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A treat for fans: These six top 25 tennis players will play at the Delray Beach Open

American Jack Sock, ranked No. 8 in the world and shown here at the 2017 Miami Open, is one of six Top 25 players entered in the 2018 Delray Beach Open that runs Feb. 16-25.
American Jack Sock, ranked No. 8 in the world and shown here at the 2017 Miami Open, is one of six Top 25 players entered in the 2018 Delray Beach Open that runs Feb. 16-25. MIAMI HERALD

The Delray Beach Open will feature its strongest ever lineup next month with six of the world’s top 25 players scheduled to play Feb. 16-25.

The field includes 2017 U.S. Open finalist Kevin Anderson of South Africa, Americans Jack Sock and Sam Querrey, Argentine fan-favorite Juan Martin del Potro and fiery Nick Kyrgios of Australia.

Sock is ranked No. 8 in the world and will be the top seed at Delray. Anderson is No. 11, del Potro is No. 12, Querrey is ranked 13 and Kyrgios comes in at No. 17 after winning the tournament in Brisbane, Australia, last week.

Other players entered include 23rd-ranked Milos Raonic of Canada, who reached No. 3 in the world before struggling through an injury-filled season last year, up-and-coming Canadian Denis Shapovalov, Americans Ryan Harrison, Steve Johnson, Donald Young and Jared Donaldson. French players Jeremy Chardy and Adrian Manarino are entered, as are Russian veteran Mikhail Youzhny and Ivo Karlovic.

Twins Bob and Mike Bryan will headline the 16-player doubles tournament, looking for their fifth Delray Beach title.

Raonic and Shapovalov play their first-round matches during a Tuesday (Feb. 20) “Canada Day” day session, and del Potro plays that night at 8. The Bryan brothers play in the Feb. 21 evening session.

Longtime tournament director Mark Baron is delighted with the field: “Adding the U.S. Open finalist is just icing on the cake for us. When you look at the quality of players on this list, it is amazing how far we’ve come.

“We will have an incredible tournament here in Delray Beach — as the saying goes, ‘if you build it, they will come.’ The stars will be plentiful, and fans should take the opportunity to come on out.”

Tickets can be purchased online at yellowtennisball.com or at the Delray Beach Open Box Office (30 NW First Ave.) or by calling 561-330-6000.

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