Top Things To Know for Saturday, Feb. 10
1) Get a glimpse of the tennis future with Clervie Ngounoue
Learn to say her name (clare-vee n-GOO-nuh-way) because the current Wimbledon girls' and USTA 18s title holder is on her way up. The 17-year-old American turned pro in September and already has a win over the 37th-ranked player. As a winner of Australian and French Open junior doubles titles she'll hold her own Saturday night when she partners with Ivo Karlovic against past French Open doubles champions Luke and Murphy Jensen.
2) New ATP Champions Tour Legend
Kevin Anderson is making his ATP Champions Tour debut on Saturday night. The two-time Grand Slam finalist, former world No. 5 and 2012 Delray Beach Open champion will take on former world No. 2 and 2006 DBO champ Tommy Haas, who is playing his fifth Champions Tour event in Delray. Both Anderson and Haas played the Delray Beach Open ATP 250 event nine times.
3) (Un)Qualified Success
Two qualifying rounds will be contested, with four qualifiers moving on to the main draw. Qualifiers have a strong history of success in past Delray Beach Opens. Three times in the previous 31 editions of the tournament a qualifier has won the title, four times a qualifier has been runner-up, and 13 times a qualifier has reached the semifinals.
4) Qualifying Draw Full of Champions
Included in the qualifying field is 2019 Delray Beach Open champion Radu Albot, 2019 Wimbledon boys junior champion ShintaroMochizuki, two-time USTA 18s champion Zachary Svajda, 2023 NCAA singles champion for Georgia Ethan Quinn, and 2022 Australian Open doubles champion Thanasi Kokkinakis.
5) The New Guard vs. the Newer Guard
The main draw is out and matches begin Monday. There are two teens to keep an eye on. If 19-year-old Juncheng "Jerry" Shang, a Next Gen entry, can defeat a qualifier in the first round, he'll setup a rematch with second seed Frances Tiafoe, whom he defeated last month in Hong Kong. Up-and-coming 19-year-old American Alex Michelsen also faces a qualifier in the first round. If he gets through that he'll take on third seed Tommy Paul. Michelsen reached the final in just his second ATP Tour main draw last summer in Newport before turning pro and is currently the youngest player in the Top 100.
Friday, Feb. 9, 2024 Results
ATP Champions Tour
Ivo Karlovic/Scoville Jenkins def. Luke Jensen/Murphy Jensen 6-3, 7-5
Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan def. Jesse Levine/Sam Querrey 7-5, 6-2
ATP Champions Tour Standings
Player, Sets Won
Ivo Karlovic, 2
Scoville Jenkins, 2
Bob Bryan , 2
Mike Bryan, 2
Jesse Levine, 0
Sam Querrey, 0
Luke Jensen, 0
Murphy Jensen, 0