Tennis

Canada's Raonic, Pospisil skip season-opening Delray Beach Open

Canadians Milos Raonic and Vasek Pospisil have pulled out of the season-opening Delray Beach Open, an ATP Tour 250 hard-court event that opens Thursday in Florida.

Florida tourney moved from spring date as part of rejigged schedule during pandemic

Canada's Milos Raonic, left, and Vasek Pospisil, right, will not compete at this week's season-opening Delray Beach Open in Florida. Raonic is ranked 14th in the world while Pospisil was named the ATP Tour's 2020 comeback player of the year. (Getty Images/File)

Canadians Milos Raonic and Vasek Pospisil have pulled out of the season-opening Delray Beach Open.

The ATP Tour 250 hard-court event opens Thursday in Florida.

The Delray Beach tournament, which debuted in 1993, was moved up from its normal spring date this year as part of a rejigged ATP Tour schedule during the pandemic.

After the Delray Beach event and a tournament in Turkey at the same time, the tour goes on hold until the end of the month when it begins its Australian swing ahead of the Australian Open – the season's first Grand Slam.

Pospisil, from Vancouver, was named the tour's comeback player of the year last month. He reached two tournament finals in 2020 after undergoing back surgery in 2019.

Ranked 150th last year, Pospisil has climbed to No. 61. A former world No. 25, Pospisil was sidelined for much of 2019.

Raonic, from Thornhill, Ont., also was a finalist for the comeback award. He is ranked 14th in the world.

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