The 2021 season of the ATP Tour gets underway on Thursday, January 7th with two hardcourt 250 events, one in the US and the second in Antalya, Turkey
Cristian Garin of Chile takes the top seeded spot in the draw for the Delray Beach where he will try to win his fifth ATP title.
The Chilean, world ranked 22, is joined by American John Isner, ranked 25, as the 28-player field set in motion a revamped schedule which has been seriously affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. It will also be the only tournament played in the US until the Miami Open in March.
The field originally included Andy Murray, Milos Raonic, Kei Nishikori and last year’s champion Reilly Opelka, but all have withdrawn in order to safeguard themselves from possible exposure to the virus prior to the Australian Open.
Garin, 24, gets a bye into the second round and will face either a qualifier or Argentina’s Tomas Martin Etcheverry.
Others with first-round byes include second-seeded Isner, French third seed Adrian Mannarino and Polish fourth seed Hubert Hurkacz.
Isner, 35, winner of 15 ATP titles of which 13 were earned on US soil, has never lifted the trophy at Delray Beach.
Meanwhile in Antalaya, top-tenner Matteo Berrettini, the top seed, is chasing his fourth ATP title but will have to overcome some strong opposition to achieve that goal.
Also seeded in his half of the draw are the Kazakh Alexander Bublik at eight, Italy’s Fabio Fognini (3) and Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff (5) are also in Berrettini’s half of the draw.
David Goffin, has an equally tricky run if, as second favourite, he is to fulfill his seeded position.
He plays his friend and doubles partner Pierre-Hugues Herbert, Aussie No. 1 Alex de Minaur, the big-hitting Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili, plus Miomir Kecmanovic and Emil Ruusuvuori.