30 Aug Former Top-10 Stars Teaming Up at Delray Beach ATP Champions Tour Event
AUGUST 30, 2019
FORMER TOP 10 ATP TOUR STARS TOMMY HAAS AND DAVID FERRER TEAM UP FOR ATP CHAMPIONS TOUR EVENT AT
2020 DELRAY BEACH OPEN BY VITACOST.COM
AUGUST 30, 2019, DELRAY BEACH, FL – Today, theDelray Beach Open by VITACOST.com(https://yellowtennisball.com/)announced that their2006 ATP Tour Singles Champion and former World No. 2 Tommy Haas will be returning in 2020 for theirATP Champions Tour legends event.Joining Haas inan action-packed holiday weekend of “Americas vs. World” team matches will be recently retired David Ferrer– ranked as high as No. 3 – who will be making his ATP Champions Tour debut in Delray Beach.
Getting underway President’s Day Weekend on Friday, February 14, 2020, the two international stars, part of Team World, will battle Team Americas – soon to be announced – to defend Team World’s 2019 title in a format consisting of six singles matches and two doubles matches in total. The first team to win five matches wins the ATP Champions Event. The global ATP Champions Tour stars an elite group of players who have retired from the ATP Tour where they achieved a world #1 ranking, were a Grand Slam finalist or a singles player on a Davis Cup-winning team.
“When you think of the game’s legends you typically think of players from yesteryear. Now we have guys like Tommy and David playing. Instant legends, its more fair to say,” commented Tournament Director, Mark Baron. “What a treat for the fans and the City of Delray Beach to have players like this, who would still be competing at an elite level on the Tour, choosing to defend Team World’s title in Delray Beach. I can’t wait.”
Making his second appearance in Delray Beach on the ATP Champions Tour, Haas (GER) was the 2019 Captain of Team World and led them to a 5-3 victory over Team Americas, winning all three of his singles matches. During his career on the ATP Tour, Haas captured 15 singles titles and finished eight seasons ranked in the top ten. A familiar and favorite face to tennis fans around the world, Haas boasts career singles wins over Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andre Agassi, defeating them at least three times each.
Teaming up with Haas will be former No. 3 singles player David Ferrer (ESP) who retired this year in May. Reaching the quarterfinals of Wimbledon and finals of Roland Garros in 2013, Ferrer reached five other Grand Slam semifinals and advanced to the quarterfinals or better at ten straight Grand Slam events starting with the 2012 Australian Open through the 2014 Roland Garros. Throughout his career, Ferrer finished seven seasons ranked in the top ten and was ranked in the top ten for 292 straight weeks from 2010-2016. In addition, Ferrer made seven appearances at the Nitto ATP Finals defeating Nadal en route to the finals in his 2007 debut. Ferrer owns 27 career singles titles, boasts a 28-5 Davis Cup record helping Spain win the titles in 2008, 2009 and 2011, and finished fourth in doubles at the 2012 London Olympics.
“I am really excited to be part of the ATP Champions Tour, it gives me the opportunity to play at events such as The Delray Beach Open and continue to compete against some of the best guys out there,” added David Ferrer, former world No. 3.“I am looking forward to playing in a team format as it will be a lot of fun for the spectators to watch.”
The 10-day 2020 Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com will begin with the ATP Champions Tour team-event and a Coco Gauff exhibition match over President’s Day weekend (Friday, Feb. 14 – Sunday, Feb. 16) continue with the ATP 250 singles and doubles draws starring Juan Martin del Potro, Kei Nishikori and the Bryan Brothers starting on Monday, Feb. 17 and conclude with the ATP 250 finals on Sunday, Feb. 23.
Tickets for all sessions are on sale now and start as low as $30. Whether you’re spending all 10 days at “The Beach” or a few preferred sessions, the tournament offers a perfect ticket for you.
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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 14-23 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. 2020 will be its 22ndyear in Delray Beach, and 28thoverall. The 3-day, ATP Champions Tour team-event is in its 11thyear and was the first-ever ATP Champions Tour event played on US soil. Each year the tournament 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 the ATP’s “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 63 tournaments in 30 countries, the 2019 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 2019 ATP Tour will battle for prestigious titles and ATP Rankings points at ATP Masters 1000, 500 and 250 events, as well as Grand Slams (non-ATP events). At the end of the season only the world’s top 8 qualified singles players and doubles teams will qualify to compete for the last title of the season at the Nitto ATP Finals. Held at The O2 in London, the event will officially crown the 2019 ATP Tour 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 World Tour competition and each event can invite wild card entrants of its choice. Delray Beach features a team-format for its 3-day ATP Champions Tour event.
About The City of Delray Beach:In southeast Palm Beach County, along 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. In 2017 alone the city received three awards: the “All-America City” award from the National Civic League (NCL) for literacy strides (the NCL also recognized Delray Beach in 1993 and 2001), a “Playful City USA” designation for providing 24 playgrounds for residents, and the recognition of Atlantic Avenue 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 Delray as one of the “Best Atlantic Beaches in Florida.”