That will change during the 2017 Delray Beach Open’s eighth annual ATP Champions Tour event when the three former top Americans will form Team USA to compete against an International team made up of former Australian Open finalist Fernando Gonzalez (CHI), four-time Grand Slam semifinalist Sebastien Grosjean (FRA) and former French Open finalist Mikael Pernfors (SWE).
The 10-day Delray Beach Open is scheduled for Feb. 17 – 26, with the ATP Champions Tour event (Feb. 17-19) played over the President’s Day weekend followed by the ATP World Tour event (Feb. 20-26). The tournament is celebrating its 25th event in 2017.
For the tennis fan in your life, tickets to the Delray Beach Open are an ideal gift during the holiday season. The tournament just launched its annual Holiday ticket promotionfeaturing ALL box and reserved (sections A – J) seats at 20% off. The discount is also applicable to the tournament’s celebratory-priced $25.25 box and reserved seats for all ATP Champions Tour sessions, commemorating the event’s 25th edition.
Fans have three ways to buy the holiday promotional tickets. Most convenient is purchasing online (www.YellowTennisBall.com) with a printing feature that delivers instant gifts in the form of home-printed tickets.
Tickets can also be secured from the on-site box office (30 NW 1st Avenue in Delray Beach) or over the phone (561-330-6000 ext.1).
The holiday promotion ends January 1, 2016 at 12:00 midnight. Click Here for Tickets
All three Team USA players – Fish, Blake and Spadea – have reached a Delray Beach Open final while competing on the ATP World Tour. Fish won the 2009 title, Blake reached back-to-back finals in 2007 and 2008, and Spadea reached the 2004 final.
Fish, who also played in the 2003 Delray final, is the only top-seeded champion in DBO history. On the international side, Grosjean reached the 1999 Delray Beach Open final while Gonzalez and Pernfors never played in a Delray Beach Open while on the ATP World Tour.
Blake and Fish were Top 10 players during their ATP World Tour careers — Blake No. 4 in 2006 and No. 10 in 2008 while Fish was world No. 8 for 2011. Spadea twice reached the year-end Top 20 rankings during his career.
Gonzalez finished in the world’s Top 10 in both 2006 (No.10) and 2007 (No.7), also reached the French Open semifinals in 2009, and won Olympic bronze (Athens/2004) and silver (Beijing/2008) medals. He was a two-time US Open quarterfinalist (2002 & 2004). Grosjean was world No. 6 in 2001.
The ATP World Tour field already includes world No. 3 Milos Raonic, 2009 US Open champion and 2011 Delray Beach Open champion Juan Martin del Potro, world No. 20 and 2015 Delray Beach Open champion Ivo Karlovic, world No. 23 and No. 2 American Jack Sock, and the Bryan Brothers, the top doubles team of all-time.