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The 2023 Delray Beach Open Celebrates 25 Years of Tennis in Delray Beach!

The Delray Beach Open (yellowtennisball.com) is back for its 31st year, celebrating its 25th anniversary in Delray Beach, Florida.

The Palm Beach County stop on the global ATP Tour annually plays in front of over 60,000 fans in addition to reaching television audiences in over 50 countries over the course of 10 days. The 2023 tournament, which will be held Feb. 10-19 at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center on Atlantic Avenue in downtown Delray Beach, Florida, will feature even more new events, food & beverage offerings and specialty nights than ever before!

“We are thrilled to once again have some of the top stars from the ATP Tour coming to play in Delray Beach this year,” said Mark Baron, Tournament Director. “That on top of the fantastic off-court special events we have planned, including VIP receptions and parties, luncheons, and activities with our non-profit partners, should make this year’s Delray Beach Open the best yet. It will all serve as a great celebration of the tournament’s 25 years in Delray Beach.”

The tournament has been both a launching pad for stardom and a place for the game’s elite to raise the trophy. Recent Delray Beach champions include Grand Slam semifinalists Cameron Norrie (2022 Wimbledon), Frances Tiafoe (2022 US Open), Hubert Hurkacz (2021 Wimbledon) and hometown hero Reilly Opelka. In 2014, Marin Cilic hoisted the Delray Beach Open trophy before winning the US Open later that year. Juan Martin del Potro won the DBO two years after his US Open triumph, and Lleyton Hewitt was champion in Delray Beach on his way to becoming the world No. 1 and winning two Major titles. Other competitors over the previous 30 years of the ATP 250 event include a roster of Hall of Famers and fan-favorites with Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick, Tommy Haas, Patrick Rafter, Jim Courier, Kei Nishikori, Michael Chang, the Bryan Brothers, the Woodies, Ivan Lendl, Mats Wilander and Jimmy Connors among the most notable. 

Opening weekend will begin with an ATP Champions Tour event Feb.

10-12 featuring a field of the game’s legends. Six-time Delray Beach Open champions and 16-time Grand Slam winners Bob and Mike Bryan will be joined by Grand Slam champions Luke and Murphy Jensen, DBO singles champions Jan-Michael Gambill, Sam Querrey and Ivo Karlovic, as well as former ATP pro, current Boca Bridges Racquet Club tennis director and DBO co-emcee Jesse Levine for the legends event opening weekend.

Singles and doubles main draw action for the ATP 250 event starts Monday, Feb. 13 and concludes with the finals on Sunday, Feb. 19. A strong player field is already committing to battle at the quarter-century celebration including world top 10 player American Taylor Fritz. Fan favorite John Isner of the US will bring his big serve to the tournament for the ninth time. Adding to its top-flight player lineup, the Delray Beach Open announced that former champion Reilly Opelka has committed to play the tournament as has surging American star Tommy Paul.

But this fun-in-the-winter-sun event isn’t just a spectator show, there are opportunities for fans to take the courts themselves. The event kicks off with the Mixed Doubles Mega-Mixer on the morning of Friday, Feb. 10. The event, hosted by Ken and Jeanette Rubin, allows attendees to mix and mingle while playing a one-of-a-kind mixed doubles mixer in a round-robin format. Participants also receive a Stadium Court box seat for that evening session to watch the opening night of ATP Champions Tour legends matches. The ever-popular Legends Clinic will be held on Saturday morning, Feb. 11, offering tennis enthusiasts the opportunity to be coached by tennis legends (which include Bob and Mike Bryan) in an exclusive and extremely limited clinic. Participants also receive two Stadium Court Box seats for the day’s matches, Premier Parking & food court vouchers.

Saturday, Feb. 11 is also USTA Florida Kids’ Day, powered by Net Generation, for children ages 5-12 and their families to participate in family-friendly tennis games, tennis stations, a Family Challenge and Open Play, then enjoy the legends and ATP matches included in every Kids’ Day ticket. USTA Florida is excited to present its first-ever Wheel-chair Showcase featuring eight South Florida wheelchair tennis athletes performing common wheelchair tennis drills. The event will culminate with some singles and doubles action. Also on Saturday, Love Serving Autism will welcome Delray Beach Open’s tennis pros volunteering to host a clinic for local individuals with Autism and invites their families to join the fun. General Admission tickets will be provided to all volunteers & participating families in the clinic.

On Sunday morning, Feb. 12, there will be an ATP Doubles Pro-Am, a VIP experience playing with ATP singles and doubles stars (players to be announced on day of event) which also includes two Stadium Court Box seats for the Day session matches, Premier Parking, food court vouchers and gift bags.

On Sunday morning, Feb. 12, there will be an ATP Doubles Pro-Am, a VIP experience playing with ATP singles and doubles stars (players to be announced on day of event) which also includes two Stadium Court Box seats for the Day session matches, Premier Parking, food court vouchers and gift bags.

