The Delray Beach Open, 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 ‘ATP World Tour’ event participant list.
- Team USA: James BLAKE, Brad GILBERT, Justin GIMELSTOB
- Team INTERNATIONAL: Goran IVANISEVIC, Mikael PERNFORS, Mark PHILIPPOUSSIS
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.
DELRAY BEACH: This is Brad Gilbert’s first appearance in Delray Beach in either Tour event. CAREER: Gilbert reached No. 4 in the world in 1990, won 20 ATP titles and reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon (1990) and the US Open (1987). He was the singles bronze medalist at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul and was 10-5 in Davis Cup competition. As a collegian, Gilbert represented Pepperdine in the 1982 NCAA singles finals. PERSONAL: Gilbert has coached the last two Americans who have reached No. 1 in the world —Andre Agassi (1994-2002) and Andy Roddick (2003-2004). His coaching career began in 1994 with Agassi. Roddick won his 2003 US Open title under Gilbert and Andy Murray rose to No. 8 in the world. Gilbert has served as a studio and match analyst and sideline reporter for ESPN from 2004-2006 and since 2008, and authored Winning Ugly and I’ve Got Your Back.
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.”
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.
DELRAY BEACH: The Swede has played in 2 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. Photo by CameraSport.
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.