September 12, 2019
Former World No. 3 David Ferrer, World No. 8 Marcos Baghdatis and German star Tommy Haas will lead Team World at the 2020 Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com, the tournament has announced. The event will be held from 14-16 February 2020.
“I am really excited to be part of the ATP Champions Tour, it gives me the opportunity to play at events such as the Delray Beach Open and continue to compete against some of the best guys out there,” Ferrer said. “I am looking forward to playing in a team format as it will be a lot of fun for the spectators to watch.”
Baghdatis, a four-time ATP Tour champion and longtime fan favourite, is making his first ATP Champions Tour appearance in Delray Beach after playing his final match as a professional at Wimbledon this July. The Cypriot competed in Delray Beach twice previously, making the quarter-finals in 2009 and the second round in 2014.
“I am very much looking forward to coming to Delray Beach in February to compete in the ATP Champions Tour event! Throughout my career, I have always loved playing in South Florida and I am excited to see all the local fans that have such a great appreciation for our sport,” Baghdatis said. “The player field looks to be a very strong one, so I am looking forward to competing and being a part of this amazing event.”
Making his second appearance in Delray Beach on the ATP Champions Tour, Haas was Team World’s captain in 2019, and he and led the team to a 5-3 victory over Team Americas, winning all three of his singles matches. During his career on the ATP Tour, Haas captured 15 tour-level singles titles — including the 2006 Delray Beach crown — and finished eight seasons inside the Top 10 of the ATP Rankings. A familiar and favourite face to tennis fans around the world, Haas boasts career singles wins over Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andre Agassi, defeating them at least three times each.
“Last year was special, to be able to win the ATP Champions Tour title with a team after winning an individual title here when I was on Tour,” commented Tommy Haas. “I’ve always had such great respect and feedback from the fans in Delray Beach. The tournament team and the town really know how to make it a special experience for us players.”
Team World will battle Team Americas – soon to be announced – to defend its 2019 title in a format consisting of six singles matches and two doubles matches in total. The first team to win five matches will emerge victorious. The ATP Champions Tour stars an elite group of players who have retired from the ATP Tour, where they reached World No. 1, was a Grand Slam finalist, was a singles player on a Davis Cup-winning team. Each event can also invite two wild cards.
“Adding Baghdatis, after Haas and Ferrer, this is not just going to be entertaining, this will be tennis at an extraordinary level. I think the players in our ATP 250 event might even be watching this matchup,” added Mark Baron, Tournament Director. “It’s very rewarding to see these guys continuing their careers here in Delray Beach. They’ve really responded to the team matches and the support from the city and fans.”