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McEnroe To Lead Delray Beach Field

McEnroe© Getty ImagesJohn McEnroe will lead Team USA in Delray Beach at the team-based ATP Champions Tour event.

It won’t take long for the excitement to ramp up during the 2018 ATP Champions Tour season.

Tournament organisers at the Delray Beach Open have announced that John McEnroe, a former No. 1 player in the Emirates ATP Rankings, will return to Delray Beach for his fourth appearance in the tournament's ATP Champions Tour event from 16-18 February, leading the field at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Centre.

“I look forward to returning to Delray Beach for another ATP Champions Tour event," McEnroe said. "It will be five years since my last tournament in Delray Beach, but nothing has changed. 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.”

The event will follow a Team USA versus Team International format, with the matches kicking off the 10-day Delray Beach Open that also includes an ATP World Tour tournament. It is the only tennis event in the world that currently hosts both an ATP Champions Tour and ATP World Tour tournament at the same event.

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).

Former Australian Open finalist and World No. 7 Fernando Gonzalez will captain Team International. Former World No. 4 Greg Rusedski, who recently competed in Champions Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall, and Jesse Levine of Canada will join the Chilean.

The Delray Beach Cup goes to the winning team in the competition. Seven singles matches and one doubles battle will determine the champions.

The action will kick off on 16 February at 6 p.m. with Fish playing Levine followed by McEnroe taking on Rusedski at 8 p.m. in the evening’s featured match.

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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