The first day of the main draw action in the Delray Beach Open sees six first round matches played on Monday, as the tournament gets off to something of a slow start, on what is expected to be a warm day temperature wise out in Florida.
We have to wait until later in the week for the big seeds to come out to play, but we still have a couple of seeded players on show on the opening day and a couple of American starlets looking to shine in front of a home crowd.
The action begins with a doubles match but when the singles gets going it will be the wildcard Ryan Harrison going up against a Damir Dzumhur who was ranked safely inside the top 32 a year or two back, but who now resides outside the top 100 in the world. When they are done possibly the match of the day takes place as Adrian Mannarino will look to find some form against a Soonwoo Kwon, who made a name for himself last week when he defeated Milos Raonic in New York.
We have an evening session on the main court on Monday and it starts with the highest ranked player on show on the day in John Millman taking centre stage. He meets Yoshihito Nishioka for a place in the second round. Former champion Frances Tiafoe will then arrive in the stadium for his clash against qualifier Emilio Gomez, who got into the draw at the last minute after Tennys Sandgren pulled out.
There are just the two singles matches away from the main stadium on Monday and they both involve talented young American players. Mackenzie McDonald is the first of those to take to the court when he goes up against the largely unknown Japanese player Yasutaka Uchiyama before the pick of the two games which sees former Wimbledon quarter finalist Jiri Vesely meeting the junior star Brandon Nakashima.
There is a lot of hype around Brandon Nakashima, and rightly so based on his junior record, but I think he might meet his match against Jiri Vesely. To be fair had the Czech not been in good form this one could easily go the way of the American but even in these slow conditions I fancy Vesely to get the job done here, and I’m a little surprised that we can get 4/5 about him doing so given the form he is in.
Vesely won the 250 tournament in Pune a couple of weeks ago and saw off some seasoned challengers in the process so he should be feeling pretty good about himself at the minute. He also has a win over Ivo Karlovic in Doha qualifying this season as well. Nakashima won a Challenger event in Santa Fe last month but the highest player in the world he beat that week was ranked #265 and he hasn’t really gone brilliantly well either side of that. I’m sure the 18-year-old will go on and have a good career. I’m less sure it starts with a win here.
Back J.Vesely to beat B.Nakashima for a 4/10 stake at 1.80 with Betway