08 Jan 2015 ATP World Tour Field Announced
2016 DELRAY BEACH OPEN FIELD ADDS STARS ANDERSON, KARLOVIC & TOMIC
Three Top 20 Players, Three Former Champions in Talented Field
DELRAY BEACH: Top 20 ATP stars Kevin Anderson and Bernard Tomic, along with defending champion Ivo Karlovic, highlight a list of players who have been added to the 2016 Delray Beach Open’s ATP World Tour field that was released today. The three join early signees Milos Raonic, Grigor Dimitrov and Tommy Haas in headlining the 24th annual event.
The lineup gives the event a trio of Top 20 players – Anderson (No. 12), Raonic (No. 14) and Tomic (No. 18) – and former champions – Haas (2006), Anderson (2012) and Karlovic (2015).
The 10-day event, which includes a three-day ATP Champions Tour event over President’s Day weekend, takes place February 12-21 at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center. The event is the only one in the world that includes ATP Champions Tour and ATP World Tour events at the same venue in the same week.
Karlovic (No. 23), Dimitrov (No. 28) and Jeremy Chardy (No. 30) give the field another three players ranked among the world’s Top 30, while the 37-year-old Haas will play on a wild card following a return from the fourth major surgery of his career.
In Raonic, who reached world No. 4 in 2014, the tournament has the top-ranked Canadian in the history of the sport while Anderson, a South African who has settled in the Delray Beach area and practices at its Tennis Center, has steadily moved up the ranking charts and is knocking on the Top 10 for the first time.
The 23-year-old Tomic finished 2015 with the highest ranking of his career while the 24-year-old Dimitrov will seek to replicate a 2014 season that saw him play in the Wimbledon semifinals and finish just outside of the world Top 10 at No. 11.
Four Americans are among the entries: No. 2 American and 2014 Delray Beach semifinalist Steve Johnson (No. 32), 2015 Delray Beach runner-up Donald Young (No. 48), veteran Sam Querrey (No. 59) and 23-year-old Denis Kudla (No. 69).
A pair of wild cards that are still held by tournament director Mark Baron will complete the singles draw.
The Bryan Brothers head the 16-player doubles field and will be making their ninth Delray Beach doubles appearance; the all-time top doubles duo in the world is after their fifth DBO title and have 109 career tournaments wins as they start the 2016 season.
The ATP Champions Tour six-player field features a US team of James Blake, Mardy Fish and Aaron Krickstein playing an international team of Mark Philippoussis, Sebastien Grosjean and Greg Rusedski in the three-day tournament. Fish, a former Top 10 player on the ATP World Tour and Delray Beach’s 2009 champion, retired last year from the ATP World Tour and is making his ATP Champion’s Tour debut.
All ATP Champions Tour matches are pre-scheduled between Feb. 12 and 14, with the schedule posted at http://yellowtennisball.com/schedule/.
Raonic will make his first-ever appearance in Delray Beach on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 8:00 pm while the Bryan Brothers are on the Wednesday, Feb. 17 schedule at 8:00 pm.
Tickets are available at yellowtennisball.com/tickets or can be secured from the on-site box office (30 NW 1st Avenue in Delray Beach) or over the phone (561-330-6000 ext.1).
THE 2016 DELRAY BEACH OPEN SINGLES ENTRY LIST: Kevin Anderson (RSA), Benjamin Becker (GER), Ricardas Berankis (LTU), Jeremy Chardy (FRA),Thiemo de Bakker (NED), Grigor Dimitrov (BUL), Damir Dzumhur (BIH), Marcel Granollers (ESP), Sam Groth (AUS), Tommy Haas (GER/USA), Steve Johnson (USA), Ivo Karlovic (CRO), Denis Kudla (USA), Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ), Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE), Adrian Mannarino (FRA), Illya Marchenko (UKR), John Millman (AUS), Sam Querrey (USA), Rajeev Ram (USA),Milos Raonic (CAN), Dudi Sela (ISR), Bernard Tomic (AUS), Donald Young (USA)