The Palm Beach County Sports Commission has partnered with the Delray Beach Open to bring the only combined ATP World Tour & Champions Tour event in the world back to Palm Beach County. The 2020 Delray Beach Open will be held Feb. 14-23 at the Delray Beach Tennis Center. This year’s Open will feature the first-ever women’s match featuring rising star Coco Gauff and NCAA singles champion Estela Perez-Somarriba.
Since 1999, the Delray Beach Tennis Center has been home to South Florida’s only ATP Tour 250 event. The Open is one of just 10 ATP World Tour events held in the United States. Past participants have included tennis stars such as Andy Roddick, Andre Agassi, Mardy Fish, Jimmy Connors, and James Blake. The seven-day tournament is seen nationally and internationally in over 150 countries with a potential reach of 128.2 million homes.
“Our 2020 event has quickly become something special for everyone, literally,” said Mark Baron, Tournament Director. “The teams vying for the ATP Champions Tour trophy are comprised of Grand Slam-winning legends and guys who were just competing for the game’s biggest titles earlier this year. The team format and camaraderie is unique to Delray and the players and fans have really embraced it.”
The 10-day tournament will open Valentine’s Day weekend with the ATP Champions Tour team event and a special exhibition match starring local teen tennis star Coco Gauff. The exhibition match, the first-ever women’s match in Delray Beach Open history, will pit 15-year-old Delray native Gauff versus reigning NCAA Division I singles champion Estela Perez-Somarriba. Gauff burst onto the tennis scene with a first-round defeat of the legendary Venus Williams at Wimbledon in 2019.
On President’s Day, Monday, Feb. 17, the game’s reigning stars take center court commencing the ATP 250 matches. Fans can book now for the tournament’s “Super Tuesday” featuring Kei Nishikori, Nick Kyrgios, Milos Raonic, and the winningest team of all-time Bob and Mike Bryan making their final Tour appearance in Delray Beach on Wednesday night, Feb. 19.
The Team Europe versus Team World match-up will showcase tennis legends David Ferrer, James Blake, Tommy Haas, Marcos Baghdatis and other fan-favorites.
Delray Beach’s complete acceptance list also includes the following ATP Tour stars: Radu Albot, Damir Dzumhur, Kyle Edmund, Taylor Fritz, Ugo Humbert, Steve Johnson, Miomir Kecmanovic, Soonwoo Kwon, Adrian Mannarino, Mackenzie McDonald, John Millman, Yoshihito Nishioka, Reilly Opelka, Tommy Paul, Tennys Sandgren, Andreas Seppi, Cedrik-Marcel Stebe, Jordan Thompson, Frances Tiafoe, and Yasutaka Uchiyama. The tournament still holds two wild cards and two special exemptions that will round out the 32-player ATP 250 main event.
With some of the biggest stars in tennis set to play, the seven-day event is expected to bring a substantial economic impact to Palm Beach County. With fans from around the globe attending, the Open is expected to have an impact of well over $16 million. The event will also we broadcast live in 150 countries, giving The Palm Beaches unparalleled exposure.
“The Delray Beach Open marks a convergence of the best talent in the world with the sublime tourist destination that is Delray Beach,” said PBCSC Executive Director, George Linley. “With a top-notch field of players, fans in attendance, and fans around the globe will get to witness the best competition right here in The Palm Beaches.”
The one-of-a-kind event is set at the Delray Beach Tennis Center, a world-class facility at the southern entrance of picturesque and palm-lined downtown Delray Beach, just west of the world-famous downtown area on Atlantic Avenue. This idyllic facility contains 14 clay courts, six hard courts and an 8,200-seat stadium. One of the premier tennis facilities in the Southeast, the Center hosts several elite and charity tennis tournaments throughout the year.
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