ATP CHAMPIONS TOUR EVENT (USA VS INT’L)

ATP CHAMPIONS TOUR EVENT (USA VS INT’L)

Delray Beach Open’s ATP CHAMPIONS TOUR event (Feb. 17-19, 2017), the only ATP Champions Tour event in the U.S., consists of players who have been ranked World No. 1, a Grand Slam singles finalist or a singles player on a victorious Davis Cup team, or have received a Wildcard. Format: TEAM USA (3 participants) vs. TEAM INT’L (3 participants). 7 singles matches and 1 doubles match in total. First team to win 5 matches wins the ATP CHAMPIONS TOUR EVENT.

TEAM USA

MARDY FISH (USA)

Team USA

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DELRAY BEACH: 19-7 in eight appearances. 2009 champion. Making ATP Champions Tour debut. CAREER: Top 20 in ‘03 (No. 20) and ‘10 (No. 16). Top 10 (No. 7) in ’11, appearing in year-end ATP World Tour Finals. Won six titles and made three Grand Slam quarters over career. 7-7 in Davis Cup singles, 4-1 in doubles in 11 ties. Athens Olympics singles silver medalist. ATP’s Comeback Player of the Year for 2006 after a return from wrist surgery.  Suffered heart ailment in ‘12 forcing early retirement from ATP World Tour. PERSONAL: The former Vero Beach resident attended Boca Prep as a senior; lived with Andy Roddick. His Mardy Fish Foundation works with children’s after school programs and benefits Kids On Court. An avid golfer and lives in LA with his wife and son.

MARDY FISH (USA) – CAPTAIN

Team USA

DELRAY BEACH: 19-7 in eight appearances. 2009 champion. Making ATP Champions Tour debut. CAREER: Top 20 in ‘03 (No. 20) and ‘10 (No. 16). Top 10 (No. 7) in ’11, appearing in year-end ATP World Tour Finals. Won six titles and made three Grand Slam quarters over career. 7-7 in Davis Cup singles, 4-1 in doubles in 11 ties. Athens Olympics singles silver medalist. ATP’s Comeback Player of the Year for 2006 after a return from wrist surgery.  Suffered heart ailment in ‘12 forcing early retirement from ATP World Tour. PERSONAL: The former Vero Beach resident attended Boca Prep as a senior; lived with Andy Roddick. His Mardy Fish Foundation works with children’s after school programs and benefits Kids On Court. An avid golfer and lives in LA with his wife and son.

JAMES BLAKE (USA)

Team USA

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DELRAY BEACH: 12-7 in seven ATP World Tour events; finalist in ‘07 and ‘08. Made ATP Champions Tour debut last year in Delray Beach. CAREER: 10 titles in 24 finals. Career-high No. 4 in ‘06 winning five titles, finals at Tennis Master’s Cup, quarters at Miami and US Open. Missed most of ‘04 due to fractured neck and viral infection. Returned to Top 25 in ’05—ATP’s “Comeback Player of the Year” after reaching first Grand Slam semi at the US Open. Part of ‘07 US Davis Cup winning team. PERSONAL: Nation’s top college player at Harvard in ‘99. Won the ‘08 Arthur Ashe “Humanitarian of the Year” award. His ‘07 book “Breaking Back: How I Lost Everything and Won Back My Life” was a New York Times Best Seller.

JAMES BLAKE (USA)

Team USA

DELRAY BEACH: 12-7 in seven ATP World Tour events; finalist in ‘07 and ‘08. Made ATP Champions Tour debut last year in Delray Beach. CAREER: 10 titles in 24 finals. Career-high No. 4 in ‘06 winning five titles, finals at Tennis Master’s Cup, quarters at Miami and US Open. Missed most of ‘04 due to fractured neck and viral infection. Returned to Top 25 in ’05—ATP’s “Comeback Player of the Year” after reaching first Grand Slam semi at the US Open. Part of ‘07 US Davis Cup winning team. PERSONAL: Nation’s top college player at Harvard in ‘99. Won the ‘08 Arthur Ashe “Humanitarian of the Year” award. His ‘07 book “Breaking Back: How I Lost Everything and Won Back My Life” was a New York Times Best Seller.

VINCE SPADEA (USA)

Team USA

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DELRAY BEACH: 20-13 record in 13 appearances (most in tournament history) in ATP World Tour event. Finalist in 2004. Making ATP Champions Tour event debut. CAREER: 18-year career with more than $5 million in earnings. Reached No. 20 in world in 1999, highlighted by QF at Australian Open. Dropped in rankings to No. 237 in 2000 but reached Top 20 again in 2004 after winning Scottsdale ATP title, reaching Delray Beach final and Miami SF. Also played in 2004 Olympic Games and on Davis Cup team. PERSONAL: Restaurant owner in LA where he lives and heads talent management agency “Vince Models.”

VINCE SPADEA (USA)

Team USA

DELRAY BEACH: 20-13 record in 13 appearances (most in tournament history) in ATP World Tour event. Finalist in 2004. Making ATP Champions Tour event debut. CAREER: 18-year career with more than $5 million in earnings. Reached No. 20 in world in 1999, highlighted by QF at Australian Open. Dropped in rankings to No. 237 in 2000 but reached Top 20 again in 2004 after winning Scottsdale ATP title, reaching Delray Beach final and Miami SF. Also played in 2004 Olympic Games and on Davis Cup team. PERSONAL: Restaurant owner in LA where he lives and heads talent management agency “Vince Models.”

