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‘Survivor’ Tennis Tournament Offers Chance at the Pros; Winner Earns Delray Beach Open Qualifying Wild Card

October 10th, 2023

As a last-minute alternate into the Delray Beach Open qualifying draw last February, Palm Beach County’s Matija Pecotic earned his way into his first ATP Tour main draw at age 33. photo credit: Andrew Patron

For tennis players who think they have what it takes to play in an ATP pro event, now is their chance to prove it. The Delray Beach Open, an ATP 250 tournament, offers a chance for one player to play in the tournament’s qualifying draw by winning a “Survivor” tournament. Up-and-coming junior players, college players, aspiring pro players and club champions can compete for a chance to play in the big leagues of pro tennis.

The Survivor event is scheduled for Nov. 11-13 at the Pro World Tennis Academy in Delray Beach. All participants will receive a complimentary ticket to a session (TBA) of the 2024 Delray Beach Open. Online registration for the event must be completed before 6 p.m. ET on Nov. 8.

The Survivor winner will earn a wild card spot into the 2024 Delray Beach Open qualifying draw Feb. 10-11 at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center. Out of the 16-player draw, four will advance to the tournament’s main draw played Feb. 12-18. The 2023 champion of the ATP 250 tournament, world No. 7 Taylor Fritz, moved up to No. 5 a week after his Delray Beach victory and reached the US Open quarterfinals later in the year.

Since 2002, the Delray Beach Open has offered the Survivor qualifying wild card. American Stefan Kozlov was the most recent Survivor winner to reach the main draw in 2020. Continuing on that success, he reached the quarterfinals in 2022. Qualifiers have a history of success at the Delray Beach Open. There have been three winners of the ATP Tour 250 event who first came through qualifying – Ernests Gulbis (2013), Kei Nishikori (2008) and Andrew Ilie (1998). On four other occasions, a qualifier finished as the runner-up.

At the 2023 tournament Matija Pecotic, a last-minute alternate into the qualifying, won two matches to reach his first ATP Tour main draw as a 33-year-old with a full-time office job, and then upset former champion Jack Sock for his first ATP Tour match win. The success propelled Pecotic to give his tennis career another shot. He has nearly cut his ranking in half from No. 784 at last February’s Delray Beach Open to No. 398 in September.

Series and individual tickets for the 2024 Delray Beach Open are on sale now at the new-look tournament website at www.DelrayBeachOpen.com or by phone at 561-330-6000. The 10-day tournament begins with an ATP Champions Tour event opening weekend Feb. 9-11 featuring a field of the game’s legends along with the qualifying-round matches on Feb. 10-11. Singles and doubles main draw action for the ATP 250 event starts Monday, Feb. 12 and concludes with the finals on Sunday, Feb. 18.

The Delray Beach Open will celebrate its 32nd overall event in 2024. The Delray Beach stop on the global ATP Tour annually plays in front of over 60,000 fans in addition to reaching television audiences in more than 100 countries over the course of 10 days.

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Disclaimer – Match schedule, including number of sessions, dates, times, number of matches and players scheduled are subject to change. Tickets are not eligible for refund or exchange.

About The Delray Beach Open: 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 9-18, 2024 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 Tour events in the United States. The 3-day, ATP Champions Tour event is in its 15th year and was the first-ever ATP Champions Tour event played on US soil. The 2024 edition of the ATP 250 event will be its 32nd overall. Each year the Delray Beach Open 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 DelrayBeachOpen.com.

About the ATP: As a global governing body of men’s professional tennis, the ATP’s mission is to serve tennis. We entertain a billion global fans, showcase the world’s greatest players at the most prestigious tournaments, and inspire the next generation of fans and players. From the ATP Cup in Australia, to Europe, the Americas and Asia, the stars of the game battle for titles and Pepperstone ATP Rankings points at ATP Masters 1000, 500 and 250 events, and Grand Slams. All roads lead towards the Nitto ATP Finals, the prestigious season finale held in Turin, Italy. Featuring only the world’s top 8 qualified singles players and doubles teams, the tournament also sees the official crowning of the year-end ATP World No. 1, presented by Pepperstone, the ultimate achievement in tennis. For more information, please visit www.ATPTour.com.

About The City of Delray Beach: In southeast Palm Beach County, along 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. In 2017 alone the city received three awards: the “All-America City” award from the National Civic League (NCL) for literacy strides (the NCL also recognized Delray Beach in 1993 and 2001), a “Playful City USA” designation for providing 24 playgrounds for residents, and the recognition of Atlantic Avenue 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 Delray as one of the “Best Atlantic Beaches in Florida.”

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