The Delray Beach Open delivered bad news for Canadian snow bird tennis fans but good news for Argentine fans in South Florida next week.
World No. 11 Milos Raonic of Canada withdrew from the tournament with an abdominal injury and is being replaced by 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina, who reached No. 4 in the world and is making his comeback after wrist surgery last June.
Del Potro played just two tournaments last year — Sydney and the Miami Open — and then had left wrist surgery on June 18. His first-round match will be Monday night. Five years ago, coming off right wrist surgery, the Argentine won the title without dropping a set.
“We’ve been expecting this call,” tournament director Mark Baron said. “Juan Martin has always had Delray Beach in his comeback plans, and we’re happy to know that it’s come to fruition. We are rooting for him to be able to overcome his injury and hope he will have a successful comeback.”
The tournament’s main draw runs from Feb. 15-21 and features No. 14 Kevin Anderson, who won the event in 2012, No. 20 Bernard Tomic, defending champion and No. 26 Ivo Karlovic, No. 28 Grigor Dmitrov and the doubles team of Bob and Mike Bryan.
The Champions Tour part of the event is Friday and Saturday, and includes Mardy Fish, James Blake, Aaron Krickstein, Sebastian Grosjean, Wayne Ferreira and Emilio Sanchez.
The Delray Beach Tennis Center is located at 201 W. Atlantic Ave., east of I-95.
Tickets range from $29 to $85. There are discounts for seniors, and free passes for members of the military, law enforcement, firefighters and emergency personnel. For information, call 561-330-6000 or go to yellowtennisball.com.
▪ Djokovic, Williams sisters head Miami Open list: The 2016 Miami Open announced its player-entry list, and it includes nearly all of the top 76 men and women in the world.
Topping the list are No. 1 men’s player Novak Djokovic and No. 1 women’s player Serena Williams, as well as Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Maria Sharapova, Venus Williams, Victoria Azarenka and reigning Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber, who upset Serena Williams in the final a few weeks ago. Roger Federer, who skipped the event in 2014 and ’15, is on the entry list but is still not confirmed.
The Miami Open runs March 21-April 3. For tickets, call 305-442-3367.
University of Miami senior shooting guard Sheldon McClellan was named a midseason finalist for the Naismith Trophy Men’s College Player of the Year award, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced.
McClellan is one of 35 players, including one of eight ACC players, on the list.
McClellan is the second-most efficient player in the country, according to Ken Pom.com, among players used in 20 percent of possessions.
McClellan has posted the seventh-best shooting percentage (53.4) in the country among guards and has the top shooting percentage among guards in the ACC, according to stats on NCAA.org on Thursday. McClellan’s two-point shooting percentage is 61.8 percent this season.
The Houston native has posted a true shooting percentage of 67.0, good for 14th in the country, and has the 10th-best offensive rating in the country, according to KenPom.com.
McClellan is ninth in the ACC in scoring in league games (17.8), fifth in free-throw percentage and ninth in steals. He has scored 20-plus points in five outings and 14-plus points in 16 games. He has scored 12-plus points in every ACC game and 20-plus in three league outings.
▪ Colorado Christian 7, Nova Southeastern 4: The Sharks (3-5) fell to Colorado Christian (2-3) late Wednesday night at the NSU Baseball Complex.
Nova Southeastern’s Julian Loret de Mola (0-2) took his second loss of the season, while Colorado Christian’s Ryan Erazo (1-0) earned the victory.