Delray Beach Open Returns This Month

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Staff report
Watch your favorite tennis pros hit the court this month during the Delray Beach Open.
The world’s only 10-day tennis event that features an ATP Champions Tour event and an ATP World Tour event is back on Feb. 17.
The Champions Tour will take place from Feb. 17-19 and the World Tour will take place from Feb. 20-26. The event is celebrating its 25th anniversary and plans to bring 32 ATP World Tour players to Delray Beach.
The tour 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 legends of the game in a United States vs. International team format.
In case you can’t catch all the matches in person, the tournament is televised in more than 120 countries.
In addition to tennis, there will be live music, on-site dining, drinking, interactive exhibits and shopping.
Kids can get involved onto court as Ball Kids. Ball Kids must be 12 years old or older and attend a series of training sessions to prepare them for the role they play during the professional matches.
Each participant receives a uniform, meals, match tickets for family and friends and an invitation to the Ball Kids party. Ball Kids must work at least three sessions including the weekend matches.
Training dates for the 10-day Delray Beach Open are Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 8 and 9, 5:00 – 7:00 pm, and on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 10:00 am to noon. New applicants must attend two of the three sessions.
All ball kids information, including an application and release form, can be found at http://yellowtennisball.com/ballkids/.
A look at the players:
Milos Raonic, who is currently No. 3 in the world, has won eight ATP titles in 19 finals. This season his accomplishments include reaching the Wimbledon final in July 2016 against Andy Murray, reaching this year’s Australian Open semifinal, winning the Brisbane tournament and playing in the Indian Wells and London finals.
Juan Martin del Potro won the 2011 Delray Beach Open title and reached the semifinals in 2016. CAREER: A quarterfinalist at this year’s US Open, del Potro moved back into the Top 100 (No. 64) for the first time in two years—he began the year ranked No.1045. The 2009 US Open champion was world No. 5 twice in his career (2009 & 2013) and has won 18 ATP World Tour titles.
Ivo Karlovic is Delray Beach Open’s 2015 champion and the two-time finalist is 11-7 in nine appearances. He set a tournament-record of 91 aces in winning the 2015 title, including 13 in the final. He has eight career ATP World Tour titles, and led the 2005 Croatian Davis Cup team to the world title. He struck one of the fastest serves of all time, a 156-mile missile that came in a Davis Cup tie in 2011.
Bryan Brothers (twins Bob and Mike) are four-time Delray Beach Open winners (2009, 2010, 2014 & 2015) and they will be looking to build on their record 112 ATP tournament wins, and reaching their 1,000th career match wins – a feat accomplished only in singles by ATP legends Jimmy Connors, Roger Federer and Ivan Lendl.
Jack Sock who last appeared in Delray Beach in 2014, is 1-2 in two singles appearances. In 2013, he won the 2013 doubles title with James Blake. Sock reached the Top 25 for the first time in his career this year 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 Betthany Mattek-Sands in mixed doubles and a bronze in doubles with Steve Johnson.
The three-day ATP Champions Tour event featuring a six-player competition includes players James Blake and Mardy Fish, along with Vince Spadea and Mikael Pernfors.