No. 145 in the world. The 2015 world No. 1 junior has won three ATP Challenger events, including a win in Australia in January where he defeated world No. 100 Dudi Sela in the final.

Paul, 18, who resides in nearby Boca Raton, made his ATP World Tour debut at the 2015 U.S. Open and has won four Futures titles in improving his ranking to No. 251. As a junior in 2015, Paul won the Junior French Open, was a finalist at the Junior U.S. Open and reached a career-high No. 3 ranking in the world in September.

Paul has already enjoyed success in Delray Beach, winning the USTA National Clay Court 18s in 2014 and the 16s in 2013.

The Delray Beach Open’s 16-player qualifying draw will be contested in two rounds on Saturday and Sunday (Feb. 13 and 14). The DBO and all other ATP World Tour 250 events are making the reduction from 32-player draws to 16 in 2016. The top four finishers receive automatic entries into the main draw.

The 10-day Delray Beach Open kicks off this Friday, Feb. 12, first with the three-day ATP Champions Tour event, and then the ATP World Tour event, which runs through Sunday, Feb. 21.

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