Andy Murray withdraws from Delray Beach Open
From the Delray Beach Open: (December 31, 2020) DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Andy Murray has announced he is withdrawing from next week’s season-opening Delray Beach Open
“After much deliberation with my team I’ve decided not to travel to play in Delray Beach,” Murray said. “Given the increase in COVID rates and the transatlantic flights involved, I want to minimize the risks ahead of the Australian Open. I’m really thankful for the understanding of the tournament and I look forward to playing there soon.”
The 28-player field for the 2021 Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com is headlined by three past champions – Reilly Opelka (2020), Frances Tiafoe (2018) and Sam Querrey (2017). The field also includes 2017 finalist Milos Raonic, who is projected to be the top seed, as well as four-time semifinalist and top-ranked American John Isner.
Opelka will begin his title defense on Thursday night, Jan. 7 while Tiafoe will headline the Jan. 8, Friday night session. Isner is scheduled for the Saturday night session on Jan. 9, while Raonic will play on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 10.
Originally scheduled for February, the 2021 Delray Beach Open will now take place January 4-13. The ATP Champions Tour legends event, featuring past-main draw champion Tommy Haas and six-time doubles champions Bob and Mike Bryan, 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.