Ever since the ATP migrated a professional tennis tournament to Delray Beach in 1999, the Delray Beach Open has become one of the circuit's most cherished events. The small, friendly beach town, and its picturesque Tennis Center – right off Atlantic Avenue – welcome the pros and fans from February 13th-22nd for the 2015 version of this great event.
Ryan Sweeting competes at tournament — Photo courtesy of Cecil H. Wise/Delray Beach Open
The Delray Beach Open typically attracts the top American players, as well as some top notch international hitters. The nearly two-week-long event kicks off with the Champions Tour, played over President's Day weekend.
These matches are always great fun, with retired former champions pitted against each other in friendly but competitive rounds. This year's contestants include the renowned James Blake, Goran Ivanisevic and Mark Philippoussis. There will be a USA vs. World theme to this event, with eight total matches.
Following the Champions Tour, the ATP World Tour event begins on Monday the 16th, with the 32-player singles and 16-team doubles. The top five ranked American players will be competing on the singles side, including John Isner and Jack Sock. Marin Cilic is the top international name in the field.
For doubles, the most successful duo in history – the twin Bryan brothers – will look to again take the title. In total, the tournament, sponsored by The Venetian Las Vegas, will pay out over $500K to participants.
The Delray Beach Open draws 50,000+ fans over the course of tournament, so getting tickets early is advised. There are a lot of cool promotions going on to help get fans into the Tennis Center reasonably. During the day session on Valentine's Day, couples can purchase buy one, get one tickets.
At night, there is a ticket/dinner deal that includes gourmet foods/desserts and an open bar, all for $99/person. Senior citizens get the hookup on Saturday the 14th as well the 18th and 19th, with BOGO ticket pricing.
Besides the matches, there are other exciting things going on. If you have kids that are budding tennis superstars, perhaps they would like to learn to serve from James Blake? If you dabble in the doubles ladder at your local country club, maybe you'd like to take some pointers from the Bryan Brothers? Both experiences are available through the Delray Beach Open, though space is limited and the lessons have always sold out in the past.
The Delray Beach Open is one of the most exciting events that takes place in South Florida during the year, and it all happens in the quaint little oceanside town of Delray. Get equipped with your tickets today.