Senior Days will offer attendees 55+ ‘Buy 1, Get 1 Free’ tickets on box and reserved seats on Saturday, Feb. 11, Monday, Feb.13 and Wednesday, Feb. 15.

Off-court offerings start with expanded food and beverage options including the food court and food carts, the Raeburn Winery Wine and Prosecco Lounge, VIP Clubhouse Lounge, Subculture Coffee Lounge, brick oven pizza from That’s Amore!, Mark’s Bistro, Guaca Go, The Bloody Mary Experience, Dano’s Tequila Den and the Stoli Bar, home of the tournament’s official cocktail, the Stoli Slice. And believe it or not, that’s just the beginning!

The much-loved VIP Reception just happens to take place on Valentine’s Day this year, Tuesday evening, Feb. 14. The annual ‘ultimate mixer’ is a private event where Delray Beach Open’s Partners and VIP’s can enjoy culinary offerings by VIP Caterers and spirits by Stoli Vodka, Raeburn Winery and Dano’s Tequila as they schmooze and groove in the tournament’s on-site Hospitality Pavilion, located just steps from the tennis center’s Stadium Court.

One of the highlights to Delray Beach’s social scene, the 16th Annual Chamber Bash & Box Series Holders’ Reception, presented by Baptist Health and sponsored by BlueIvy Communications and Carlton Fields, will take place on Wednesday evening, Feb. 15 at the tournament’s on-site Hospitality Tent. The private event for Delray Beach Open’s week-long Box series ticket holders features culinary delights provided by some of the best restaurants in town. The exclusive networking event, also located at the tournament’s on-site Hospitality Pavilion, includes Stadium Court Tickets to the evening’s matches, culinary offerings by Ziree Thai & Sushi, Harvest Seasonal Wine Bar, Windy City Pizza, Los Bocados and spirits by Raeburn Winery, Dano’s Tequila & more!

In partnership with Stoli Vodka, USTA Florida, and SFTC Clay Court Classic, the Delray Beach Open has announced the second annual PRIDE Night on Wednesday, Feb. 15 during Session 10. This year, Patrik Gallineaux, Stoli’s Global LGBTQ Ambassador, will be in attendance for the evening’s Coin Toss and festivities. PRIDE Night helps kick off the 33 annual Clay Court Classic, an official Gay & Lesbian Tennis Alliance (GLTA) tournament held in Fort Lauderdale that begins on Feb. 16 and attracts over 300 from all over the United States. Any ticket holder for that evening will be treated to a free clinic hosted by USTA Florida from 5:15 – 6:00 pm on the outer courts. Inquire about signing up.

Ladies Day Luncheons presented by Lilly Pulitzer will return on Wednesday, Feb. 15 and Thursday, Feb. 16. Sponsored by Raeburn Winery, Stoli Vodka, and the Bloody Mary Experience, the Ladies Day Luncheon offer guests more than just lunch. Tickets include Stadium Court seats to the day’s tennis matches, wine, bloody mary’s, Stoli Cocktails, raffle prizes, gift bags by Lilly Pulitzer and much more.

On Thursday, Feb. 16, the Delray Beach Open has announced a brand-new event for the 2023 tournament: Tacos, Tequila and Tennis presented by Dano’s Tequila. The inaugural event, benefitting the local non-profit organization Love Serving Autism, will offer samples of some of the best tacos Delray Beach (and its surrounding cities) has to offer while enjoying tequila cocktails provided by Dano’s Tequila, wine and beer at the on-site Hospitality Pavilion. From savory or sweet to spicy and crispy, there is sure to be a taco for everyone! After enjoying tacos and tequila, guests are welcome to head out to Stadium Court to watch the evening’s pro tennis matches. Second round matches will be featured during this night of tennis!

The always-sold-out Game, Set, Pour (Delray Beach Open on Tap!) will return with general and VIP access on Friday, Feb. 17. Billed as ‘The Ultimate Pairing Event,’ Game, Set, Pour will take place at the tournament’s on-site Hospitality Pavilion and will feature unlimited samplings of local beer, wine, spirits and food from top restaurants and bars around South Florida. This is the fourth year Game, Set, Pour will be part of the Delray Beach Open. Portions of the proceeds from the event to benefit KulaCares (https://www.kulacares.org/) the easy-to-use crowdfunding platform de-signed to connect teachers to the supplies and resources they need.

All individual session tickets for the Delray Beach Open are on sale now at https://yellowtennisball.com and start at just $42. Weeklong series packages can now be secured for a $100 deposit. Veranda series packages have already sold out, but a variety of series packages are still available starting at $750, including reserved seats, courtside box seats and on-court “Best Seats in the House.” Packages include parking and exclusive amenities, as an all-inclusive deal. A Finals Weekender package starts at $300 and includes quarterfinals through finals tickets. Visit www.YellowTennisBall.com or call 561-330-6000 for more information.

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