25th annual Delray Beach Open returns


For the next 10 days, tennis lovers will converge at the Delray Beach Tennis Center to see their favorite players duke it out.

The ATP Champions Tour Event begins Friday at 6 p.m. and runs through the weekend. Saturday and Sunday matches begin at 12:30 p.m.

Six “legends of the game” are playing eight matches (7 singles, 1 doubles) in a USA vs International format. The USA team includes Mardy Fish, James Blake and former Boca Raton resident Vince Spadea vs. the International trio of Fernando Gonzalez of Chile, Boca Raton resident Sebastien Grosjean of France, and Vero Beach resident Mikael Pernfors of Sweden. 

ATP World Tour Qualifying will take place on Saturday and Sunday. Matches begin at 11 a.m.

On Monday, the ATP World Tour event will begin at 11 a.m. Matches take play during the day and at night though Sunday, Feb. 26. The semifinals will be held on Saturday and the finals on Sundays. Finals for doubles will take place at 1 p.m. and singles at 3 p.m.

The ATP World Tour: The field is led by world No. 4 Milos Raonic of Canada and 2009 US Open champion and 2011 Delray Beach champion Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina. Del Potro is one of five former Delray Beach singles champions in the field, joining defending champion Sam Querrey (2016), Ivo Karlovic (2015), Delray Beach resident Kevin Anderson (2012) and Tommy Haas (2006). Also in the mix is American Jack Sock, now world No. 19, and Australian Bernard Tomic. The four-time Delray Beach doubles champion Bryan Brothers will battle for the doubles title with defending champions Oliver Marach and Fabrice Martin.

The ATP World Tour Draw: The 2017 singles draw will be made Friday (Feb. 17) at 2:00 p.m., with Monday’s matchups announced when the draw is completed. There are a pair of pre-scheduled matches on Tuesday, Feb. 21: No. 1 seed Milos Raonic plays his first round match at 12:30 pm, with Juan Martin Del Potro opening his 2017 season in the nightcap at 8:00 pm. The Bryan Brothers play their first-round doubles match on Wednesday at 8:00 pm.

Starting Tuesday, Feb. 21, The ATP World Tour event will be televised domestically on Tennis Channel and internationally in more than 110 countries. 

To catch it live, ticket prices range from $25.25 to $85.25 for individual seats. Tournament packages (sessions 1-17), Weekender packages (sessions 13-17, quarterfinals, semifinals, finals), on-court Best Seats in the House and covered Stadium Veranda seating are also available. Tickets can be purchased by phone 561-330-6000, on the website at Delray Beach Open Tickets, or at the on-site box office. 

Special admission offers
Military, Police, Firefighters & Emergency Personnel: Two complimentary tickets per session with official department ID for Sessions 1 – 6 (Friday, Feb. 17- Monday, Feb. 20) 

Senior Days BOGO Presented by the Delray Medical Center: Offer available on reserved and box seats for Monday (Feb. 20),  and Wednesday (Feb. 22) day sessions for seniors 55-and-older.

Food Drive Presented by Champion Porsche: (Monday, Feb. 20), donate eight canned non-perishable items and receive a complimentary ticket for the day session.

USTA Kidz Day: On President’s Day (Monday, Feb. 20) there are on-court and off-court activities for kids ages 6 to 16 plus a ticket to the ATP World Tour day session. Prices range from $10-$20 with accompanying adult tickets $10. All registration must be completed on-line: Kidz Day Registration.

For more information, visit YellowTennisBall.com or call 561-330-6000.