Juan Martin Del Potro

Marylander Tiafoe takes Delray Beach Open, is youngest American to win ATP event since 2002

Marylander Tiafoe takes Delray Beach Open, is youngest American to win ATP event since 2002

When it came time to sign up for the Delray Beach Open, Frances Tiafoe completely forgot about it.

Luckily, he received a last-minute wild- card invitation from tournament director Mark Baron. Tiafoe, of Riverdale in Prince George’s County, took full advantage of the second chance by cruising through the week and capturing the championship Sunday. He defeated Germany’s Peter Gojowczyk, 6-1, 6-4, in the final, for the first ATP Tour title of his career.

He made the decision to play in the event two weeks ago.

“As soon as the week before New York [Open], I was like, ‘I’m playing pretty good,’ ” Tiafoe said. “I was like, ‘I’d love to play...

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