ATP Champions Tour Players

2015 ATP CHAMPIONS TOUR PLAYERS

The Delray Beach Open by The Venetian® Las Vegas, the world’s only 10-day event consisting of an ATP CHAMPIONS TOUR event (Feb. 13 – 15, 2015) and an ATP WORLD TOUR event (Feb. 16 – 22, 2015), which 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 by The Venetian® ‘ATP World Tour’ event participant list.

  • Team USA: James BLAKE, Michael CHANG, Justin GIMELSTOB
  • Team INTERNATIONAL: Goran IVANISEVIC, Mark PHILIPPOUSSIS, Emilio SANCHEZ

JAMES BLAKE (USA)

JAMES BLAKE (USA)…

DELRAY BEACH: Delray Beach ATP World Tour runner-up in 2007 and 2008 and put together a 12-7 record in seven appearances. CAREER: Blake won 10 ATP titles in 24 finals and reached a career-high No. 4 in 2006. He also won five ATP titles that year, reached the finals of the Tennis Master’s Cup and the quarterfinals at Miami and the US Open. Blake was the 2005 ATP Comeback Player of the Year after returning to the Top 25 and reaching his first Grand Slam semifinal at the US Open. Blake was on the 2007 US team that won the Davis Cup. PERSONAL: The nation’s top collegiate player at Harvard in 1999 won the 2008 Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year award. His 2007 book “Breaking Back: How I Lost Everything and Won Back My Life” was a New York Times Best Seller.

MICHAEL CHANG (USA)

MICHAEL CHANG (USA)…

DELRAY BEACH: He’s making his third appearance in Delray Beach after playing in the 2012 ATP Champions Tour event and the 2000 ATP World Tour event.  CAREER: In 1989, Chang beat Stefan Edberg in five sets to win the French Open, becoming the youngest player (age 17) to win a Grand Slam. He was also a finalist at the 1995 French Open and 1996 Australian and US Opens, and has 34 career ATP titles. The New Jersey native was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2008. PERSONAL: Chang now coaches Kei Nishikori, the 2008 Delray Beach champion, and the first Asian to be ranked in the ATP world Top 10.  Chang also devotes himself to his Chang Family Foundation and Christian Sports League, and his golf game carries a 2 handicap.

JUSTIN GIMELSTOB (USA)

JUSTIN GIMELSTOB (USA)…

DELRAY BEACH: Gimelstob was 8-5 in five Delray Beach ATP World Tour appearances, reaching the semifinals in 1998 and the quarterfinals in 2001. CAREER: The American won back-to-back Grand Slams in 1998 with Venus Williams in mixed doubles at the Australian Open and Roland Garros. He won 13 ATP doubles titles between 1996. The New Jersey native was an NCAA champion in doubles and a singles runner-up at UCLA while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. Gimelstob won junior national championships in the 14s (1991), 16s (1993) and 18s (1995).  PERSONAL: Gimelstob is a third-term member of the ATP Board of Directors. He serves as an analyst for Tennis Channel and his company produces “ATP World Tour Uncovered.”

Goran Ivanisevic (CRO)

Goran Ivanisevic (CRO)…

DELRAY BEACH: Ivanisevic will be returning for his second straight appearance in Delray Beach. The Croat led an international team against an American team in 2014. CAREER: Ivanisevic won his first ATP title in 1990 and 11 years later, in 2001, won Wimbledon, the last of his 22 titles. Ranked No. 125 going into the fortnight, he used a tournament-record 212 aces to become the first wild card champion. He was also a three-time Wimbledon finalist, reached seven Grand Slam QFs and three semifinals. Ivanisevic finished in the year-end Top-10 five times, achieving a career-high No. 2 in 1994. PERSONAL: Carried the Croatian flag for the opening ceremonies of the Seoul, Barcelona and Atlanta Olympics. He was a five-time Croatian Athlete of the Year. He coaches 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic.

Mark Philippoussis (AUS)

Mark Philippoussis (AUS)…

DELRAY BEACH: He won the ATP Champions Tour event in 2011 and is 3-3 in two appearances. CAREER: Philippoussis is a two-time Grand Slam finalist: he was the runner-up at the US Open in 1998 and Wimbledon in 2003. The big-serving Aussie also reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals three straight years between 1998 and 2000, and won 11 career ATP titles. Philippoussis was the ATP’s Newcomer of the Year in 1996, and the ATP Comeback Player of the Year in 2003, a year in which he finished No. 9 in the rankings. He was a member of winning Australian Davis Cup teams in 1999 and 2003. PERSONAL: Philippoussis was named to People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive lists in 1998 and 2000.

Emilio Sanchez (ESP)

Emilio Sanchez (ESP)…

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.

 

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