Ready, Set, Go! ATP Champions Tour Season Kicks Off In Delray Beach

Getty ImagesJohn McEnroe will captain Team USA in Delray Beach against Team International.

Ever since Juan Carlos Ferrero captured the title at Champions Tennis in December, the anticipation has been rapidly building as the new ATP Champions Tour season drew nearer. And finally, the time has come.

The Delray Beach Open will host some of tennis’ greatest champions from 16-18 February, with the legendary John McEnroe leading the way.

It has been five years since McEnroe has played in the Florida event, but the former World No. 1 is still ready to put on a show in his fourth appearance at the tournament.

“Nothing has changed,” McEnroe said. “I am working hard to bring my best tennis to the fans and show the younger guys I can still beat up on them and help my USA teammates win the competition.”

And to make it even more exciting for McEnroe and the fans, the left-hander is joining Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan as the first inductees into the new Walk of Fame at the Delray Beach Open.

But the 58-year-old will be focused on helping Team USA in its battle against Team International, with the ATP Champions Tour matches set to begin on Friday evening.

McEnroe will captain Team USA, which also includes former ATP World Tour Delray Beach singles champions Mardy Fish (2009) and Jan-Michael Gambill (2001 & 2003) as well as former World No. 7 Jay Berger.

Former Australian Open finalist and world No. 7 Fernando Gonzalez will captain Team International. Greg Rusedski, who thrilled fans at the Royal Albert Hall during Champions Tennis late last year, Jesse Levine of Canada and former World No. 8 Guillermo Canas will join the Chilean.

Seven singles matches and one doubles battle will determine the winners of the prestigious Delray Beach Cup. The action begins on 16 February at 6:00 p.m. with Fish playing Levine followed by McEnroe and Berger taking on Rusedski and Canas at 8:00 p.m. in the featured match of Day One.

A widely-anticipated doubles match will kick off Saturday's day session at 12:30 p.m., pitting McEnroe and Gambill against Gonzalez and Levine.

McEnroe and Gonzalez will meet in Sunday's 2:30 p.m. singles finale, which will close out the ninth annual ATP Champions Tour event.

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