09 Jan Delpo Makes 2019 Debut at Delray Beach
WORLD #5 ATP PLAYER JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO TO MAKE 2019 SEASON DEBUT AT DELRAY BEACH
Juan Martin del Potro Making Third Consecutive Appearance in Delray Beach, is the 2009 US Open Champion and 2011 Champion in Delray Beach
JANUARY 9, DELRAY BEACH, FL – Today, the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com (https://yellowtennisball.com/) announced that No. 5 ATP Tour ranked Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina has committed to playing and making his 2019 season debut in Delray Beach.
Making his fifth appearance and starting his season for the third consecutive year in Delray Beach this year, del Potro also won the 2011 singles title. Playing his first round match Tuesday, February 19th, at 8:00 p.m., del Potro will follow 2018 Singles Champion Frances Tiafoe taking the court at 6 p.m. in a blockbuster night of play.
“I have great memories of Delray Beach and the fans, from winning the title in 2011 to starting my comeback here in 2016,” said Juan Martin del Potro. “This city will always be a special place for me.”
Reaching a career-high singles ranking of No. 3 in 2018, del Potro was the US Open singles finalist (falling to ATP Tour No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the final), qualified for the Nitto ATP Finals for the fifth time and won his first ATP Masters 1000 title in Indian Wells defeating Roger Federer in the final.
To date, del Potro has captured 22 ATP Singles Titles including the 2009 US Open and boasts the most wins (10) over No. 1 ranked singles players including Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer which is the most by any player who has not been ranked No. 1. In 2016, del Potro led Argentina to their first Davis Cup Title and won the silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics and bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics.
“We’ve been fortunate to forge a special relationship with Delpo (Juan Martin del Potro),” commented tournament Director, Mark Baron. “He enjoys the laid-back vibes of Delray Beach and is treated like family. He is family to all of us. We look forward to him launching another successful year starting here in Delray Beach.”
Joining an already star-filled line-up, del Potro tops a field that includes ATP Tour No. 6 ranked Kevin Anderson and No. 17 Milos Raonic, both scheduled to play Tuesday, February 19th, during the day session. And with ATP sensation Nick Kyrgios and Tiafoe also in the mix, the Delray Beach singles title will be heavily contested. In the doubles action, the Greatest Doubles of All-Time Bob and Mike Bryan will play their opening match Wednesday night, February 20th.
Legends lined up to play the tournament’s opening weekend ATP Champions Tour event include Tommy Haas, Tim Henman, Mikael Pernfors and Wayne Ferreira on Team World and Fernando Gonzalez, Jessie Levine, Jan-Michael Gambill and Jay Berger on Team Americas.
The 10-day 2019 Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com will begin Presidents’ Day weekend (Friday, Feb. 15 – Sunday, Feb. 17) with the ATP Champions Tour legends team-event and ATP 250 qualifying tournament, continuing with the ATP 250 singles and doubles main draws starting on Monday, Feb. 18 and concluding with the finals on Sunday, Feb. 24.
A complete schedule of all Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com match times and ticket opportunities is posted at YellowTennisBall.com. Tickets can be secured online or by calling 561-330-6000.
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About The Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com: The only tournament in the world featuring an ATP Champions Tour event and an ATP 250 event in the same week at the same venue is held in Delray Beach, Florida, February 15-24 at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center. The ATP Tour’s first North American hard court event of the outdoor season is one of just 10 ATP Tour events in the United States. 2019 will be its 21st year in Delray Beach, and 27th overall. The 3-day, ATP Champions Tour legends team-event is in its 10th year and was the first-ever event played on US soil. Each year the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com brings world-class tennis players and thousands of visitors to Delray Beach and Palm Beach County. In 2010, the tournament received the Discover The Palm Beaches Florida’s annual Providencia Award for its extraordinary contribution to tourism. The City of Delray Beach was also a finalist for the USTA’s “Best Tennis Town” Award and in 2003, the tournament was the recipient of an “ATP Award of Excellence.” For more information please visit www.YellowTennisBall.com.
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About the ATP Champions Tour: The ATP Champions Tour brings together many of the greatest tennis players in history for nostalgic, competitive and entertaining tournaments around the world. Players are either formerly ranked No. 1 in the world in singles, a Grand Slam singles champion or finalist, or a singles player on a winning Davis Cup team. Players must be retired from ATP Tour competition and each event can invite wild card entrants of its choice. The Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com features a team-format for its 3-day ATP Champions Tour legends event. For more information, please visit www.ATPChampionsTour.com.
About The City of Delray Beach: In the southeast corner of Palm Beach County on the Atlantic seashore, a Village by the Sea that began as an agricultural community in 1895 has become one of Florida’s most popular destinations for visitors, new families and seasonal residents. The City of Delray Beach encompasses slightly over 16 square miles with a permanent population of nearly 65,000 and growing. The City’s charm continues to garner national awards, including three in 2017: an “All-America City” award from the National Civic League for literacy strides (the city was also recognized in 1993 and 2001), a “Playful City USA” designation for providing 24 playgrounds for residents, and the recognition of Atlantic Ave as one of the “10 Great American Shopping Streets” by USA Today. In 2012 during the nationally televised “Best of the Road” special, Delray Beach was chosen by Rand McNally, USA Today and the Travel Channel as the “Most Fun Small Town” in America. In 2014, USA Today named it as one of the “Best Atlantic Beaches in Florida.” For more information, please visit www.MyDelrayBeach.com.