25 Nov Liam Draxl Wins “Survivor” #1 Tournament
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NOVEMBER 18, 2020
CONTACT: Pete Holtermann
MEDIA ADVISORY – NEWS COVERAGE NOV. 14-17
LIAM DRAXL WINS “SURVIVOR” #1 TOURNAMENT
University of Kentucky Tennis Star Earns Wild card into Delray Beach ATP Tourney
Delray Beach, FL—As the sun set Tuesday afternoon, Liam Draxl, the tournament’s #1 seed, chased down one last crosscourt volley and pounded one final passing shot to defeat #13 DJ Thomas (Reynoldsburg, OH) 6-3, 6-2 in the final of the first of two Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com “Survivor” events. Draxl’s physically and mentally imposing game earned the Canadian seven consecutive wins in four days and the ultimate prize, a wildcard into the Qualifying tournament at February’s Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com (https://yellowtennisball.com/). Qualifying for the ATP 250 event will take place Sat. and Sun., Feb. 13-14 on courts 1 and 4 at Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center while ATP legends battle in team competition on center court in ATP Champions Tour matches. Main draw ATP 250 matches start Mon., Feb 15 with four players from Qualifying advancing to the 28-player main event. From Newmarket, Ontario, Draxl is currently a sophomore at the University of Kentucky. In 2019 Draxl finished runner-up in doubles at Junior Wimbledon. Draxl was also ranked as high as No. 9 in the world in ITF Junior Rankings and became the first-ever Canadian to represent their country in the ITF World Tennis Tour Junior Finals in Chengdu, China.
NEXT CHANCE: The second of two “Survivor” events for a wild card into Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com qualifying is a UTR event that will be held Jan. 2-4 at the Delray Swim & Tennis Club Registration to play is online (https://app.myutr.com/events/27457) and must be completed by 9 p.m. on Dec. 30.
MAIN EVENT: In 2020, Delray Beach resident Reilly Opelka claimed his second ATP Tour trophy with a victory over Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka, serving a tournament-leading 99 aces on his way to the title, while Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan captured their 119th tour-level – and final – title as a team.
Qualifiers have a history of success at the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com. There have been three winners of the ATP Tour 250 event who first came through qualifying – Ernests Gulbis (2013), Kei Nishikori (2008) and Andrew Ilie (1998). On four other occasions, a qualifier finished as the runner-up, most recently Dan Evans in 2019.
The 10-day 2021 Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com (https://yellowtennisball.com/), will begin with an ATP Champions Tour team-event over President’s Day weekend (Feb. 12-14) starring some of the game’s favorite legends. The ATP 250 singles and doubles draws follow, starting on Monday, Feb. 15 and concluding with the ATP 250 finals on Sunday, Feb. 21.
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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 Tour event in the same week at the same venue is held in Delray Beach, Florida, February 12-21 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 3-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 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.
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.”