By Matthew Lewis, Contributing Reporter
DELRAY BEACH, FLORIDA – The 2021 Delray Beach Open has been rescheduled from February to now take place January 4-13th at the Delray Beach Tennis Center. Due to the rescheduling of the Australian Open, which was moved to February 8-21st, it will now mark the start of the professional tennis season.
The 2021 Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com will feature the ATP Champions Tour legends event January 4-6th, which will run concurrently with the ATP 250 qualifying matches on January 5-6th.
The main draw for the ATP 250 tournament, which will feature 28 players in singles and 16 teams in doubles, will begin Thursday, January 7th with two sessions each day until the finals are contested during a single session on Wednesday, January 13th.
“The city of Delray Beach, along with our tournament staff, worked very quickly to take advantage of this chance to play host to a season-opening event,” tournament Director Mark Baron said.
“The players are eager to get back to playing in tournaments and we are happy to provide that opportunity. We look forward to welcoming them as well as our fans to a healthy and safely produced event in a few short weeks.”
All tickets for the “Physically Distanced, Forever Social” event at the historic downtown tennis center are on sale now at www.yellowtennisball.com or by phone at +1 561-330-6000.
In order to accommodate spacious conditions in the stadium and throughout the venue, attendance for each session at the 2021 tournament will be capped at 2,000 people, just under 25 percent of the outdoor stadium’s total capacity.
“These are unprecedented times, and I would like to thank the tournament organizers for their willingness to adapt by moving into week one of the ATP Tour calendar at such short notice,” said ATP Chairman Andrea Gaudenzi.
“Providing playing opportunities for our players and ensuring our sport is delivered to fans worldwide in a safe and secure environment is our number one priority.”
“It’s only with an entrepreneurial mindset that we can achieve our goals, and full credit goes to Mark Baron and his team for taking on this opportunity to launch the 2021 ATP Tour season. We wish them all the best for a successful week.”
Fans who act quickly can take advantage of a special Holiday Sale on tickets if purchasing before midnight on December 31st. Using the promo code CHAMPION, a discount of thirty percent will be applied to individual box and reserved seats for Sessions 1-4 (ATP Champions Tour matches).
For discounted tickets to see the ATP 250 matches, fans can use the code JINGLE to get ten percent off individual box seats for Sessions 5-14, while the code BELLS will provide a twenty percent discount on individual reserved seats for Sessions 5-14.
Patrons who previously purchased tickets for the February dates will be contacted by tournament staff regarding opportunities to exchange their tickets for the new dates.
Last year, Delray Beach resident Reilly Opelka served a tournament record 99 aces during the week in which he won his second career ATP Tour title.
In doubles Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan captured their sixth Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com title and their 119th as a team. It was the final tournament for the twin brothers who announced their retirement in August.
In the opening weekend’s ATP Champions Tour matches, Team Europe, led by Tommy Haas and David Ferrer, earned a 5-2 win over the James Blake-led Team World.
This marked the third straight defeat for the home nation in ATP Champions Tour competition at Delray Beach.