February 17, 2019
Tommy Haas of Germany proved to be the star player of the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com, clinching the title for Team World with a 6-3, 3-6, 10-5 victory over Jesse Levine of Canada.
Team World took back the crown this year with a 5-3 win over Team Americas. Haas prevailed in all three of his singles matches, while Levine picked up two of the points for Team Americas. Had Levine defeated Haas to tie the competition, the team winner would have been determined by a special tie-breaker involving the number of sets and games lost.
“A lot was on the line today. Jesse is much younger than me, so I knew it was going to be tough,” said Haas. “I think he got a bit tight in the Champions Tie-break, but I knew I had to come up strong today and was happy to get the win.”
Both men were undefeated going into the final match of this year’s event. There was little separating them going into the Champions Tie-break, but Haas increased the speed on his forehand to prevail in the most crucial rallies of the contest.
The opening match of the day saw American Jan-Michael Gambill and Fernando Gonzalez of Chile record a convincing 6-4, 6-1 scoreline against Wayne Ferreira of South Africa and Tim Henman of Great Britain.