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Ticket available for Svaneholm Open

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Tickets are now available for Svaneholm Open ATP-Champions tour.

The new ATP-Champions tour event at Svaneholm Castle in southern Sweden introduce a new format for the games where 4 of the great nations in Tennis in the 80:s meet again to compete for the national honor. USA, Sweden, France and Australia will battle it our in both singles and double matches. Legendary players like John McEnroe, Mats Wilander, Henri Leconte and Pat Cash will lead their respective teams. Old scores will be settled once and for all.

Sales are speeding up. – “We have seen great interest already the first weekend of sales”, says Mårten Hedlund, Tournament director.

-“The new format adds an element of excitement and prestige to the game and the players are very excited to participate”, he continues.

Follow this link to read more about the different package available to buy.

Hass survives Gonzales challenge at Delray Beach

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Tommy Haas withstood an in-form Fernando Gonzalez on Day 2 at the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com. The Chilean won all three of his matches at this event last year to lead Team Americas to victory, but Haas rallied on Saturday to defeat the Chilean 6-7(5), 6-3, 13-11.

Team World now holds a 4-2 lead over Team Americas after winning three of four matches on Saturday. They need to only win one of Sunday’s two scheduled matches to take the title.

Gonzalez holds a 4-1 lead over Haas in their FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry from their days on the ATP Tour, but Haas turned the tables in front of a large crowd on Saturday night. He hung tough against a barrage of big forehands from Gonzalez and stepped in the court when he had the chance to secure the win.

“It was fun at times and serious at times. He came up with some unbelievable shots and when he’s on, he’s still one of the toughest players I’ve ever faced,” said Haas. “It got pretty competitive out there. The outcome of the match is not so important these days, but you still want to win.”

The day proved to be especially memorable for Haas as he was added to the Delray Beach Open Walk of Fame. The German won the title here in 2006.

“It’s an absolute honor and I didn’t expect it. To be the third inductee after John McEnroe and the Bryan brothers is really special,” said Haas. “I always enjoy playing this event and Florida has a special place in my heart having been a resident and spending so much time here.”

Tim Henman of Great Britain showed off some impressive volleys in his 6-4, 6-2 win over American Jan-Michael Gambill. After securing the opening set, Henman began to open up on his serve and raced through the latter stages of the match.

“I first came here in 1991 to play a junior event,” said Henman. “It’s fantastic to have such a good group of people who are organising this event and have such great support from the fans.”

Jesse Levine handily defeated Wayne Ferreira of South Africa 6-3, 6-3 in the other match on Saturday’s evening schedule. The Canadian has yet to drop a set in his two singles matches this week.

The first doubles match of this year’s event saw Ferreira and Mikael Pernfors defeat Gonzalez and Jay Berger 6-3, 4-6, 10-5.

Sunday will see the 2019 Delray Beach Open wrap up with a doubles match featuring Gambill and Gonzalez taking on Ferreira and Henman, followed by Haas against Levine.

Levine thrills home crowd with Delray Beach win

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Team Americas and Team World are tied 1-1 after Day 1 at the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com, with Jesse Levine picking up the first point for Team Americas and Tommy Haas evening the score for Team International on Friday.

The Canadian opened up play with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Tim Henman. Levine, who now lives in nearby Boca Raton, had a vocal contingent of friends and family cheering him on. He controlled the majority of the rallies and hit the shot of the night with an around-the-post winner.

“Tim is someone I always looked up to as a kid, so to share the court with him was pretty special for me,” said Levine. “It’s obviously for fun out there, but we want to win and it got pretty competitive.

In the second match of the night, Haas outlasted American Jan-Michael Gambill 7-6(4), 7-5. The former World No. 2 and 2006 Delray Beach Open champion, who ended his 22-year ATP Tour career this past March, showed plenty of the flashy baseline play that saw him defeat Roger Federer just two years ago.

“I played on the Champions Tour for the first time last year and it’s nice to see all the familiar faces,” said Haas. “It’s always nice to come out and have some fans show up in the stands. This is something I still really enjoy doing and I try to see what I can still do out there.”

Saturday’s day session schedule opens with doubles action featuring Fernando Gonzalez and Jay Berger taking on Wayne Ferreira and Mikael Pernfors, followed by Henman squaring off against Gambill.

The night session will see Levine battle Wayne Ferreira of South Africa, followed by Haas taking on Fernando Gonzalez of Chile. Gonzalez won all three of his matches at the 2018 Delray Beach Open to lead Team International to victory.

Gonzales set to lead Team Americas in Delray Beach

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Fernando Gonzalez won all three of his matches at the 2018 Delray Beach Open to lead Team International to a thrilling victory in Florida. But now leading Team Americas as its captain, the Chilean will hope to achieve the same result against Team World.

Gonzalez, who won 11 ATP Tour titles and climbed as high as No. 5 in the ATP Rankings, is set to play two doubles matches and a singles match in Delray Beach as he attempts to lead his team to victory once again. Perhaps the match that sticks out the most on paper is Saturday evening’s singles clash in primetime (8:00 pm), pitting Gonzalez against former World No. 2 and 2006 Delray Beach winner Tommy Haas.

Gonzalez won four of his five FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings against Haas, with their biggest match coming in the 2007 Australian Open semi-finals. The Chilean broke serve five times while also winning 87 per cent of his first-serve points to triumph in one hour and 31 minutes, reaching his lone Grand Slam final.

While the powerful right-hander would lose to Roger Federer in the final, his win against Haas capped an impressive run during which he also beat Juan Martin del Potro, Lleyton Hewitt, James Blake, Rafael Nadal. Gonzalez will hope to find his best level, like he did during that fortnight, against Haas on Saturday. He will also be competing in doubles earlier in the day, as well as on Sunday.

The other former champion returning to compete in Delray Beach’s ATP Champions Tour event is American Jan-Michael Gambill. Gambill will face Haas in the second match of the event on Friday evening. Opening the tournament is Tim Henman and Jesse Levine.

While World No. 5 Kevin Anderson will compete in the ATP Tour event, a fellow South African star will play in the ATP Champions Tour competition. Former World No. 6 Wayne Ferreira will face Levine on Saturday evening, and also battle in two doubles matches. Also be sure to look out for British legend Tim Henman, Mikael Pernfors and Jay Berger.

Did You Know?
Gambill, who triumphed in Delray Beach in 2001 and 2003, is the only American to win the event twice.

Tournament Schedule
Friday, 15 February 2019
6:00 pm – Tim Henman (Team World) vs. Jesse Levine (Team Americas)
8:00 pm – Tommy Haas (Team World) vs. Jan-Michael Gambill (Team Americas)

Saturday, 16 February 2019
12:30 pm – Wayne Ferreira/Mikael Pernfors (Team World) vs. Fernando Gonzalez/Jay Berger (Team Americas)
2:30 pm – Tim Henman (Team World) vs. Jan-Michael Gambill (Team Americas)
6:00 pm – Wayne Ferreira (Team World) vs. Jesse Levine (Team Americas)
8:00 pm – Tommy Haas (Team World) vs. Fernando Gonzalez (Team Americas)

Sunday, 17 February 2019
12:30 pm – Wayne Ferreira/Tim Henman (Team World) vs. Fernando Gonzalez/Jan-Michael Gambill (Team Americas)
2:30 pm – Tommy Haas (Team World) vs. Jesse Levine (Team Americas)

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.