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januari 2019

2006 Delray Beach Champ HAAS returns with ATP Champions Tour

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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.

Ferrero: ‘I’ve still got something’

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Juan Carlos Ferrero is 38 years old. But you wouldn’t be able to tell judging by his effort this week at Champions Tennis. The Spaniard won all three of his matches, flying to the final ATP Champions Tour crown of the season.

“It definitely reminds me when I was competing on the ATP World Tour,” Ferrero said of his level. “I’ve still got something, which is nice.”

You might wonder how Ferrero is able to maintain such a high level more than 15 years after he ascended to top spot in the ATP Rankings. ‘The Mosquito’ was the nickname given to Ferrero over the years, and he still has plenty of bite to this day.

Ferrero spends much of his time at the JC Ferrero-Equelite Sport Academy, where World No. 23 Pablo Carreno Busta trains. That keeps Ferrero around the sport and maintaining the level that helped him win 479 tour-level matches and 16 titles.

“For me it’s a little bit easier to be more fit than the others. I have the Academy and have the gym there so I can practise with the guys,” Ferrero said. “I am still playing a lot so that’s maybe why I can still play at this level.”

On Saturday, Ferrero saved match point to defeat former World No. 2 Goran Ivanisevic, booking his spot in the final. The left-handed Ivanisevic brought his ‘A’ game, but it wasn’t enough against the Spaniard.

“I think I played a good match, but I have to admit Ferrero is better, younger and moving well from all sides of the court,” Ivanisevic said. “He served really well throughout the match.”

Ferrero’s serving has become a staple of his success on the ATP Champions Tour. One year ago, former World No. 1 Marat Safin appeared destined to take the title at the Royal Albert Hall. But the Russian could not match the physicality of Ferrero’s game and his serving in the 2017 championship match.

“Juan Carlos is in good shape, really good shape,” Safin said. “He plays every day, he serves really well.”

On Sunday, Ferrero hit 12 aces and won 83 per cent of his first-serve points, which proved too much for former World No. 2 and recent Legends Cup champion Tommy Haas to overcome.

“I’m very happy because the atmosphere in the finals is always a bit different compared to the other matches. Here at the Royal Albert Hall, you can tell that the crowd is enjoying it a lot and there’s a lot of respect from the other players,” Ferrero said. “It always makes it more special when you win!”

Hall of fame announces Kafelnikov as 2019 inductee

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Former World No. 1 and two-time Grand Slam singles titlist Yevgeny Kafelnikov will soon be able to call himself a “Hall of Famer”.

The Russian, who retired in 2003, will be inducted to the International Tennis Hall of Fame this July in Newport. Kafelnikov, who was Russia’s first Grand Slam singles champion, said, “I’m very honoured to become a Hall of Famer and to represent Russia among tennis’ greatest champions.”

The Sochi native captured his first major singles title in 1996 at Roland Garros. That same event, he partnered with Daniel Vacek to win the doubles title. No man since has won the singles and doubles titles at the same major.

Kafelnikov was also the singles champion at the 1999 Australian Open, and he won four Grand Slam doubles titles – three at Roland Garros and one at the US Open. In all, Kafelnikov won 26 tour-level singles titles and 27 tour-level doubles titles.

The Russian complemented his No. 1 ATP Ranking in singles with a doubles career-high of No. 4. Kafelnikov is also an Olympic gold medalist, having won at the 2000 Games in Sydney, and he was integral to Russia’s 2002 Davis Cup title.

He will be inducted alongside former WTA greats Li Na of China and France’s Mary Pierce. The three are being inducted in the Player Category. This is not a year of eligibility for the Hall of Fame’s other two categories – Contributor and Wheelchair.

The three former players will join an elite group of just over 250 individuals hailing from 23 nations who have received the honour, which recognizes their career as being among the most accomplished and impactful in the history of tennis.

“It’s a pleasure to congratulate Li Na, Mary Pierce, and Yevgeny Kafelnikov, and to welcome them to the International Tennis Hall of Fame,” stated Hall of Fame President Stan Smith. “They are three incredibly hard-working athletes who set and achieved goals at tennis’ highest levels. This is a well-deserved honour, and we look forward to celebrating them as Hall of Famers in Newport in July.”

Li Na, Pierce, and Kafelnikov will be officially inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame on 20 July, during Hall of Fame Weekend in Newport, Rhode Island. Ticket packages for the weekend are on sale now on tennisfame.com/enshrinement with individual Induction Ceremony tickets going on sale on 1 February.

Additionally, the Class of 2019 will be celebrated in a tribute exhibit in the museum at the International Tennis Hall of Fame, chronicling their lives and careers, which will open in June and be displayed for one year.