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Delray Beach Open tennis tournament moving to early January

  • December 17, 2020
Delray Beach resident Reilly Opelka (left) and Yoshihito Nishioka shake hands after Opelka won last year's tournament.

DELRAY BEACH — The Delray Beach Open is moving to early January in 2021.

The tournament, long held in February, now will be a season-opening event on the ATP Tour. It will be held January 4-13. 

Due to COVID-19, attendance for each session will be capped at 2,000, just under 25 percent of the outdoor stadium’s capacity.

“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.”

Delray Beach’s Reilly Opelka won last year’s event – held a month before sports all over the world started shutting down because of the coronavirus pandemic.

This year’s tournament will feature the ATP Champions Tour legends event Jan. 4-6, which will run concurrently with the ATP 250 qualifying matches on Jan. 5-6. The main draw for the ATP 250 tournament, which will feature 28 players in singles and 16 teams in doubles, will begin Jan. 7 with two sessions each day until the finals are contested during a single session on Jan. 13. 

“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,” ATP Chairman Andrea Gaudenzi said. “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.”

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  561-330-6000. 

There is a special Holiday Sale on tickets if purchasing before midnight on Dec. 31. Using the promo code CHAMPION, a discount of 30% 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 10% off individual box seats for Sessions 5-14, while the code BELLS will provide a 20% discount on individual reserved seats for Sessions 5-14.

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