DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — Top-seeded Jack Sock won a match for the first time this year Monday, beating qualifier John-Patrick Smith 6-4, 6-4 on the opening night of the Delray Beach Open.
Sock, the highest-ranked American at No. 8, is attempting to become the first player to win consecutive titles at Delray since the tournament moved from Coral Springs, Florida, in 1999.
The match was the first for Sock since he lost to Yuichi Sugita last month in the first round of the Australian Open. He also dropped a first-round match in Auckland, New Zealand.
Sock made it a first-day sweep for Americans. Donald Young beat qualifier Ramkumar Ramanathan 6-1, 6-2. Wild card Francis Tiafoe beat Matthew Ebden 6-2, 2-6, 6-2.
NEW YORK — Top-seeded Wang Qiang advanced to the quarterfinals of the Bronx Open with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Fiona Ferro on Wednesday.
The Chinese player, who will be the No. 18 seed in next week’s U.S. Open, will next face Anna Blinkova, who had to wait out a third-set rain delay before outlasting Mihaela Buzarnescu 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 in a match that lasted 2 hours, 6 minutes.
No. 10 seed Karolina Muchova also reached the quarterfinals by beating Kristie Ahn 6-3, 6-1, moving on to play Magda Linette. Linette knocked off ninth-seeded Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-1, 6-4.
MADRID — Andy Murray will play in a second-tier Challenger Tour tournament hosted by Rafael Nadal’s tennis academy.
The tournament says Murray has accepted an invitation to play.
Murray, a three-time Grand Slam champion, had hip surgery in January. He returned to the court in June playing doubles – including at Wimbledon – before moving back to singles this month. The former No. 1 lost to Richard Gasquet in Cincinnati and to Tennys Sandgren in Winston-Salem, both in the first round.
Murray has not played on the Challenger Tour since 2005. His opener at the tournament in Mallorca, Spain, will be his 35th match in the lower division.
The tournament starts on Aug. 26.