Wildcards Announced For Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com

Wildcards Announced For Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                JANUARY 3, 2021

 

CONTACT: Pete Holtermann

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DELRAY BEACH OPEN BY VITACOST.COM
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DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – A trio of Americans have been added to the main draw of the season-opening ATP 250 Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com as the tournament wild cards were announced Sunday.

Main draw singles wild cards have been awarded to Bjorn Fratangelo, Ryan Harrison and Noah Rubin. The wild card entrants into qualifying will be Liam Draxl and Zane Khan. Doubles wild cards have been awarded to the American duos of Nathaniel Lammons & Jackson Withrow as well as Harrison and his brother, Christian.

Fratangelo will be making his second Delray Beach Open appearance. The winner of three career Challenger titles, he was the 2011 French Open junior champion, the first American to win that title since John McEnroe in 1977.

Rubin will be looking to make at least the second round of the Delray Beach Open for the third time in as many appearances. The 2014 Wimbledon junior champion has won four career titles at Challenger events.

Harrison will be playing the Delray Beach Open for the seventh time in his career. He won his first ATP title at Memphis in 2017 and has been runner-up on three other occasions. He owns four Challenger titles.

Draxl is a 19-year-old University of Kentucky sophomore who earned his wild card by winning the “Survivor” pre-qualifying tournament in November. The Canadian ranked as high as No. 9 as a junior.

Khan is an 18-year-old who is based out of Boca Raton. In 2018 junior action, he was the runner-up at the Orange Bowl and a quarterfinalist at the Eddie Herr.

Lammons & Withrow are a pair of 27-year-old Americans. Withrow’s lone career ATP doubles title came at the 2018 Delray Beach Open when he teamed with Jack Sock.

The Harrisons will team up for the fifth time in an ATP Tour tournament. Ryan, who is older by two years, owns four career ATP doubles titles, including the 2017 French Open.

The 28-player field for the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com is headlined by three past champions – Reilly Opelka (2020), Frances Tiafoe (2018) and Sam Querrey (2017). The field also includes 2017 finalist Milos Raonic, who is projected to be the top seed, as well as four-time semifinalist and top-ranked American John Isner.

Opelka will begin his title defense on Thursday night, Jan. 7 while Tiafoe will headline the Jan. 8, Friday night session. Isner is scheduled for the Saturday night session on Jan. 9, while Raonic will play on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 10.

Originally scheduled for February, the 2021 Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com will now take place January 4-13. The ATP Champions Tour legends event, featuring past-main draw champion Tommy Haas and six-time doubles champions Bob and Mike Bryan, will begin the action Jan. 4-6. ATP 250 qualifying matches will take place Jan. 5-6. The main draw for the ATP 250 tournament, which will feature 16 doubles teams in addition to the 28-player singles field, will begin Thursday, Jan. 7 with two sessions each day until the finals are contested during a single session on Wednesday, Jan. 13.

All tickets for the “Physically Distanced, Forever Social” event at the historic downtown tennis center are on sale now at www.yellowtennisball.com or by phone at +1 561-330-6000. In order to accommodate spacious conditions in the stadium and throughout the venue, attendance for each session at the 2021 tournament will be capped at 2,000 people, just under 25 percent of the outdoor stadium’s total capacity.

Last year, Delray Beach resident Opelka served a tournament record 99 aces during the week in which he won his second career ATP Tour title. In doubles, the Bryans captured their sixth Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com title and their 119th as a team. It was the final tournament for the twin brothers who announced their retirement in August. In the opening weekend’s ATP Champions Tour matches, Team Europe, led by Haas and David Ferrer, earned a 5-2 win over the James Blake-led Team World. This marked the third straight defeat for the home nation in ATP Champions Tour competition at Delray Beach.

In an ever-changing world the tournament will maintain the highest level of health and safety standards for fans, players and staff alike. Please remain updated on our measures at https://yellowtennisball.com/faq/

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Disclaimer – Match schedule, including 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 Tour event in the same week at the same venue will be held in Delray Beach, Florida, January 4-13, 2020, 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 three-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 Providencia Award from Discover The Palm Beaches Florida 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.”

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