Delray Beach Open to be Highlighted by Match Between Coco Gauff and NCAA Champion Perez-Somarriba
15 Jan, 2020
The Delray Beach Open announced that global teen tennis star and local Delray Beach resident Coco Gauff will play 2019 NCAA Division I Singles Champion Estela Perez-Somarriba in the first women’s match held in the event’s history on Saturday, February 15th at 7 p.m.
Cori “Coco” Gauff made her splash on the tennis scene earlier this year at Wimbledon receiving a wild card into the singles qualifying tournament where she won consecutive straight-set matches before defeating Venus Williams in the first round and advancing to the second week. Following that, Gauff went on to capture her first WTA doubles title in Washington D.C. followed by her first WTA singles title in Linz, Austria. A Florida native who has captured the attention of tennis fans around the world and in her hometown, the former no. 1 junior in the world has risen from #686 in the WTA singles rankings prior to Wimbledon to her current ranking, #68.
“This will be a test, for both players. Not just their tennis, as both are obviously playing fantastic right now, but their minds as well, playing in front of a lot of fans with Coco growing up here and Estela playing her college tennis in South Florida,” said Mark Baron, Delray Beach Open Tournament Director. “It’s going to be a spirited match and a loud crowd.”
Taking on Gauff will be University of Miami Senior and 2019 NCAA Division I Singles Champion, Estela Perez-Somarriba, who is coming off of one of the best seasons in her collegiate career boasting a 43-5 win/loss record in singles during the 2018-2019 season and claiming the second NCAA Division I Singles Championship title in the program’s history. The third player in program history to reach the Sweet 16 three times, and the second to do so in back-to-back years, Perez-Somarriba received the Honda Sport Award for Tennis, was named ACC Player of the Year, ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year, ITA All-American (singles), ITA Collegiate All-Star Team, First Team All-ACC, All-ACC Academic Team, and received the ITA Southeast Region Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship & Leadership Award amongst other awards.
“I’m very grateful for this opportunity. Playing against this amazing and elite player will be a challenge that will prepare me for my next chapter,” commented Estela Perez-Somarriba. “I’m looking forward to enjoying my time at the Delray Open and learning from the experience.”
Following their match, Gauff and Perez-Somarriba will head to the VITACOST.com sponsor booth for a special autograph signing open to all fans in attendance.
The 10-day tournament will open Valentine’s Day weekend with an ATP Champions Tour legends event. The Team World vs. Team Europe match-up will showcase tennis greats David Ferrer, James Blake, Tommy Haas, Marcos Baghdatis and other fan-favorites.
Tickets are now available for the opening weekend schedule of matches as follows:
SESSION 1: , Feb. 14
- 6:00 p.m. Haas vs. Levine
- NB 8:00 pm Ferrer vs. Blake
SESSION 2: , Feb.15
- 12:30 p.m. Blake vs. Baghdatis
- NB 2:30 p.m. Ferrer vs. Levine
SESSION 3: , Feb.15
- 5:30 p.m. Baghdatis/Pernfors vs. Spadea/Kriek
- NB 7:00 p.m. Coco Gauff vs. Estela Perez-Somarriba
- NB 8:30 p.m. Haas vs. Spadea
SESSION 4: , Feb.16
- 12:30 p.m. Baghdatis/Ferrer vs. Spadea/Levine
- NB 2:30 pm Haas vs. Blake
On President’s Day Monday, Feb. 17, the game’s reigning stars take center court for the ATP 250 event. Fans can book now for the tournament’s “Super Tuesday” featuring Juan Martin del Potro, Kei Nishikori, Nick Kyrgios, Milos Raonic and the winningest team of all-time Bob and Mike Bryan kicking off their final Tour appearance in Delray Beach on Wednesday night.
Tickets can be purchased now for the following pre-scheduled ATP 250 matches:
SESSION 7: Tues., Feb. 18
- 12:30 p.m. Milos Raonic vs. TBD
- NB 2:30 p.m. Kei Nishikori vs. TBD
SESSION 8: Tues., Feb. 18
- 6:00 p.m. Nick Kyrgios vs. TBD
- NB 8:00 p.m. Juan Martin del Potro vs. TBD
SESSION 10: Wed., Feb. 19
- 6:00 p.m. 2nd Rounds Singles Match
- NB 8 p.m. Bob and Mike Bryan (the “Bryan Brothers”) vs. TBD
For those who are hands-on tennis fans, they can get on-court and play with the tournament’s players, or purchase tickets for their loved ones, for the following one-on-one opportunities:
- Legends Clinic: Featuring ATP Champions Tour players, train one-on-one with members of Team World and Team Europe including James Blake, Tommy Haas, David Ferrer, Marcos Baghdatis and more. Cost $599 + tax per person.
