ATP Champions Tour Players

2017 ATP CHAMPIONS TOUR PLAYERS

The Delray Beach Open, the world’s only 10-day event consisting of an ATP CHAMPIONS TOUR event (Feb. 17-19, 2017) and an ATP WORLD TOUR event (Feb. 20-26, 2017), 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 of 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 – 7 singles matches and 1 doubles match in total; first team to win 5 matches wins the ATP CHAMPIONS TOUR EVENT (tiebreaker based on largest amount of games won). 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, Vince SPADEA
  • Team INTERNATIONAL: Fernando GONZALEZ (CHI), Sebastien GROSJEAN (FRA), Mikael PERNFORS (SWE)

Fernando Gonzalez (CHI)

Fernando Gonzalez (CHI)…

DELRAY BEACH: 1st appearance. CAREER: 11 ATP titles in 22 finals. Won more than $8.8 million on the ATP World Tour. World No. 7 in 2006 – Australian Open finalist, reached Tennis Masters Cup, 2 ATP finals. No. 10 in 2006 after reaching 3 ATP finals and No. 11 for 2005 with 3 titles and Wimbledon QF. Reached SF at Roland Garros and US Open QF in 2009. 5 overall QF Grand Slam appearances. Bronze singles medalist at 2004 Athens Olympics and gold in doubles. Beijing 2008 singles silver medalist. PERSONAL: Carried Chilean flag at Beijing Olympics in 2008. 3-time “Condar de Oro” award as country’s top sportsman (2004, 2007, 2008).

Mardy Fish (USA)

Mardy Fish (USA)…

DELRAY BEACH: 19-7 in 8 appearances. 2009 champion – only top seed in Delray Beach history to win title. Finalist in 2003. CAREER: Top 10 (No. 7) in ’11, appearing in year-end ATP World Tour Finals and Top 20 in 2003 (No. 20) and 2010 (No.16). Won 6 ATP titles and reached 3 Grand Slam QF. 7-7 in Davis Cup singles in 11 ties. Athens Olympics singles silver medalist. 2006 ATP “Comeback Player of the Year” after return from wrist surgery. Heart arrhythmia in 2012 forced early retirement. PERSONAL: Attended Boca Prep as a high school senior and lived with Andy Roddick family. Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation works with “Kids on Court” after-school programs. Won a 2016 Celebrity golf title and finished 2nd in another.

James Blake (USA)

James Blake (USA)…

DELRAY BEACH: 12-7 in 7 ATP World Tour events. Finalist in ‘07 and ‘08. Playing in 3rd straight ATP Champions Tour event CAREER: 10 titles in 24 finals. Career-high year-end ranking No. 4 came in 2006 after 5 titles, finalist at Tennis Master’s Cup, QF at US Open. Missed most of ‘04 due to fractured neck and viral infection. ATP’s “Comeback Player of the Year” in 2005 after return to Top 25 and first Grand Slam semi at the US Open. Member of 2007 US Davis Cup champion team. PERSONAL: Won the 2008 Arthur Ashe “Humanitarian of the Year” award. His book “Breaking Back: How I Lost Everything and Won Back My Life” was a New York Times Best Seller. Ran 2015 NY Marathon and raised more than $100,000.

Vince Spadea (USA)

Vince Spadea (USA)…

DELRAY BEACH: 20-13 record in 13 appearances (most in tournament history) in ATP World Tour event. Finalist in 2004. Making ATP Champions Tour event debut. CAREER: 18-year career with more than $5 million in earnings. Reached No. 20 in world in 1999, highlighted by QF at Australian Open. Dropped in rankings to No. 237 in 2000 but reached Top 20 again in 2004 after winning Scottsdale ATP title, reaching Delray Beach final and Miami SF. Also played in 2004 Olympic Games and on Davis Cup team. PERSONAL: Restaurant owner in LA where he lives and heads talent management agency “Vince Models.”

Sebastien Grosjean (FRA)

Sebastien Grosjean (FRA)…

DELRAY BEACH: 3 appearances while on ATP World Tour. Reached the QF in 1998 and SF in 1999. Playing in 2nd straight ATP Champions Tour event.  CAREER: Ranked No. 6 in the world in 2001 after winning Masters Series Paris and reaching the final of Tennis Masters Cup. World No. 10 in 2003. 4 ATP titles in career and reached 5 Grand Slam QFs and 4 SFs, including back-to-back at Wimbledon in ’03 and ’04. 16-9 in singles in 16 Davis Cup ties, including 2001 Davis Cup championship. PERSONAL: 1996 No. 1 junior in the world in both singles and doubles. Resides in Boca Raton with wife and 3 children. Son Tom is a rising junior tennis player. Coaches former Top 10 Richard Gasquet.

Mikael Pernfors (SWE)

Mikael Pernfors (SWE)…

DELRAY BEACH: Making 4th appearance in ATP Champions Tour event. CAREER: 1986 ATP “Newcomer of the Year” after world No. 10 ranking and reaching French Open final. Reached Australian Open QF in 1990. 3 career ATP World Tour titles. Won Master Series Canadian Open title and ATP “Comeback Player of the Year” award in 1993. Played Davis Cup for Sweden from 1986-89. PERSONAL: Won back-to-back NCAA singles titles at Georgia in ’84 and ’85. Co-owns ‘Global Caps’ business with fellow Swede Mats Wilander. Touring pro at Grand Harbor in Vero Beach where he lives with his wife and 2 children. Participates in nearly 30 charity fundraisers, corporate outings, exhibitions and tournaments every year.

 

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