The Delray Beach Open, the world’s only 10-day event consisting of an ATP CHAMPIONS TOUR event (Feb. 12 – 14, 2016) and an ATP WORLD TOUR event (Feb. 15 – 21, 2016), is televised nationally and internationally, and hosts over 50,000 spectators and 10+ hospitality and special events.
The ATP CHAMPIONS TOUR event is the only ATP Champions Tour sanctioned event in the U.S. and consists players that have been ranked World No. 1, a Grand Slam singles finalist, or a singles player in a victorious Davis Cup team (plus one-two Wildcards). TEAM USA (3 participants) vs. TEAM INT’L (3 participants) format • 9 singles matches in total, first team to win 5 singles matches wins the ATP CHAMPIONS TOUR EVENT. Note: Players are subject to change due to injuries or other unforeseen circumstances. *Click for the Delray Beach Open ‘ATP World Tour’ event participant list.
- Team USA: Mardy FISH, James BLAKE, Aaron KRICKSTEIN
- Team INTERNATIONAL: Wayne FERREIRA (RSA), Sebastien GROSJEAN (FRA), Emilio SANCHEZ (ESP)
DELRAY BEACH: 19-7 in eight appearances. 2009 champion. Making ATP Champions Tour debut. CAREER: Top 20 in ‘03 (No. 20) and ‘10 (No. 16). Top 10 (No. 7) in ’11, appearing in year-end ATP World Tour Finals. Won six titles and made three Grand Slam quarters over career. 7-7 in Davis Cup singles, 4-1 in doubles in 11 ties. Athens Olympics singles silver medalist. ATP’s Comeback Player of the Year for 2006 after a return from wrist surgery. Suffered heart ailment in ‘12 forcing early retirement from ATP World Tour. PERSONAL: The former Vero Beach resident attended Boca Prep as a senior; lived with Andy Roddick. His Mardy Fish Foundation works with children’s after school programs and benefits Kids On Court. An avid golfer and lives in LA with his wife and son.
DELRAY BEACH: 12-7 in seven ATP World Tour events; finalist in ‘07 and ‘08. Made ATP Champions Tour debut last year in Delray Beach. CAREER: 10 titles in 24 finals. Career-high No. 4 in ‘06 winning five titles, finals at Tennis Master’s Cup, quarters at Miami and US Open. Missed most of ‘04 due to fractured neck and viral infection. Returned to Top 25 in ’05—ATP’s “Comeback Player of the Year” after reaching first Grand Slam semi at the US Open. Part of ‘07 US Davis Cup winning team. PERSONAL: Nation’s top college player at Harvard in ‘99. Won the ‘08 Arthur Ashe “Humanitarian of the Year” award. His ‘07 book “Breaking Back: How I Lost Everything and Won Back My Life” was a New York Times Best Seller.
DELRAY BEACH: Played in four of five ATP Champions Tour events in Delray Beach with a 7-6 record. Reached 2011 final against Mark Philippoussis. CAREER: Owns two ATP World Tour records; youngest player to win an ATP event (age 16) and youngest in the Top 10 (age 17). Reached career-high of No. 6 in February 1990. Won nine titles in his career. Owned a five-set record of 28-9. Member of six Davis Cup teams including 1990 championship team. PERSONAL: A Michigan native. Won 12 U.S. titles as a junior. Niece Morgan Pressel plays on LPGA Tour. Has been the director of tennis at St. Andrews Country Club in Boca Raton, FL for more than a decade.
DELRAY BEACH: In three appearances on the ATP World Tour, he reached the quarterfinals in ’98 and the semifinals in ’99. Making his debut in Delray Beach’s ATP Champions Tour event. CAREER: Ranked No. 6 in the world in 2001 and reached the final of the year-end ATP Championships. Won four ATP titles during his career and reached four Grand Slam semifinals. In 16 Davis Cup ties, Grosjean was 16-9 in singles and the French team was 2001 Davis Cup champions . PERSONAL: No. 1 junior in the world in both singles and doubles in 1996. Has lived in Boca Raton since 1999 and his son, Tom, is a rising junior tennis player. He and fellow former ATP pro Sergi Bruguera coach Top 10 Richard Gasquet.
DELRAY BEACH: This is Ferreira’s first appearance in Delray Beach. CAREER: The South African was Top 10 in both 1995 & 1996, won 15 career singles ATP titles and reached a career-high No. 6. He is second on the all-time consecutive Grand Slams list, playing in 56 events from 1991 to 2004 and reaching the Australian Open semifinal twice (1992 & 2003). He also won the silver medal at the ’92 Barcelona Olympics. PERSONAL: The Lafayette, CA resident is the president of EcoloBlue Life & Energy Company, which has offices in Miami. When he and doubles partner Piet Norval received their Olympic medals in 1992, they were the first two South Africans to accept medals in 32 years following the country’s IOC re-instatement
DELRAY BEACH: Sanchez played twice in Delray, reaching the doubles final with Sergio Casal in 1995. CAREER: Among the Spaniard’s 50 career ATP doubles titles are 3 Grand Slam wins and 2 mixed doubles titles. Sanchez also won the 1988 Olympic silver medal and reached doubles world No. 1 in 1989. Sanchez earned 15 ATP World Tour singles titles and reached No. 7 in the world in 1990. He played Davis Cup for more than 10 years and captained Spain’s 2008 team to the world title. After retiring from the Tour, he coached sister Arantxa to a French Open title and an Australian Open finals appearance. In 1999 he opened his first tennis academy and today his Academies Sanchez-Casal in Barcelona and Naples, Florida are among the most prestigious in the world, working with many current and past ATP and WTA pros.