10 Oct Choose Your Team
2015 ATP Champions Tour Event: Choose Your Team!
James Blake, Michael Chang Head American Team vs Internationals
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The Delray Beach Open announced last month that former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic would head the international group. Also on the international team are former Grand Slam finalists Mark Philippoussis and Greg Rusedski.Before retiring from the ATP World Tour in 2012, Blake was the Delray Beach singles finalist in 2007 and 2008. He reached the 2005 US Open semifinal, and the year-end Tennis Master’s Cup final in 2006 after reaching a world No. 4 ranking.Chang, the 1989 French Open champion, was a finalist at three other Grand Slams and is a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. This is his second appearance in the ATP Champions Tour event in Delray Beach.Gimelstob’s career spanned from 1996-2007 and included a pair of Grand Slam mixed doubles titles with Venus Williams in 1998 at the Australian Open and French Open. That same year, he reached the singles semifinals in Delray Beach.
In addition to heading up the ATP Champions Tour’s international team, Ivanisevic will coach US Open champion and defending Delray Beach champion Marin Cilic. Cilic, who like Ivanisevic is from Croatia, is headlining the 2015 ATP World Tour singles draw in Delray Beach.
The ATP Champions Tour’s “USA vs International” format was introduced last year in Delray Beach, with the Andy Roddick-led US team emerging as the winner.Under the format, players compete against all three players from the other team and earn a point for each win. Because all ATP Champions Tour matches are scheduled, fans can pick which matchups and players they want to watch.
The 2015 ATP Champions Tour’s three-day competition falls on President’s Day weekend with Saturday matches on Valentine’s Day. Special Valentine’s Day offers (2-for-1 tickets and Valentine’s Dinner Party) and travel packages are both available for the holiday weekend.
The ATP Champions Tour team competition outcome could come down to Sunday’s feature matches that begin at 12:00 noon pitting Chang vs Philippoussis, and the finale at 2:00 pm where Blake and Ivanisevic will slug it out.
A Fall ticket promotion (Friday, Oct. 10 – Saturday, November 15) offers 20 percent discount on individual seats, including the on-court “Best Seats in the House” and covered Veranda seats, as well as courtside box seats and reserved seating.
Friday, February 13, 8:00 pm, Michael Chang vs Goran Ivanisevic
Saturday, February 14, 12:00 noon, Justin Gimbelstob vs Mark Philippoussis
Saturday, February 14, NB 2:00 pm, Michael Chang vs Greg Rusedski
Saturday, February 14, 6:00 pm, Justin Gimbelstob vs Goran Ivanisevic
Saturday, February 14, NB 8:00 pm, James Blake vs Greg Rusedski
Sunday, February 15, 12:00 noon, Michael Chang vs Mark Philippoussis
Sunday, February 15, 12:30 pm, Justin Gimelstob vs Greg Rusedski (Ct 1)
Sunday, February 15, NB 2:00 pm, James Blake vs Goran Ivanisevic