Tennis

Tennis 2017: One Week Until The Delray Beach Open

In one week, the Delray Beach Open will begin. It’s a 10-day tennis tournament featuring 32 top ATP players, as well as a Champions Tour event featuring legends of the game. The Champions Tour will take place from Feb. 17-19 and the ATP World Tour will take place from Feb. 20-26. In addition to tennis, there will be live music, on-site dining and shopping.
The Delray Beach Open is one of 11 ATP events that takes place in the United States. It consists of single-elimination singles and doubles events. The Champions Tour features a United States vs. International team format.

Some of the players on the courts will be:

JACK SOCK (USA) — DELRAY BEACH: The American won the 2013 doubles title with James Blake. He is 1-2 in two singles appearances and last appeared in 2014. CAREER: Sock reached the ATP World Tour’s Top 20 following the first week of the 2017 season after winning his second career ATP title in Auckland. He finished 2016 at a career-best No. 23 world ranking after reaching a pair of ATP World Tour finals and the fourth round of the US Open, where he upset world No. 9 Marin Cilic in a third-round tussle. He won his first career ATP singles title in 2015 in Houston and led the US Davis Cup team to a 3-1 win over Uzbekistan. The 23-year-old was the only tennis player to medal twice in the Rio Olympics, winning gold with Bethanie Mattek-Sands in mixed doubles and a bronze in doubles with Steve Johnson. Sock has six career doubles titles, and reached world No. 6 in doubles in 2015. He and Canadian Vasek Pospisil won the Wimbledon doubles title in 2014.

SAM QUERREY (USA) — DELRAY BEACH: The defending champion. He also reached the quarterfinals in 2007 and the semifinals in 2008. CAREER: In addition to his 2016 Delray Beach title, Querrey also upset World No. 1 Novak Djokovic to reach the quarterfinals at Wimbledon. He has eight ATP World Tour titles (out of 15 finals).

MILOS RAONIC (CAN) — DELRAY BEACH: Making his first appearance in Delray Beach, he is on track to come in as the highest-ranked player (No. 3) in DBO history. CAREER: Has won eight ATP titles in 19 finals reaching a career high ranking of No. 4 in 2015. This season his accomplishments include: a Wimbledon final, an Australian Open semifinal and wins over Top 10 players Roger Federer (twice), Stan Wawrinka, Jo Wilfried Tsonga and Tomas Berdych. His career Grand Slam results include a semifinal finish at Wimbledon in 2014 and quarterfinals at both the 2015 Australian Open and 2014 Roland Garros. He burst upon the ATP scene in 2011 as “Newcomer of the Year” and a year later reached the Top 20 with a pair of ATP titles. In 2014 he became the first Canadian to qualify for the ATP World Tour finals and the first ever to finish in the year-end Top 10 (No. 6).

JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO (ARG) — DELRAY BEACH: The 28-year-old has made his return to the ATP World Tour twice in Delray Beach following wrist surgery, and will open his 2017 season once again in Delray. He won the 2011 DBO title and in 2016 reached the semifinals. CAREER: A quarterfinalist at the 2016 US Open, del Potro moved back into the Top 100 (No. 38) for the first time in two years—he began the year ranked No.1045—winning his 19th career ATP title along the way and leading Argentina to its first Davis Cup title. The 2009 US Open champion was year-end world No. 5 twice in his career (2009 & 2013) and has also reach semifinals at Wimbledon and Roland Garros. In 2009 as a 20-year-old, he won the US Open title and was a finalist at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.  “Delpo” won bronze in the London Olympics (2012) and silver in Rio (2016), defeating No. 1 Novak Djokovic and No. 5 Rafael Nadal in Rio. He was the 2011 ATP “Comeback Player of the Year” after his first wrist surgery, and received the honor again for the 2016 season.

IVO KARLOVIC (CRO) — DELRAY BEACH: Delray Beach’s 2015 champion and two-time finalist is 11-7 in nine appearances. He set a tournament-record 91 aces in winning the 2015 title, including 13 in the final. CAREER: The ATP World Tour career aces leader (he has more than 11,500) led the Tour in aces from 2007 to 2009, and from 2014 to 2015. After winning two of his eight career ATP titles in 2016 and reaching the fourth round of the US Open (he set a US Open record with 61 aces in his first-round win) , Karlovic became the oldest player since 1979 to finish in the Top 20 with a career-best No. 20 year-end ranking. The 6’11” veteran led the 2005 Croatian Davis Cup team to the world title, and struck one of the fastest serves of all time, a 156-mile missile, in 2011 Davis Cup action.

BOB BRYAN and MIKE BRYAN (USA) — DELRAY BEACH: The four-time Delray Beach winners (2009, 2010, 2014 & 2015) are 23-5 all-time in the event and have reached the final in six out of seven appearances. Last year they played in arguably one of the most exciting doubles finals in DBO history, coming up short after dropping six match points. CAREER: The twins are the first doubles team in history to win 100 ATP titles together (now at 112) including their 16th Grand Slam title at the 2014 US Open.  They have won more than 1,000 matches as a doubles team, and have held the No. 1 world ranking a record 10 times (2003, 2005-2007, 2009-2104). They are the first doubles team in history to concurrently hold all four majors titles and the Olympic gold medal. The Bryans have qualified for the ATP World Tour finals for 14 straight years and have won the year-end tournament title four times. They are 24-5 in Davis Cup play, and members of the 2007 US champion team.

The three-day ATP Champions event featuring a six-player competition includes James Blake and Mardy Fish, along with Vince Spadea and Mikael Pernfors.

And if you need a break between matches, well, you’re in the right place…

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