The Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com announced Wednesday that 2006 singles champion and former World No. 2 Tommy Haas will be returning in 2019 for the ATP Champions Tour Event and action-packed holiday weekend of legends’ matches. Joining Haas are ATP Champions Tour stars Tim Henman, Mikael Pernfors and Wayne Ferreira (on Team World) and Fernando Gonzalez, Jessie Levine, Jan-Michael Gambill and Jay Berger (on Team Americas).
Getting underway President’s Weekend on 15 February 2019, Team Americas will battle Team World to try and regain its title after Team World won the 2017 and 2018 events. Consisting of six singles matches and two doubles matches, the first team to win five matches wins the ATP Champions Tour event.
“Our legends’ weekend gets stronger every year,” said Mark Baron, Tournament Director. “A lot of guys want to play, they like the team format and it puts a little more on the line for them. Fernando has been so strong and so well received the past couple years, now adding Tommy Haas, a former champion here, and Henman, a true gentleman and legend of the game, our fans are going to really enjoy this one.”
Making his first appearance in Delray Beach on the ATP Champions Tour, Haas will also make his debut as the captain of Team World. During his career on the ATP Tour, Haas captured 15 singles titles and finished eight seasons inside the Top 10 of the ATP Rankings. A familiar face to local tennis fans, Haas boasts career singles wins over Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andre Agassi, defeating them at least three times each.
“Delray Beach holds wonderful memories for me having played in that stadium so many times, felt so much energy from their incredible fans and of course winning in 2006,” said Haas. “I’m honoured to be returning, captaining Team World and trying to be the first player to win both an ATP Tour title and ATP Champions Tour title in Delray.”
Teaming with Haas on the defending champion Team World squad is Henman of Great Britain (making his first appearance on the ATP Champions Tour in Delray Beach) who won 11 ATP Tour singles titles, four doubles titles and reached a career-high ATP Ranking of No. 4. South African Wayne Ferreira (making his second appearance in Delray Beach), who reached a career-high ATP ranking of No. 6, won 15 singles titles, 11 doubles titles and an Olympic bronze medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, and Swede Mikael Pernfors (making his fourth appearance in Delray Beach on the ATP Champions Tour) who won three ATP Tour singles titles, had a career-high ATP Ranking of No. 10 and won back-to-back NCAA Singles titles while at the University of Georgia, round out Team World.
Team Americas captain, Chilean Fernando Gonzalez, will be making his third straight appearance in Delray Beach. During his career on the ATP Tour, Gonzalez won 11 singles titles, was ranked as high as No. 7, competed twice at the Nitto ATP Finals, won bronze in singles and gold in doubles at the 2004 Athens Olympics, and earned silver in singles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Joining Gonzalez is Canadian Jesse Levine, who played Delray Beach four times while on Tour and was a member of the Canadian Davis Cup Team, and Jan-Michael Gambill who is a two-time former singles champion at Delray Beach and doubles champion with Andy Roddick in 2001. During his professional career, Gambill won three singles titles, five doubles titles, represented the U.S. twice in Davis Cup play (1998 and 2000) and had a career-best ATP Ranking of No. 21.
Making his first official appearance in Delray Beach’s ATP Champions Tour Event is American Berger who, in addition to winning three singles titles and reaching a career-high ATP Ranking of No. 7, represented the U.S. in Davis Cup in 1988 and 1990 and later became the head coach at the University of Miami.
With the 2019 legends match-ups already scheduled, tennis fans can take advantage of the holiday discount available through 4 January 2019, with 50 per cent off all ATP Champions Tour matches compliments of new presenting sponsor Vitacost.com. More information is available at: https://yellowtennisball.com/vitacost-com-welcomed-as-presenting-sponsor/.
Session, Day & Date, Time & Matches
1: Fri 2/15, 6:00pm Henman v Levine, NB 8:00pm Haas v Gambill
2: Sat 2/16, 2:30pm Ferreira/Pernfors v Gonzalez/Berger, NB 2:30pm Henman v Gambill
3: Sat 2/16, 6:00pm Ferreira v Levine, NB 8:00pm Haas v Gonzalez
4: Sun 2/17, 12:30pm Ferreira/Henman v Gonzalez/Gambill, NB 3:00pm Haas v Levine
Note: Players are subject to change due to injuries or other unforeseen circumstances.