There may be less of a crowd at the Delray Beach Open this week, with only 2,000 fans allowed to attend the event, but there is no shortage of talent on the court.
Florida State graduate Aziz Dougaz opened up play Tuesday against Victor Galovic in the qualifiers. The 23-year-old fell in straight sets (6-4, 6-3) to Galovic in his first trip to the Delray Beach Open.
Dougaz was the ACC player of the Week in 2017 and earned All-ACC first team honors in 2017 and 2018 at Florida State.
"When I was at FSU I knew I was going to turn pro so I was following the pro tour and I knew about this tournament," Dougaz said. "So I always told my coaching staff, any tournament, any ATP event in Florida I would be playing it for sure because I feel like I spent so many years here, I just love being in Florida."
The Delray Beach Tennis Center usually hosts 8,000 fans but limited fan access this year because of COVID-19 health and safety protocols.
"A lot of my good friends live in South Florida but couldn't come to watch, but I think the tournament did an unbelievable job organizing this event," Dougaz said.
The ATP 250 Event begins Jan. 7.