Author: Adam Baron

 Photo Creds: Chet White, UK Athletics FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NOVEMBER 13, 2020   CONTACT: Pete Holtermann Email: pholtermann@yellowtennisball.com   MEDIA ADVISORY – NEWS COVERAGE NOV. 14-17 FIRST “SURVIVOR” TOURNAMENT FOR WILD CARD ENTRY INTO DELRAY BEACH OPEN BY VITACOST.COM TO BE HELD THIS WEEKEND Former Junior No 1 Among More Than 150 Entrants Vying for Berth In Qualifying for February’s ATP Stop in Delray Beach   WHAT: The first of two “Survivor” tournaments will feature more than 150 players vying for a wild card entry into qualifying at February’s Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com (https://yellowtennisball.com/). The competition runs Saturday through Tuesday, with the champion claiming a spot in the qualifying draw for the ATP 250 Tournament, which will take place Feb. 13-21. WHO: Three active college players are the top seeds among the 150-plus players in the field. Canadian Liam Draxl, a University of Kentucky sophomore who was ranked as high as No. 9 in the...

Bryan Brothers Painting Available at 30 Day Silent Auction for Charity Don’t miss your chance to add a one of a kind piece to your art collection. Artist and 17-year Delray Beach resident William DeBilzan painted “Bryan Brothers” live during the 2020 Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com, the Bryan Brothers’ farewell Delray Beach appearance where they eventually won their 6th Delray Beach title. Proceeds for this painting will be split 50% to “Delray Citizens for Delray Police” (assisting with the college cost for the police children) and “Delray Chamber Education Fund” (help kids with education costs) with the other 50% going to DeBilzan. There will be a silent auction that will run for 30 days. The painting is a 39x67 acrylic and oil with a retail value of $17,200. Interested parties can speak with John Rawley at the Debilzan Gallery in downtown Delray Beach at 38 E. Atlantic Ave.,...

JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO WITHDRAWS FROM DELRAY BEACH OPEN BY VITACOST.COM JANUARY 23, 2020, DELRAY BEACH, FL – Today, the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com announced that Juan Martin del Potro is withdrawing from the 2020 event. The tournament still holds three wildcards and two special exempts that will round out the 32-player ATP 250 main event. “Our positive thoughts are with Juan Martin as he continues his recovery,” said Mark Baron, Tournament Director. “We look forward to many years of seeing him play healthy tennis in Delray Beach.” Delray Beach’s complete singles acceptance list includes the following ATP Tour stars: Radu Albot (MDA), Damir Dzumhur (BIH), Kyle Edmund (GBR), Taylor Fritz (USA), Ugo Humbert (FRA), Steve Johnson (USA), Miomir Kecmanovic (SRB), Soonwoo Kwon (KOR), Nick Kyrgios (AUS), Adrian Mannarino (FRA), Mackenzie McDonald (USA), John Millman (AUS), Kei Nishikori (JPN), Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN), Reilly Opelka (USA), Tommy...

TWO-TIME DELRAY BEACH CHAMPION ERNESTS GULBIS GRANTED WILDCARD FOR 2020 DELRAY BEACH OPEN BY VITACOST.COM QUALIFYING EVENT Singles Qualifying Field Announced Including Top 100 Player Cameron Norrie JANUARY 30, 2020, DELRAY BEACH, FL – Today, the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com (https://yellowtennisball.com/) announced the singles qualifying field for their ATP 250 event and that two-time singles Champion Ernests Gulbis will be receiving a wild card into the Feb. 15-16 16 player draw. Capturing his first singles title in Delray Beach in 2010 (defeating Iv Karlovic), Gulbis (No. 256) won his second title in 2013 after advancing through the qualifying rounds and defeating James Blake, Tommy Haas and Sam Querrey en route to the finals. In addition, Gulbis has won four other ATP titles and reached a career-high ranking of No. 10 in June 2014 after defeating Roger Federer in five sets to advance to the semifinals of Roland...

Carlos Moya Tops Idol Ivan Lendl For His 5th Champions Tour Title By Steve Dorsey Carlos Moya’s professional tennis career was dealt a blow two years ago when a foot injury forced his retirement from the ATP World Tour. But Moya, who captured 20 ATP World Tour titles, has made a comeback of sorts on the ATP Champions Tour. Moya defeated eight-time Grand Slam champion Ivan Lendl, his boyhood idol, 6-4, 6-4 Tuesday night at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center to claim his fifth title since joining the ATP Champions Tour last year. “It was a strange feeling to see him across the net. I used to watch him a lot,” Moya, 35, said of Lendl, who turns 52 next week. “He played great.” Moya, who finished the 2011 Champions Tour ranked No. 1, won all four of his matches in the eight-player tournament that was part of this...

TOP TENNIS TALENTS NICK KYRGIOS AND MILOS RAONIC ADDED TO STAR-FILLED FIELD AT THE 2020 DELRAY BEACH OPEN BY VITACOST.COM James Blake Heading up Team World vs. Team Europe in ATP Champions Tour Team Play NOVEMBER 7, 2019, DELRAY BEACH, FL – Today, the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com (https://yellowtennisball.com/) announced that ATP Tour tennis sensations Nick Kyrgios and Milos Raonic have committed to the already star-studded line-up of players for their 2020 ATP 250 event, joining Juan Martin del Potro, Kei Nishikori and Bob & Mike Bryan. To accommodate the number of “All-Star” level players, the tournament is scheduling a Super Tuesday of tennis with Raonic – the 2017 singles finalist in Delray Beach – getting things underway on February 18th at 12:30 p.m. (session 7) followed by Nishikori (world no. 13) who was the 2008 Delray Beach singles champion. In a blockbuster Tuesday night starting...

(L to R) Mikael Pernfors, Jimmy Arias, Michael Chang, Ivan Lendl, Aaron Krickstein, Michele Baron, Ivan Baron, Johan Kriek Special Event Brings Players and South Florida Community Together Sponsors of the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships and their guests had an opportunity to meet and mingle with six of the eight players in this year’s ATP Champions Tour tournament during a VIP-Sponsors’ dinner reception Friday night at the tournament’s hospitality pavilion. Eight-time Grand Slam champion Ivan Lendl joined Jimmy Arias, Michael Chang, Aaron Krickstein, Johan Kriek and Mikael Pernfors during the special event that provided the guests with picture opportunities while they were treated to a buffet catered by Gourmet Expressions. A wine tasting was provided by Castle Rock Winery. Pat Cash and Carlos Moya were unable to attend because they were paired in the first match of the tournament. Following the meet-and-greet with the players, the guests were...

No. 2 Cilic Goes Down In First Tournament Back By Steve Dorsey Top-seeded John Isner turned back an inspired effort by fellow American Jesse Levine to take a straight-sets victory, but Finland’s Jarkko Nieminen upset No. 2 seed Marin Cilic of Croatia in first-round action Tuesday afternoon at the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships. Isner, ranked No. 11 in the world, registered a 6-4, 7-6(15) win against Levine, who brought a ranking of No. 133 to Delray Beach. Levine had five set points in the second set, but each time the 6-foot-10 Isner was serving. Isner clinched the match when he won his sixth match point of the set when Levine hit a backhand long. Isner now is 9-1 in tiebreakers this year. The hard-fought win moves Isner to the second round where he will face American Ryan Sweeting, who breezed to a 6-1, 6-1 win against Donald Young on...