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.