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The city of Delray Beach will ring in the new year with fan favorites and some of the brightest young tennis players in the world.
While eyes are currently on the Australian Open, the tennis world will soon be shifting focus to the Delray Beach Open where four former champions — Reilly Opelka (2020), Frances Tiafoe (2018), Kevin Anderson (2012) and Kei Nishikori (2008) — are among the players who have entered the 30th anniversary tournament set for Feb. 11 to 20.
“We are thrilled to welcome an incredible field of players for our 30th anniversary event,” Delray Beach Open tournament director Mark Baron said. “It is exciting to bring back many of our fan favorites in addition to some of the ATP Tour’s rising stars who will be making their debuts in Delray Beach.”
Also among the returning players is Sebastian Korda, a 21-year-old American who reached last year’s final. Korda will be making his second tournament appearance after finishing as runner-up last year in what was just his fifth Tour-level event.
Qualifying for the ATP 250 event begins on Feb. 12, featuring Delray Beach resident Victor Lilov, 17, a 2021 Wimbledon junior finalist who earned a wild card thanks to clinching the Delray Beach Open’s Survivor Series. Singles and doubles main draw action for the ATP 250 event starts Feb. 14 and concludes with the ATP 250 finals on Feb. 20.
The Delray Beach stop on the global ATP Tour annually plays in front of over 60,000 fans and a television audience in over 50 countries.
On-site it’s 10 days of themed parties, live music and art, the wine and champagne lounge, The Craft bar, courtside tables and bottle service, on-court and covered seating at the Delray Beach Tennis Center, the winner of the USTA’s 2021 Outstanding Tennis Facility Award.
Tickets are available at yellowtennisball.com and the on-site box office, 30 NW First Ave., in Delray Beach, with individual tickets starting at $33. Call 561-330-6000.