The Delray Beach International Tennis Championships (ITC), the world’s only 10-day combined ATP Champions Tour and ATP World Tour event, is televised nationally and internationally, and hosts over 50,000 spectators and 10+ hospitality and special events. The Delray Beach ITC ‘ATP Champions Tour Event’ is the only ATP Champions Tour sanctioned event in the U.S. The event features 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). Format: a competitive, round-robin event including two groups of three players each. The winners of each group will compete in the Finals, with the runners up from each group competing for 3rd and 4th place. Click for the Delray Beach ITC ‘ATP World Tour’ participant list.
Group A: John McEnroe, Mats Wilander and Pat Cash
Group B: Carlos Moya, Mark Philippoussis and Aaron Krickstein
John is perhaps the most iconic player in tennis history and one of only a handful from his generation to have transcended his sport. As famous for his temper as for his precocious talent, McEnroe is without doubt one of tennis’ all-time greats…He took the tennis world by storm as an 18-year-old in 1977 when he made it through the qualifying tournament into the main draw at Wimbledon, losing in four sets to Jimmy Connors in the semifinals. It was the best performance by a qualifier at a Grand Slam tournament and a record performance for an amateur in the open era…During his time on the ATP World Tour, McEnroe won a total of 77 singles titles and 71 doubles titles. One of the titles in that tally was at the US Open, McEnroe’s first Grand Slam victory, and a trophy he went on to lift a further three times throughout his career…After retirement from the ATP World Tour, only his second year on the ATP Champions Tour, he won a total of 27 titles in singles and doubles, an open era record…In between playing regular tennis on the ATP Champions Tour he is working as the most respected commentator in tennis for both British and American television networks.
Mats burst onto the world tennis scene at the 1982 French Open having just turned professional. Unseeded, he upset second, fifth and fourth seeds en route to a final with third-seeded Guillermo Vilas. Winning that match in five sets, he became the youngest-ever male Grand Slam singles champion at 17 years, 9 months…Wilander won his second and third Grand Slam titles at the 1983 and 1984 Australian Opens, played on grass at Kooyong…Major No.4 came at Roland Garros in 1985…Mats rose to the World No.1 ranking in 1988, a year in which he won the Australian, French and US Opens and reached the quarterfinals of Wimbledon…Mats was a member of three Swedish Davis Cup winning teams. In the 1984 final he won a singles rubber against Jimmy Connors to help Sweden to victory over the USA…In 1985 Mats helped Sweden defend their crown, winning both a singles and doubles rubber in the final against West Germany…In 1987, Mats lifted the Davis Cup with Sweden for the final time with a clean sweep of two singles and one doubles against India. A 2-time Delray Beach participant on the ATP Champions Tour, Mats won the 3rd/4th playoff in 2010.
In 1995, at the age of 19, he earned himself the award for ATP Newcomer of the year and finished the year as the youngest player inside the Top 50…In January 1996 at the Australian Open, Mark defeated Pete Sampras in straight sets…In 1998 he reached his first career Grand Slam final at the US Open where he was beaten by compatriot Pat Rafter in four sets…In 1999, Philippoussis broke into the Top-10 for the first time…At Wimbledon in 2003 Mark advanced to the Final losing to Roger Federer. That year Mark was named ATP Comeback Player of the Year. Mark made his ATP Champions Tour debut at the Masters Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall in December 2009. He made a storming start to the 2011 season, winning the first three events of the year in Delray Beach, Zurich and Bogota
Won the French Open in 1998, reached No. 1 in the world in 1999 and helped Spain win a Davis Cup title in 2004…Won his first Tour title at age 19 and less than two years later was in the final of the Australian Open…In 1998 he reached the semifinal of the U.S. Open and was runner-up at the year-end ATP World Tour finals…Won 20 ATP titles in all…Retired in 2004…Finished on top the 2011 Champions Tour rankings in his debut season and won 6 titles…Began 2012 where he left off, taking the title in Delray Beach, Zurich and Medellin and won the last seven events he has entered…Friend of golfer Sergio Garcia and pro basketball player Pau Gasol of the Los Angeles LakersIin 2005 donated his first-place winnings from Chennai Open to tsunami relief and named Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year…Married to actress Carolina Cerezuela and they have a daughter.
After winning the junior titles at both Wimbledon and the US Open in 1982, Pat turned professional later that year and went on to win his first top-level singles title in Melbourne…His first great success came in 1983, when he became the youngest player to play in a Davis Cup final. He won the decisive singles rubber against Joakim Nyström as Australia defeated Sweden 3–2 to claim the Cup…In 1986 he helped Australia regain the Davis Cup with a 3–2 victory over Sweden, again winning the decisive singles rubber…The crowning moment of Cash’s career came at Wimbledon in 1987, when, having already beaten Mats Wilander and Jimmy Connors, Cash defeated the World No. 1, Ivan Lendl in the final. Cash celebrated the victory by climbing into the stands and up to the player’s box…Pat is one of only three players to have won both the junior and senior singles titles at Wimbledon (Stefan Edberg and Roger Federer are the other two)…A keen guitarist, Pat has jammed on stage with bands such as INXS, Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden and The Pretenders.
Youngest player ever to win a Grand Prix event at 16 years, 2 months, 13 days, when he won Tel Aviv in 1983…He broke into the top 10 on Aug. 13, 1984 and was the youngest ever to rank in the top 20 at age 16.9 years. In 1983, he improved his ATP ranking from 489 to 97 in two tournaments (Tel Aviv, US Open), becoming the youngest male player to reach the RD 16 at the Open (16 years, 1 month)… At 16, he won the U.S. National 18s titles in the Indoor, Clay, and National categories. He was the Michigan state freestyle and butterfly swimming champion at ages five and six…Named 1983 Rookie of the Year by Tennis Magazine (U.S.). He qualified for the Masters in Jan. ’85 and ’85 WCT Dallas Finals…Member of the U.S. Davis Cup team starting in 1985. Following his professional career, Krickstein started his own business specializing in custom made salt water aquariums…He has since returned to the tennis world as Director of Tennis at the St. Andrews Country Club in Boca Raton, Florida as well as competing on the ATP Champions Tour. Krickstein is uncle to Morgan Pressel, an LPGA star.