19 Dec 2006 DELRAY BEACH ATP 250 CHAMP HAAS RETURNS AS “LEGEND”
DECEMBER 19, DELRAY BEACH, FL – Today, the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com (https://yellowtennisball.com/) announced that 2006 Singles Champion and former World No. 2 Tommy Haas will be returning in 2019 for their ATP Champions Tour Event and action-packed holiday weekend of legends matches. Joining Haas are ATP Champions Tour stars Tim Henman, Mikael Pernfors and Wayne Ferreira (on Team World) and Fernando Gonzalez, Jessie Levine, Jan-Michael Gambill and Jay Berger (on Team Americas).
Getting underway President’s Weekend on February 15, 2019, Team Americas will battle Team World to try and regain their title after Team World won the 2017 and 2018 events. Consisting of seven singles matches and two doubles matches in total, the first team to win five matches wins the ATP Champions Event.
“Our legends weekend gets stronger every year,” said Mark Baron, Tournament Director. “A lot of guys want to play, they like the team format and it puts a little more on the line for them. Fernando has been so strong and so well received the past couple years, now adding Tommy Haas, a former champion here, and Henman, a true gentleman and legend of the game, our fans are going to really enjoy this one.’
Making his first appearance in Delray Beach on the ATP Champions Tour, Haas (of Germany) will also make his debut as the Captain of Team World. During his career on the ATP Tour, Haas captured 15 singles titles and finished eight seasons ranked in the top ten. A familiar face to local tennis fans, Haas boasts career singles wins over Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andre Agassi defeating them at least three times each.
“Delray Beach holds wonderful memories for me having played in that stadium so many times, felt so much energy from their incredible fans and of course winning in 2006,” commented Tommy Haas, 2006 Singles Champion. “I’m honored to be returning, captaining Team World and trying to be the first player to win both an ATP Tour title and ATP Champions Tour title in Delray.”
Teaming with Haas on the defending champion Team World squad is Tim Henman of Great Britain (making his first appearance on the ATP Champions Tour in Delray Beach) who won 11 ATP Tour singles titles, four doubles titles and reached a career high singles ranking of No. 4. South African Wayne Ferreira (making his second appearance in Delray Beach), who reached a career high singles ranking of No. 6, won 15 singles titles, 11 doubles titles and an Olympic bronze medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, and Swede Mikael Pernfors (making his fourth appearance in Delray Beach on the ATP Champions Tour) who won three ATP Tour singles titles, had a career high ranking of No. 10 and won back-to-back NCAA Singles titles while at the University of Georgia, round out Team World.
Team Americas Captain, Fernando Gonzalez of Chile, will be making his third straight appearance in Delray Beach. During his career on Tour, Gonzalez won 11 ATP singles titles, was ranked as high as No. 7, played two ATP Tour year-end finals, won bronze in singles and gold in doubles at the 2004 Athens Olympics and silver in singles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Joining Gonzalez is Jesse Levine, a Canadian native, who played Delray Beach four times while on Tour and was a member of the Canadian Davis Cup Team, and Jan-Michael Gambill who is a two-time former singles champion at Delray Beach and doubles champion with Andy Roddick in 2001. During his ATP career, Gambill won three singles titles, five doubles titles, represented the U.S. twice in Davis Cup play (1998 and 200) and had a career-best ranking of No. 21.
Making his first official appearance in Delray Beach’s ATP Champions Tour Event is American Jay Berger who, in addition to winning three singles titles and reaching a career high ranking of No. 7 on the ATP Tour, represented the U.S. Davis Cup in 1988 and 1990 and later became the head coach at the University of Miami. Berger is now a National Coach for the USTA Player Development program while coaching Jack Sock (the 2016 singles champion at Delray Beach).
With the 2019 legends match-ups already scheduled, tennis fans can take advantage of the holiday discount available through January 4, 2019, with 50% off all ATP Champions Tour matches compliments of new presenting sponsor Vitacost.com. More information is available at: https://yellowtennisball.com/vitacost-com-welcomed-as-presenting-sponsor/.
Session Day Date Time & Matches
1 Fri 2/15 6:00pm Henman v Levine, NB 8:00pm Haas v Gambill
2 Sat 2/16 12:30pm Ferreira/Pernfors v Gonzalez/Berger, NB 2:30pm Henman v Gambill
3 Sat 2/16 6:00pm Ferreira v Levine, NB 8:00pm Haas v Gonzalez
4 Sun 2/17 12:30pm Ferreira/Henman v Gonzalez/Gambill, NB 3:00pm Haas v Levine
In addition to entertaining ATP Champions Tour legends matches taking place Presidents Day Weekend, the ATP 250 qualifying will be underway on Court 1 and 4 with players battling for the final four spots remaining in the main draw. Along with this, top 20 ATP stars lined-up to play the main draw will be hitting
the practice courts throughout the weekend including Kevin Anderson, Milos Raonic and the Bryan Brothers in addition to 2018 defending singles champion Frances Tiafoe and Nick Kyrgios. Around the grounds, guests can also enjoy VIP fêtes, live music, top-shelf drinking and dining, family activities, and a local art scene.
A complete schedule of all Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com match times and ticket opportunities is at YellowTennisBall.com. Tickets can be secured online or by calling 561-330-6000.
Disclaimer – Match schedule, including the 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 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.