January 11th, 2016
ATP Delray Adds Anderson, Karlovic, Tomic to 2016 Field
Top 20 ATP stars Kevin Anderson and Bernard Tomic, along with defending champion Ivo Karlovic, highlight a list of players who have been added to the 2016 Delray Beach Open’s ATP World Tour field.
The three join early signees Milos Raonic, Grigor Dimitrov and Tommy Haas in headlining the 24th annual event. The lineup gives the event a trio of Top 20 players — Anderson (No. 12), Raonic (No. 14) and Tomic (No. 18) — and former champions Haas (2006), Anderson (2012) and Karlovic (2015).
The 10-day event, which includes a three-day ATP Champions Tour event over President’s Day weekend, takes place Feb. 12-21, 2016 at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center. The event is the only one in the world that includes ATP Champions Tour and ATP World Tour events at the same venue in the same week.
Raonic, who this past weekend defeated Roger Federer in the Brisbane International final, reached world No. 4 in 2014. The 23-year-old Tomic finished 2015 with the highest ranking of his career, while the 24-year-old Dimitrov will seek to replicate a 2015 season that saw him play in the Wimbledon semifinals and finish just outside of the world Top 10 at No. 11.
Four Americans are among the entries: 2014 Delray Beach semifinalist Steve Johnson (ranked No. 32), 2015 Delray Beach runner-up Donald Young (No. 48), veteran Sam Querrey (No. 59) and 23-year-old Denis Kudla (No. 69). A pair of wild cards that are still held by tournament director Mark Baron will complete the singles draw.
The Bryan Brothers head the 16-player doubles field and will be making their ninth Delray Beach doubles appearance; the all-time top doubles duo in the world is after their fifth DBO title and have 109 career tournaments wins as they start the 2016 season.
The ATP Champions Tour six-player field features a U.S. team of James Blake, Mardy Fish and Aaron Krickstein playing an international team of Mark Philippoussis, Sebastien Grosjean and Greg Rusedski in the three-day tournament.
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