15 Jan DELRAY BEACH ANNOUNCES 2015 FIELD
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DELRAY BEACH ANNOUNCES 2015 FIELD
DELRAY BEACH: The top five-ranked American tennis players are among the field of 32 players who will compete in the upcoming Delray Beach Open , as the ATP World Tour event announced its singles field on Tuesday.
Sam Querrey , Steve Johnson, Jack Sock and Donald Young have joined No. 1 American John Isner, who announced in November he would play in the 23rd annual tournament.
The 10-day event, which includes a three-day ATP Champions Tour event over President’s Day weekend, takes place February 13-22 at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center. The event is the only one of its kind in the world that includes ATP Champions Tour and ATP World Tour events at the same venue in the same week.
While Querrey is seeking to regain the form that had him ranked as high as No. 17 in 2011, Johnson is a four-time NCAA champion at USC who improved his ranking more than 100 places to world No. 37 by the end of 2014.
Sock, a 22-year-old who won the Wimbledon doubles title last July, has been tabbed as a player with the potential to lead the next generation of American players, while Donald Young, who many thought might be that generational player, is still only 26 years old.
Also in the field is veteran Ivo Karlovic, a 2010 Delray Beach finalist who is second all-time among ATP World Tour servers with more than 9,000 career aces; young up-and-coming Australian Bernard Tomic and compatriot Marinko Matosevic, a Delray Beach finalist in 2012; and 2004 Delray Beach doubles champion Radek Stepanek, who also has a pair of Grand Slam doubles titles to his credit.
That group joins an impressive list of ATP World Tour stars who signed on early to play in Delray Beach. In addition to Isner, that group includes four former Delray Beach champions: Marin Cilic (2014), Juan Martin del Potro (2011), Kevin Anderson (2012) and the doubles-playing Bryan Brothers (2009, 2010, 2014).
Cilic (2014), del Potro (2009) and the world No. 1 Bryans (2005, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014) are all former US Open champions. Cilic, the world No. 9 from Croatia, will play his opening-round match on Tuesday, Feb. 17 at 8:00 pm, with the world No. 1 Bryan Brothers beginning their quest for a fourth Delray Beach title on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 12:30 pm.
Tournament director Mark Baron still has three wild cards to exercise before the singles draw is completed.
The tournament’s ATP Champions Tour field features legends of the game and includes two-time Delray Beach ATP World Tour finalist James Blake (2007 & 2008), 1989 French Open champion Michael Chang and two-time mixed doubles (with Venus Williams) Grand Slam champion Justin Gimelstob leading an American team against the 2003 Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic-led internationals. All ATP Champions Tour matches are scheduled between February 13 and 15 and can be seen at YellowTennisBall.com/schedule.
Ivanisevic and Gimelstob will stick around for the ATP World Tour competition as they coach Cilic and Isner, respectively.
Tickets are available at YellowTennisBall.com 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 2015 Singles Entry List: Kevin Anderson (RSA), Benjamin Becker (GER), Marin Cilic (CRO), Juan Martin del Potro (ARG), Ivan Dodig (CRO), Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR), Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS), Sam Groth (AUS), John Isner (USA), Malek Jaziri (TUN), Steve Johnson (USA), Ivo Karlovic (CRO), Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ), Lukas Lacko (SVK), Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE), Adrian Mannarino (FRA), Marinko Matosevic (AUS), Sam Querrey (USA), Igor Sijsling (NED), Jack Sock (USA), Radek Stepanek (CZE), Bernard Tomic (AUS), Donald Young (USA).