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2014 ATP Delray Players Announced; Chris Evert Charity in Nov.
October 31, 2013 01:25 AM
Ivanisevic, Roddick, Hewitt at 2014 ATP Delray Beach
Four of the current Top 20 singles players, the greatest doubles team of all time, and the 2001 Wimbledon champion are all included in a group of players who have signed on with the Delray Beach Open by The Venetian Las Vegas to play in the 22nd annual event next February.
The world's only combined ATP World Tour and ATP Champions Tour event will be played Feb. 14-23, 2014 at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center. It will be the 16th year that the tournament will be held in Delray Beach.
The 32-player ATP World Tour field will include Top 20 stars Tommy Haas (No. 12), John Isner (No. 14), Kei Nishikori (No. 18) and Kevin Anderson (No. 20). Janko Tipsarevic, last year's ATP world No. 8, former world No. 1 and two-time Grand Slam champion Lleyton Hewitt and former world No. 8 Marcos Baghdatis are also among the early entries. The remaining Delray Beach field, including three wildcards, will be announced in January.
Hewitt (1999), Haas (2006), Nishikori (2008) and Anderson (2012) are former Delray Beach champions.
The world No. 1 Bryan Brothers doubles team will highlight the 16-team doubles field, as the popular twins return to Delray Beach for the seventh time after winning titles in 2009 and 2010.
Croat Goran Ivanisevic, the only Wimbledon champion in history to have won on a wildcard, will join 2003 US Open champion Andy Roddick and four other former ATP stars in Delray Beach's 5-year-old ATP Champions event. Ivanesivic is playing in Delray Beach for the first time.
Roddick committed to his inaugural ATP Champions Tour event in August, while Hall of Famer Mats Wilander is returning for a fourth run at the title. The trio of former two-time Delray Beach ATP World Tour champion Jan-Michael Gambill (2001, 2003), former French Open finalist Mikael Pernfors and Boca Raton's Aaron Krickstein round out the field. The competition will be divided into an "American" group (Roddick, Krickstein, Gambill) and a "European" group (Ivanesevic, Wilander, Penfors), with the winners playing a "USA vs Europe" championship match.
"These are undoubtedly the best fields we've put together collectively in both our ATP events," said tournament director Mark Baron. "We continue to strengthen our ATP World Tour field and we're excited about the ATP Champions Tour battle within the American and European groups and think it's going to be a fun one for our fans to follow."
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Celebrities Announced For Nov. Chris Evert Pro-Celebrity Event
Comedian Jon Lovitz and ABC-TV's Scandal star Scott Foley headline a group of celebrities who will attend the 2013 Chris Evert/Raymond James Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic, assisting the tennis legend in her annual fundraiser to prevent drug abuse and child neglect.
The 24th annual event will be held the weekend of Nov. 15-17, 2013, and includes a Tennis Pro-Am and Classic Cocktail Reception at the Boca Resort & Club (Friday, Nov. 15), followed by two days of Pro-Celebrity Tennis at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center (Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 16 & 17).
Lovitz, the former Saturday Night Live star who has been a regular at the Pro-Celebrity event for the past decade, and Foley, who plays Jake Ballard on the highly-rated drama series, will be joined by actors Alan Thicke and Kevin McKidd; actress Maeve Quinlan; and musicians Gavin Rossdale and David Cook. Longtime tennis journalist and historian Bud Collins is also on the guest list.
Four members of the International Tennis Hall of Fame are among the group of former pros who will be matched with the celebrities.
In addition to the former world No. 1 Evert, 7-time singles Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander, 18-time singles Grand Slam champion Martina Navratilova, and Navratilova's former doubles partner, Pam Shriver, will be attending the event. Other former or current pros assisting with the fundraiser include WTA perennial doubles champions Rennae Stubbs and Lisa Raymond, Patrick McEnroe and former No. 1s Andre Agassi and Andy Roddick, and former Andy Murray coach Brad Gilbert. Seven of the eight pros are ESPN or Tennis Channel commentators, while Raymond is still active on the WTA Tour.
The annual Charity Gala is scheduled for Saturday evening (Nov. 16) at the Boca Resort & Club, highlighted by a Blues Brothers tribute by the Jake and Elwood Blues Revue. The 90-minute show integrates the humor and songs from the original 1980 film The Blues Brothers, and includes Aretha Franklin and Cab Calloway impersonators.
Tickets for the Pro-Celebrity tennis event range in price from $20 to $90. General admission tickets are $20, individual club seats with seat backs are $40 per day or $70 for the weekend, and platinum level seating is $90 per day or $175 for the two-day session.
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