29 Oct Two Wild Cards at Stake in Survivor Series Pre-Qualifying Events
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NOVEMBER 13, 2020
CONTACT: Pete Holtermann
MEDIA ADVISORY – NEWS COVERAGE NOV. 14-17
FIRST “SURVIVOR” TOURNAMENT FOR WILD CARD ENTRY INTO
DELRAY BEACH OPEN BY VITACOST.COM TO BE HELD THIS WEEKEND
Former Junior No 1 Among More Than 150 Entrants Vying for Berth In
Qualifying for February’s ATP Stop in Delray Beach
WHAT: The first of two “Survivor” tournaments will feature more than 150 players vying for a wild card entry into qualifying at February’s Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com (https://yellowtennisball.com/). The competition runs Saturday through Tuesday, with the champion claiming a spot in the qualifying draw for the ATP 250 Tournament, which will take place Feb. 13-21.
WHO: Three active college players are the top seeds among the 150-plus players in the field. Canadian Liam Draxl, a University of Kentucky sophomore who was ranked as high as No. 9 in the world as a junior, is the top seed. Second seed is Argentina’s Axel Geller, who finished 2017 as the ITF No. 1 Junior following runner-up finishes at Wimbledon and the US Open. Geller, a senior, is joined by fellow Stanford Cardinal Alexandre Rotsaert in the “Survivor” event. The third-seeded Rotsaert, a Stanford junior, is a native of Boca Raton. In all, players from 15 different nations are participating in this weekend’s tournament.
WHERE: Delray Swim & Tennis Club (2350 Jaeger Dr.) Saturday-Tuesday semifinals
Delray Beach Tennis Center (201 W. Atlantic Ave.) Saturday and Tuesday final (1:30 pm)
WHEN: SATURDAY – Nov. 14: Play begins at 7:50 a.m. at Delray Swim & Tennis Club and 2:00 pm at Delray Beach Tennis Center
SUNDAY – Nov. 15: Play begins at 7:50 a.m. at Delray Swim & Tennis Club
MONDAY – Nov. 16: Play begins at 7:50 a.m. at Delray Swim & Tennis Club
TUESDAY – Nov. 17: Semifinals at 10:00 am at Delray Swim & Tennis Club
Final at 1:30 pm at Delray Beach Tennis Center
DETAILS: The draw, schedule and results for this weekend’s event can be found here: https://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=241817#&&s=7Draws3
NEXT CHANCE: The second of two “Survivor” events for a qualifying wild card 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.”