By Steven Skelley & Thomas Routzong
Sunny Harbor Publishing
There is only one place in the U.S.A. where tennis fans can catch a glimpse of some of the biggest young guns of today and some of the most successful pros of yesterday. The Delray Beach Open in sunny Delray Beach, Fla. offers the amazing combination of an ATP World Tour event and an ATP Champion’s event in an action-filled 10 day span. This is truly a tennis lover’s dream come true.
The ATP World Tour event features some of the best, young, up and coming players competing today as well as some of the most succesful players in both singles and doubles.
This isn’t the same game you may remember from years gone by. Pro tennis today is all about power and those who can control it. It is not unusual to see these young players crushing serves at over 140 mph.
American John Isner and Croatian Ivo Karlovic have recorded serves at over 150 mph.
Australian Sam Groth has set the world record with a serve tracked on radar at an astonishing 163 mph!
A tennis court is only 78 feet long. Imagine a ball rocketing toward you at 150 or 160 mph.
What is equally astonishing is that there are talented players today that have the hand-eye coordination to hit these balls back.
The list of past contenders reads like a who’s who of tennis Grand Slam champions: Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick, Juan Martin del Potro, Lleyton Hewitt and the Bryan Brothers who are entered again this year.
Mike and Bob Bryan are American twin brothers who have been called the most successful men’s doubles team in tennis history.They have won 100 titles together including 16 Grand Slam titles The brothers have finished world No. 1 a record 10 times and are the first doubles team in history to hold all four majors and the Olympic gold medal.
The ATP Champions Tour event is not just a hit and giggle event. These guys are competitive. To even qualify to take the court, they have to be either a World No. 1, a Grand Slam singles finalist, or a singles player in a victorious Davis Cup team. They may not hit the ball as hard as the young guys anymore but they make up for it with guile, spin, and entertainment. Don’t be surprised if you see Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic climb into the stands to take a selfie with a pretty lady.
Even though the Delray Beach tennis center can facilitate 6000 spectators, the fans are spread out over five courts and another couple of practice courts. It never feels crowded and you always have a good seat.
One of the biggest assets of the Delray Beach Open is the intimacy of the venue. You may find yourself within 10 feet of those balls speeding by at over 100 mph.
The Delray Beach Open by The Venetian® Las Vegas is televised nationally on the Tennis Channel and internationally in over 125 countries. More than 50,000 spectators attend the tournament each year.
The Delray Beach Open by The Venetian® Las Vegas is being held February 13 – 22, 2015.
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Article by Steven Skelley and Thomas Routzong. Copyright Sunny Harbor Publishing. PO Box 560318 Rockledge, FL 32956. Phone: 321044607552. Email: SunnyHarborPuboishing@yahoo.com