On Wednesday, the Delray Beach Open announced that No. 5 ATP Tour ranked Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina has committed to playing and making his 2019 season debut in Delray Beach.
Making his fifth appearance and starting his season for the third consecutive year in Delray Beach this year, del Potro also won the 2011 singles title. Playing his first round match Tuesday, February 19, at 8:00 p.m., del Potro will follow 2018 Singles Champion Frances Tiafoe taking the court at 6:00 p.m. in a blockbuster night of play.
"I have great memories of Delray Beach and the fans, from winning the title in 2011 to starting my comeback here in 2016,” said Juan Martin del Potro. "This city will always be a special place for me."
Reaching a career-high singles ranking of No. 3 in 2018, del Potro was the US Open singles finalist (falling to ATP Tour No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the final), qualified for the Nitto ATP Finals for the fifth time and won his first ATP Masters 1000 title in Indian Wells defeating Roger Federer in the final.
To date, del Potro has captured 22 ATP singles titles including the 2009 US Open and boasts the most wins (10) over No. 1 ranked singles players including Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer which is the most by any player who has not been ranked No. 1. In 2016, del Potro led Argentina to their first Davis Cup Title and won the silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics and bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics.
“We’ve been fortunate to forge a special relationship with Delpo,” commented tournament Director, Mark Baron. “He enjoys the laid-back vibes of Delray Beach and is treated like family. He is family to all of us. We look forward to him launching another successful year starting here in Delray Beach.”