16 Dec Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com to Start 2021 Tennis Season
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DECEMBER 16, 2020
CONTACT: Pete Holtermann
DELRAY BEACH OPEN BY VITACOST.COM TO OPEN 2021 TENNIS SEASON
Tickets On Sale Now for January 4-13 ATP Tournament
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – The Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com will be a season-opening event on the ATP Tour following a date change moving the tournament to January 4-13.
“The City of Delray Beach along with our tournament staff worked very quickly to take advantage of this chance to play host to a season-opening event,” said Tournament Director Mark Baron. “The players are eager to get back to playing in tournaments and we are happy to provide that opportunity. We look forward to welcoming them as well as our fans to a healthy and safely produced event in a few short weeks.”
Originally scheduled for February, the 2021 Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com will feature the ATP Champions Tour legends event Jan. 4-6, which will run concurrently with the ATP 250 qualifying matches on Jan. 5-6. The main draw for the ATP 250 tournament, which will feature 28 players in singles and 16 teams in doubles, will begin Thursday, Jan. 7 with two sessions each day until the finals are contested during a single session on Wednesday, Jan. 13.
“These are unprecedented times, and I would like to thank the tournament organizers for their willingness to adapt by moving into week one of the ATP Tour calendar at such short notice,” said ATP Chairman Andrea Gaudenzi. “Providing playing opportunities for our players and ensuring our sport is delivered to fans worldwide in a safe and secure environment is our number one priority. It’s only with an entrepreneurial mindset that we can achieve our goals, and full credit goes to Mark Baron and his team for taking on this opportunity to launch the 2021 ATP Tour season. We wish them all the best for a successful week.”
All tickets for the “Physically Distanced, Forever Social” event at the historic downtown tennis center are on sale now at www.yellowtennisball.com or by phone at +1 561-330-6000. In order to accommodate spacious conditions in the stadium and throughout the venue, attendance for each session at the 2021 tournament will be capped at 2,000 people, just under 25 percent of the outdoor stadium’s total capacity.
Fans who act quickly can take advantage of a special Holiday Sale on tickets if purchasing before midnight on Dec. 31. Using the promo code CHAMPION, a discount of 30% will be applied to individual box and reserved seats for Sessions 1-4 (ATP Champions Tour matches). For discounted tickets to see the ATP 250 matches, fans can use the code JINGLE to get 10% off individual box seats for Sessions 5-14, while the code BELLS will provide a 20% discount on individual reserved seats for Sessions 5-14.
Sessions for the 2021 tournament are scheduled as follows:
Session 1: Monday, Jan. 4, 6 pm – ATP Champions Tour
Session 2: Tuesday, Jan. 5, 11 am – ATP Champions Tour and ATP 250 Qualifying
Session 3: Tuesday, Jan. 5, 6 pm – ATP Champions Tour
Session 4: Wednesday, Jan. 6, 11 am – ATP Champions Tour and ATP 250 Qualifying
Session 5: Thursday, Jan. 7, 11 am – ATP 250 Singles and Doubles First Round
Session 6: Thursday, Jan. 7, 6 pm – ATP 250 Singles First Round
Session 7: Friday, Jan. 8, 11 am – ATP 250 Singles and Doubles First Round
Session 8: Friday, Jan. 8, 6 pm – ATP 250 Singles and Doubles First Round
Session 9: Saturday, Jan. 9, 11 am – ATP 250 Singles Second Round and Doubles First Round
Session 10: Saturday, Jan. 9, 6 pm – ATP 250 Singles Second Round
Session 11: Sunday, Jan. 10, 11 am – ATP 250 Singles Second Round and Doubles Quarterfinals
Session 12: Sunday, Jan. 10, 6 pm – ATP 250 Singles Second Round
Session 13: Monday, Jan. 11, 11 am – ATP 250 Singles and Doubles Quarterfinals
Session 14: Monday, Jan. 11, 6 pm – ATP 250 Singles Quarterfinals
Session 15: Tuesday, Jan. 12, 12:30 pm – ATP 250 Singles and Doubles Semifinals
Session 16: Tuesday, Jan. 12, 6 pm – ATP 250 Singles and Doubles Semifinals
Session 17: Wednesday, Jan. 13 – 12:30 pm ATP 250 Doubles Final; 3 pm ATP 250 Singles Final
Patrons who previously purchased tickets for the February dates will be contacted by tournament staff regarding opportunities to exchange their tickets for the new dates.
Last year, Delray Beach resident Reilly Opelka served a tournament record 99 aces during the week in which he won his second career ATP Tour title. In doubles Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan captured their sixth Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com title and their 119th as a team. It was the final tournament for the twin brothers who announced their retirement in August. In the opening weekend’s ATP Champions Tour matches, Team Europe, led by Tommy Haas and David Ferrer, earned a 5-2 win over the James Blake-led Team World. This marked the third straight defeat for the home nation in ATP Champions Tour competition at Delray Beach.
Following the season-opening Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com, players will travel to Australia for the rescheduled Australian Open.
The entry lists for ATP 250 singles and doubles as well as qualifying will be released the week of Dec. 21. The ATP Champions Tour lineup and schedule will be released later this week.
While these dates mark the earliest that the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com has been held, it will not be first time the tournament has seen action in January. On three occasions, 2005-07, the tournament began in January before concluding in February. The tournament was held in May from 1993 through 1999, in March from 2000-2003, in September 2004 and has been contested in February since 2005.
In an ever-changing world the tournament will maintain the highest level of health and safety standards for fans, players and staff alike. Please remain updated on our measures at https://yellowtennisball.com/faq/
Disclaimer – Match schedule, including number of sessions, dates, times, number of matches and players scheduled are subject to change. Tickets are not eligible for refund or exchange.
About The Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com: The only tournament in the world featuring an ATP Champions Tour event and an ATP Tour event in the same week at the same venue will be held in Delray Beach, Florida, January 4-13, 2021, 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. 2021 will be its 23rd year in Delray Beach, and 29th overall. The three-day, ATP Champions Tour team-event is in its 12th year and was the first-ever ATP Champions Tour 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 Providencia Award from Discover The Palm Beaches Florida 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.
About The ATP: The ATP is the governing body of the men’s professional tennis circuits — the ATP Tour, the ATP Challenger Tour and the ATP Champions Tour. With 64 tournaments in 30 countries, the ATP Tour showcases the finest male athletes competing in the world’s most exciting venues. From Australia to Europe and the Americas to Asia, the stars of the 2020 ATP Tour will battle for prestigious titles and FedEx ATP Rankings points at ATP Masters 1000, 500 and 250 events, as well as Grand Slams (non-ATP events). The 2020 season launched in January with the inaugural ATP Cup in Australia and will culminate with only the world’s top 8 qualified singles players and doubles teams competing for the last title of the season at the Nitto ATP Finals in November. Held at The O2 in London, the event will officially crown the 2020 ATP World No. 1. For more information, please visit www.ATPTour.com.
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 3-day team-format.
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.”