- ATP Doubles Pro-Am: An opportunity to“partner-up” with doubles players competing in the main draw at Delray Beach Open. Cost: $500 + tax per person.
- Bryan Brothers Clinic: A once-in-a-lifetime and final opportunity to learn from the winningest doubles team – the Bryan Brothers – in an exclusive one-hour clinic. Cost $599 + tax per person.
Whether you’re spending all 10 days at “The Beach” or a few preferred sessions, the tournament offers a perfect ticket for everyone. Aside from the above promotional offers, individual tickets for all sessions are on sale now and start as low as $30. The economical “Flex-Three” package offers 20% off box and reserved stadium court seats when three or more tournament sessions are purchased (offer ends January 19, 2020 and excludes the Sunday ATP 250 Finals, February 23, 2020). Tennis fans can also take advantage of the “Daily Double” special with ticket buyers receiving 10% off box and reserved stadium court seats when tickets are purchased for the day and evening session for the same day (offer ends January 19, 2020).
See the full lineup of offers, parties, special events, food and beverage options and more at YellowTennisBall.com or call 561-330-6000.
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About The Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com: The only tournament in the world featuring an ATP Champions Tour event and an ATP Tour event in the same week at the same venue is held in Delray Beach, Florida, February 14-23 at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center. The ATP Tour's first North American hard court event of the outdoor season is one of just 10 ATP World Tour events in the United States. 2020 will be its 22nd year in Delray Beach, and 28th overall. The 3-day, ATP Champions Tour team-event is in its 11th year and was the first-ever event played on US soil. Each year the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com brings world-class tennis players and thousands of visitors to Delray Beach and Palm Beach County. In 2010, the tournament received the Discover The Palm Beaches Florida's annual Providencia Award for its extraordinary contribution to tourism. The City of Delray Beach was also a finalist for the USTA's "Best Tennis Town" Award and in 2003, the tournament was the recipient of an "ATP Award of Excellence." For more information please visit www.YellowTennisBall.com.
About the ATP: The ATP is the governing body of the men's professional tennis circuits - the ATP Tour, the ATP Challenger Tour and the ATP Champions Tour. With 63 tournaments in 30 countries, the 2020 ATP Tour showcases the finest male athletes competing in the world’s most exciting venues. From Australia to Europe and the Americas to Asia, the stars of the 2020 ATP Tour will battle for prestigious titles and ATP Rankings points at ATP Masters 1000, 500 and 250 events, as well as Grand Slams (non-ATP events). At the end of the season only the world’s top 8 qualified singles players and doubles teams will qualify to compete for the last title of the season at the Nitto ATP Finals. Held at The O2 in London, the event will officially crown the 2020 ATP Tour No. 1. For more information, please visit www.ATPTour.com.
About the ATP Champions Tour: The ATP Champions Tour brings together many of the greatest tennis players in history for nostalgic, competitive and entertaining tournaments around the world. Players are either formerly ranked No. 1 in the world in singles, a Grand Slam singles champion or finalist, or a singles player on a winning Davis Cup team. Players must be retired from ATP Tour competition and each event can invite wild card entrants of its choice. The Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com features a 3-day team-format.
About The City of Delray Beach: In the southeast corner of Palm Beach County on the Atlantic seashore, a Village by the Sea that began as an agricultural community in 1895 has become one of Florida's most popular destinations for visitors, new families and seasonal residents. The City of Delray Beach encompasses slightly over 16 square miles with a permanent population of nearly 65,000 and growing. The City’s charm continues to garner national awards, including three in 2017: an “All-America City” award from the National Civic League for literacy strides (the city was also recognized in 1993 and 2001), a “Playful City USA” designation for providing 24 playgrounds for residents, and the recognition of Atlantic Ave as one of the “10 Great American Shopping Streets” by USA Today. In 2012 during the nationally televised "Best of the Road" special, Delray Beach was chosen by Rand McNally, USA Today and the Travel Channel as the "Most Fun Small Town" in America. In 2014, USA Today named it as one of the "Best Atlantic Beaches in Florida."