Welcome to Florida Week! As the tours head southeast for the Miami Open, TENNIS.com and Baseline will feature all things Sunshine State. You’ll learn about the personalities, stories, teams and venues that have made Florida one of the tennis capitals of the world. We’ll also be reporting from the Miami Open in Key Biscayne.
As you’ll learn this week, when it comes to tennis, Florida isn’t just a state—it’s a state of mind.
Florida and tennis belong together—there’s no question about it. You’re probably familiar with the peninsula’s most popular tennis cities, like Key Biscayne, Miami, Bradenton, Tampa, Boca Raton and even Lake Nona. But have you heard about Delray Beach?
It’s more than just the site of an ATP 250 tournament every February. While the Delray Beach Open sits on Atlantic Avenue, the part of Delray that really thrives in tennis potential is just two miles south, a few turns off of Linton Boulevard, surrounded by Lavers Circle and Egret Circle.
Like the street names hint at, the history of the property seems to be turning in circles. But wait, doesn’t one of those street names sound familiar?
In the late 1970s, Rod Laver’s second cousin, Ian, founded Laver’s International Tennis Resort in the heart of Delray Beach. The club, which had over 40 courts and included a condominium complex, hosted the first-ever Miami Open in 1985, then an ATP-only event called the Lipton International Players Championships.