The Delray Beach Open by The Venetian® Las Vegas, the world’s only 10-day event consisting of the all-new ATP CHAMPIONS CUP (Feb. 14 – 16, 2014) and an ATP WORLD TOUR event (Feb. 17 – 23, 2014), which is televised nationally and internationally, and hosts over 50,000 spectators and 10+ hospitality and special events.
The ATP CHAMPIONS CUP is the only ATP Champions Tour sanctioned event in the U.S., and 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: TEAM USA (3 participants) vs. TEAM INT’L (3 participants) • 9 singles matches in total, first team to win 5 singles matches wins the ATP CHAMPIONS CUP.
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TEAM USA: Andy Roddick, Aaron Krickstein, Jan-Michael Gambill
TEAM INT’L: Goran Ivanisevic, Mats Wilander, Mikael Pernfors
DELRAY BEACH: Roddick made his ATP professional debut in 2000 in Delray Beach on a wild card and in five Delray Beach appearances, reached the final in 2002. CAREER: He won the US Open and finished at No. 1 in 2003, and then went on to rank in the Top 10 between 2002 and 2010. The Boca Raton resident’s career singles record was 612-213, and he led the US team to the 2007 Davis Cup title. He owns the fastest serve in ATP history (155 mph). PERSONAL: Received the 2004 Arthur Ashe Humanitarian, raising more than $10 million through the Andy Roddick Foundation. A Fox Sports Live panelist, Andy is married to swimsuit model and actress Brooklyn Decker.
DELRAY BEACH: This is Ivanisevic’s first appearance in Delray Beach. CAREER: The Croat won his first ATP World Tour title in 1990 and 11 years later won the last of his 22 titles and his only Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in 2001. He was ranked in the year-end Top 10 five times, achieving a career-high No. 2 (July 4, 1994). PERSONAL: Carried the Croatian flag for the Opening Ceremonies of the Seoul Olympics, Barcelona Olympics, and in the Atlanta Olympics. He is a die-hard fan of the English football team West Bromwich Albion. He appeared on a Croatian reality TV show in which he exchanged jobs with a street cleaner.
DELRAY BEACH: Wilander has played in Delray Beach for three of the last four years and has a 6-4 record. CAREER: In 1988, Wilander won three Grand Slams, reached the Wimbledon quarterfinal and ended the year at No. 1. He is one of only five men to win Grand Slams on every surface. At age 17, Wilander won his first Grand Slam at the French Open as an unseeded player. In addition to his seven singles titles, Wilander won a Wimbledon doubles title. PERSONAL: These days he spends much of his time on the road with his Wilander on Wheels (WOW) Fantasy tennis camps. The Hailey, Idaho resident also continues to serve as a television analyst for Eurosport and owns a single digit golf handicap.
DELRAY BEACH: Provided thrilling tennis for Delray Beach fans during a three-year run between 2001 and 2003, when he won two titles as an ATP World Tour player. Gambill won both the singles and doubles titles in 2001, and also reached Delray Beach’s 2002 semifinals and the 2000 quarterfinals. CAREER: Finished his ATP career with singles and doubles titles, and his year-end best singles showing was a No. 21 ranking in 2001, the same year he reached the Master Series final in Miami and the quarterfinals at Wimbledon. He was the youngest American in the Top 100. PERSONAL: Known as a consummate animal lover and donates his time and money for the upkeep of endangered cats, including lions, tigers and jaguars.
DELRAY BEACH: The Swede has played in two previous ATP Champions Tour events in Delray Beach. CAREER: The Vero Beach resident made a name for himself on the ATP World Tour, reaching the 1986 French Open final, the same year he was ATP “Newcomer of the Year.” He won back-to-back NCAA singles titles while at the University of Georgia. PERSONAL: One of several former ATP players with a single-digit golf handicap. Pernfors founded Global Caps, Inc in 1994 along with fellow Swedish professional athletes Mats Wilander and Jesper Parnevik.
DELRAY BEACH: Boca Raton resident Aaron Krickstein is the only ATP Champions Tour player in the event’s four-year history who has played in every tournament. CAREER: Krickstein still owns two ATP World Tour records; the Boca Raton resident was the youngest player to win an ATP event (age 16) and the youngest in the Top 10 (age 17). Krickstein reached a career-high of No. 6 in 1990. PERSONAL: Krickstein, whose niece Morgan Pressel plays on the LPGA Tour, has been the director of tennis at St. Andrews Country Club in Boca for more than a decade.