22 Dec Four Former Champions Enter 2021 Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DECEMBER 22, 2020
CONTACT: Pete Holtermann
FOUR FORMER CHAMPIONS ENTER
2021 DELRAY BEACH OPEN BY VITACOST.COM
Tickets On Sale Now for January 4-13 ATP Tournament
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Four former champions – Reilly Opelka (2020), Frances Tiafoe (2018), Sam Querrey (2017) and Kei Nishikori (2008) – are among the players who have entered the season-opening Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com that will take place January 4-13.
“We look forward to welcoming this terrific field to open the 2021 season in Delray Beach,” said Tournament Director Mark Baron. “While there are plenty of very familiar faces, including these former champions, returning to Delray Beach, we’re also excited to see some new names from the next generation of ATP stars for the first time.”
The full singles field at the 2021 tournament will feature 28 singles players, 21 of whom are included on this initial entry list. An additional four players will be added through a two-round qualifier while three players will be awarded wild cards by the tournament.
Here’s an overview of the 2021 Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com field:
• Two 2020 title winners (Cristian Garin – Cordoba, Rio de Janeiro; Reilly Opelka – Delray Beach)
• Four former Delray champions (Reilly Opelka – 2020, Frances Tiafoe – 2018, Sam Querrey – 2016, Kei Nishikori – 2008)
• Two former Delray finalists (Dan Evans – 2019, Milos Raonic – 2017)
• Eight players making Delray debut (Pablo Andujar, Federico Delbonis, Cristian Garin, Hubert Hurkacz, Dominik Koepfer, Thiago Monteiro, Vasek Pospisil, Mikael Ymer)
• 15 countries represented
• Five Americans
• Eight players aged 25 or younger (Youngest are 22-year-olds Frances Tiafoe and Mikael Ymer)
• Nine players aged 30 or older (Oldest is 35-year-old John Isner)
Below are the 21 players on the initial entry list:
(ATP Rank) Name Age, Country • Mini Bio
(14) Milos Raonic 29, Canada • Owns eight titles; 2016 Wimbledon runner-up; 2017 Delray finalist
(22) Cristian Garin 24, Chile • Winner of four career titles; Making Delray debut
(25) John Isner 35, USA • Has 15 career titles; Making eighth Delray appearance, Four-time semifinalist
(32) Daniel Evans 30, Great Britain • Back-to-back seasons as British No. 1; 2019 Delray finalist
(34) Hubert Hurkacz 23, Poland • Claimed first career title in 2019; Making Delray debut
(35) Adrian Mannarino 32, France • Won first ATP title in 2019; Eighth time in Delray, 2015 semifinalist
(39) Reilly Opelka 23, USA • Two-time ATP title winner; Fourth Delray appearance, 2020 champion
(41) Kei Nishikori 30, Japan • Winner of 12 ATP titles; 2014 US Open finalist; 2008 Delray champion
(53) Sam Querrey 33, USA • Owns 10 ATP titles; 2016 Delray champion, 11th appearance
(54) Tommy Paul 23, USA • Reached one ATP semifinal, four quarterfinals; Second Delray appearance
(59) Frances Tiafoe 22, USA • 2019 Australian Open quarterfinalist; 2018 Delray champion
(60) Pablo Andujar 34, Spain • Owns four ATP and 11 Challenger titles; Making Delray debut
(61) Vasek Pospisil 30, Canada • 2020 ATP Comeback Player of the Year; Making Delray debut
(66) Dominik Koepfer 26, German • Reached 2019 US Open Round of 16; Making Delray debut
(71) Cameron Norrie 25, Great Britain • Former collegiate No. 1 at TCU; Making third Delray appearance
(82) Federico Delbonis 30, Argentina • Owns two ATP and 11 Challenger titles; Making Delray debut
(84) Thiago Monteiro 26, Brazil • Winner of five career Challenger titles; Making Delray debut
(94) Mikael Ymer 22, Sweden • Played in 2019 ATP Next Gen Finals; Making Delray debut
(95) Soonwoo Kwon 23, Korea • In 2020, reached four straight quarterfinals; 2020 Delray quarterfinalist
(100) Gianluca Mager 26, Italy • Reached first ATP final at Rio in 2020; Making Delray debut
(101) Andrej Martin 31, Slovakia • 2016 Umag, Owns 12 Challenger titles; Making Delray debut
Originally scheduled for February, the 2021 Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com will now take place January 4-13. The ATP Champions Tour legends event will begin the action Jan. 4-6. ATP 250 qualifying matches will take place Jan. 5-6. The main draw for the ATP 250 tournament, which will feature 16 doubles teams in addition to the 28-player singles field, will begin Thursday, Jan. 7 with two sessions each day until the finals are contested during a single session on Wednesday, Jan. 13.
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 (excluding Session 8), while the code BELLS will provide a 20% discount on individual reserved seats for Sessions 5-14 (excluding Session 8).
Last year, Delray Beach resident 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.
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, 2020, 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.”