16 Feb Team Europe Battles Back For Win
Five Straight Wins Spur European Victory
By STEVE DORSEY
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Tommy Haas hoisted the singles championship trophy 14 years ago at the ATP Tour’s Delray Beach Open. Sunday afternoon, the 41-year-old native of Germany was presented another championship trophy on the Stadium Court at the Delray Beach Tennis Center.
Haas put the finishing touches on a Team Europe victory Sunday with a 6-3 one-set win against American James Blake in the final match of the ATP Champions Tour event. Haas completed an impressive comeback by Team Europe, which lost the first two matches against Blake’s Team World contingent before winning the next five matches to claim the team title 5-2.
Haas, the Team Europe captain who also was on the winning team at last year’s competition here, won two of his three singles matches.
“I always love coming here to Florida this time of year,” said Haas, who retired from ATP Tour competition in 2018. “You don’t take it too seriously any more, but James and I have had some great battles. It was a lot of fun.”
Team Europe clinched the team title earlier in the afternoon when Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus and David Ferrer of Spain defeated Canadian Jesse Levine and American Vince Spadea 6-0, 6-7(6), 10-3 in doubles. Levine handed Haas his only loss of the weekend in the opening match of the three-day competition Friday night.