Team International Captures Glory In Delray Beach
by ATP Staff|
Team International lost its grip on the ATP Champions Tour title at the Delray Beach Open for the past two years.
But in 2018, the competition has been one-sided, with captain Fernando Gonzalez clinching his team’s victory on Saturday evening with a win against former World No. 7 Mardy Fish 6-4, 6-1 in 47 minutes.
"I felt really well, I really like the conditions here,” Gonzalez said. "I felt much better and more comfortable in the second match. I’m really happy for the international team."
That triumph gave Team International an insurmountable 5-1 advantage in the first ATP Champions Tour event of the season.
Canadian Jesse Levine was a major part of his team’s success, contributing to three of his squad’s five wins thus far. On Saturday morning, the 30-year-old partnered Gonzalez to a 6-4, 1-6, 10/5 triumph against former World No. 1 John McEnroe and his partner, Jan-Michael Gambill, who currently coaches 2017 Next Gen ATP Finals qualifier Jared Donaldson.
While the Canadian-Chilean pair was broken twice to lose the second set, they won six of seven points on serve in the super tie-break to come out on top.
Levine also won his second singles match of the weekend later in the day against Gambill 6-2, 7-6(4).
“It’s a lot of fun competing out there again,” Levine said. "I actually get a lot more nervous watching rather than playing because it’s out of your control. I really did enjoy it out there today and I had a lot of family and friends supporting me as I did yesterday, so it’s always fun to play in front of them."
Mardy Fish earned Team USA’s only point of the event thus far with a 7-6(2), 6-2 win against Great Britain’s Greg Rusedski.
"It was fun,” Fish said. "I haven’t seen him in a while and we had some pretty good matches back in the day, played in a final in Nottingham, so it was fun. He is one of the best servers of all time so it brought back a lot of memories.”
While Team International has clinched the event, come back out on Sunday for two more exciting matches. Gambill is scheduled to take on Rusedski at 12:30 p.m. and the two captains, Gonzalez and McEnroe, will battle to close out the event at 2:30 p.m.