TEAM INTERNATIONAL

FERNANDO GONZALEZ (CHI)

Team International

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DELRAY BEACH: 1st appearance. CAREER: 11 ATP titles in 22 finals. Won more than $8.8 million on the ATP World Tour. World No. 7 in 2006 – Australian Open finalist, reached Tennis Masters Cup, 2 ATP finals. No. 10 in 2006 after reaching 3 ATP finals and No. 11 for 2005 with 3 titles and Wimbledon QF. Reached SF at Roland Garros and US Open QF in 2009. 5 overall QF Grand Slam appearances. Bronze singles medalist at 2004 Athens Olympics and gold in doubles. Beijing 2008 singles silver medalist. PERSONAL: Carried Chilean flag at Beijing Olympics in 2008. 3-time “Condar de Oro” award as country’s top sportsman (2004, 2007, 2008).

FERNANDO GONZALEZ (CHI) – CAPTAIN

Team International

DELRAY BEACH: 1st appearance. CAREER: 11 ATP titles in 22 finals. Won more than $8.8 million on the ATP World Tour. World No. 7 in 2006 – Australian Open finalist, reached Tennis Masters Cup, 2 ATP finals. No. 10 in 2006 after reaching 3 ATP finals and No. 11 for 2005 with 3 titles and Wimbledon QF. Reached SF at Roland Garros and US Open QF in 2009. 5 overall QF Grand Slam appearances. Bronze singles medalist at 2004 Athens Olympics and gold in doubles. Beijing 2008 singles silver medalist. PERSONAL: Carried Chilean flag at Beijing Olympics in 2008. 3-time “Condar de Oro” award as country’s top sportsman (2004, 2007, 2008).

SEBASTIEN GROSJEAN (FRA)

Team International

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DELRAY BEACH: In three appearances on the ATP World Tour, he reached the quarterfinals in ’98 and the semifinals in ’99. Making his debut in Delray Beach’s ATP Champions Tour event.  CAREER: Ranked No. 6 in the world in 2001 and reached the final of the year-end ATP Championships. Won four ATP titles during his career and reached four Grand Slam semifinals. In 16 Davis Cup ties, Grosjean was 16-9 in singles and the French team was 2001 Davis Cup champions . PERSONAL: No. 1 junior in the world in both singles and doubles in 1996. Has lived in Boca Raton since 1999 and his son, Tom, is a rising junior tennis player. He and fellow former ATP pro Sergi Bruguera coach Top 10 Richard Gasquet.

SEBASTIEN GROSJEAN (FRA)

Team International

DELRAY BEACH: In three appearances on the ATP World Tour, he reached the quarterfinals in ’98 and the semifinals in ’99. Making his debut in Delray Beach’s ATP Champions Tour event.  CAREER: Ranked No. 6 in the world in 2001 and reached the final of the year-end ATP Championships. Won four ATP titles during his career and reached four Grand Slam semifinals. In 16 Davis Cup ties, Grosjean was 16-9 in singles and the French team was 2001 Davis Cup champions . PERSONAL: No. 1 junior in the world in both singles and doubles in 1996. Has lived in Boca Raton since 1999 and his son, Tom, is a rising junior tennis player. He and fellow former ATP pro Sergi Bruguera coach Top 10 Richard Gasquet.

MIKAEL PERNFORS (SWE)

Team International

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DELRAY BEACH: Making 4th appearance in ATP Champions Tour event. CAREER: 1986 ATP “Newcomer of the Year” after world No. 10 ranking and reaching French Open final. Reached Australian Open QF in 1990. 3 career ATP World Tour titles. Won Master Series Canadian Open title and ATP “Comeback Player of the Year” award in 1993. Played Davis Cup for Sweden from 1986-89. PERSONAL: Won back-to-back NCAA singles titles at Georgia in ’84 and ’85. Co-owns ‘Global Caps’ business with fellow Swede Mats Wilander. Touring pro at Grand Harbor in Vero Beach where he lives with his wife and 2 children. Participates in nearly 30 charity fundraisers, corporate outings, exhibitions and tournaments every year.

MIKAEL PERNFORS (SWE)

Team International

DELRAY BEACH: Making 4th appearance in ATP Champions Tour event. CAREER: 1986 ATP “Newcomer of the Year” after world No. 10 ranking and reaching French Open final. Reached Australian Open QF in 1990. 3 career ATP World Tour titles. Won Master Series Canadian Open title and ATP “Comeback Player of the Year” award in 1993. Played Davis Cup for Sweden from 1986-89. PERSONAL: Won back-to-back NCAA singles titles at Georgia in ’84 and ’85. Co-owns ‘Global Caps’ business with fellow Swede Mats Wilander. Touring pro at Grand Harbor in Vero Beach where he lives with his wife and 2 children. Participates in nearly 30 charity fundraisers, corporate outings, exhibitions and tournaments every year.

Note: Players are subject to change due to injuries or other unforeseen circumstances.