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, Greg RUSEDSKI

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. He had fractured his neck and fought a viral infection in 2004, missing most of the season. 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, and also served on the ATP Player Council. 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 of his 34 career ATP titles, another seven were Master Series wins.  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.”

GREG RUSEDSKI (GB/CAN)

GREG RUSEDSKI (GB/CAN)…

DELRAY BEACH: He played a pair of ATP World Tour events in Delray Beach, reaching the 1995 final and the 2004 quarterfinals.  CAREER: Won 15 ATP titles in 27 finals between 1993 and 2005. He reached world No. 4 during the 1997 season and played in the Wimbledon quarterfinals and the US Open final vs Patrick Rafter. He spent 98 weeks as the No. 1 Brit and was 20-10 in Davis Cup play. The Canadian native once owned the fastest serve recorded in an ATP match (149 mph), but it was later broken by Andy Roddick. PERSONAL: Rusedski is a tennis commentator for several European TV outlets and has written columns for Britain’s tabloids.  He is Great Britain’s Junior Davis Cup captain, overseeing the development of several juniors.

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—two months shy of his 30th birthday. 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 July, 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.

 

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