14 Dec ATP CHAMPIONS TOUR EVENT CHANGES FORMAT: 20% OFF BOX AND RESERVED SEATS
[frame align=”left”][/frame]The Delray Beach Open has made changes to the structure of its five-year-old ATP Champions Tour event, adopting a format similar to Davis Cup competition.
Featuring former world No. 1 Andy Roddick among a field of six players, the event will be held February 14 – 16 at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center.
Under the new format, all ATP Champions Tour matches will pit an American against an international player, with all matches pre-scheduled. The team that wins the best of the nine matches will hoist the inaugural team trophy.
Here is the lineup for the 2014 ATP Champions Tour Event:
Team USA: Andy Roddick, Aaron Krickstein, Jan-Michael Gambill
Team INT’L: Goran Ivanisevic, Mikael Pernfors, Mats Wilander
“Because all ATP Champions Tour matches are now scheduled, fans can pick which matchups and players they want to see,” said tournament director Mark Baron. “The highlight will be our ‘Super Sunday’ session when all six players will be in action. Every match counts and national pride is on the line.”
The Delray Beach Open by The Venetian is the only event in the world to host both an ATP Champions Tour event and an ATP World Tour event at the same venue the same week.
“The ATP Champions Tour is excited about the new format developed by the Delray Beach Open,” said Jan Felgate, CEO of the ATP Champions Tour. “It will bring a new dimension to the tournament and all the players love team competition. We can’t wait for the event to start in February.”
A grand finale on Sunday (Feb. 16) at 3:00 pm between 2003 US Open champion Roddick and 2001 Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic of Croatia will mark the culmination of the ATP Champions Tour event.
Roddick will be playing in his first ATP Champions Tour event, returning to the site where he played his first ATP professional match as an 18-year-old. The former Boca Raton resident will meet eight-time Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander of Sweden in his first match at 8:30 pm on the tournament’s Opening Night (Friday, Feb. 14) and on Saturday (Feb. 15) the American will play Swede Mikael Pernfors, the 1986 French Open finalist.
The 2014 ATP Champions Tour event will also mark the return of two-time Delray Beach singles champion (2001 & 2003) Jan-Michael Gambill. One of the most successful players in the history of the Delray Beach Open by The Venetian, Gambill also won the 2001 doubles title with Roddick. Former world-ranked No. 6 and current Boca Raton resident Aaron Krickstein, who has played in every ATP Champions Tour event in Delray Beach, rounds out the American trio.
The ATP World Tour event (Feb. 17-23) has already announced the highest-ranked draw in its history. The field includes two-time Delray Beach semifinalist John Isner; former Delray Beach champions Lleyton Hewitt (1999), Tommy Haas (2006), Kei Nishikori (2008) and Kevin Anderson (2012); Delray Beach finalist Janko Tipsarevic (2012); and former Top 10 players Marin Cilic and Marco Baghdatis. The world No.1 Bryan Brothers highlight the doubles field.
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DECEMBER HOLIDAY PROMO OFFER: 20% OFF BOX AND RESERVED SEATS
[note color=”#6dcce1″][frame align=”left”][/frame]Need a great deal on stocking stuffers? Look no further than a pair of promotions that will “net” your special someone a unique gift this holiday – tickets to the 2014 Delray Beach Open .
Stocking Stuffer #1: All individual box and reserved seats for the annual ATP event are discounted by 20%. Promo Code: HOLI
Stocking Stuffer #2: “Anytime Vouchers” are being offered for box seats ($70) and reserved seats ($48) and can be redeemed during tournament week for the session of choice.
Both promotions can be secured by calling the Delray Beach box office at 561-330-6000. Holiday discounted tickets can also be ordered and printed at home through the www.YellowTennisBall.com website using the Promo Code HOLI while “Anytime Vouchers” can be purchased online at www.YellowTennisBall.com. Offers expire December 31.[/note]