ATP CHAMPIONS TOUR GETS UNDERWAY FRIDAY
Lots of Action At The Delray Beach ITC For The Next 10 Days
The 21st annual Delray Beach ITC is set to get underway Friday with the ATP Champions Tour leading off: a pair of evening matches will pit Boca Raton’s Aaron Krickstein against defending champion Carlos Moya at 6:30 pm and John McEnroe facing Pat Cash in the nightcap at 8:30 pm.
The legends will continue to play their round robin tournament into Saturday, with four matches scheduled at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center. The match not to miss? McEnroe will meet old nemesis Mats Wilander at 8:30 pm on center court.
The three-day ATP World Tour qualifying rounds also get underway on Saturday on the Tennis Center’s outer courts.
One of the most intimate sites on the ATP World Tour calendar is about to be busy for the next 10 days as the
2013 Delray Beach ITC gets underway…Photo By: Alese Pechter
The ATP Champions Tour’s two players with the best results in round robin play will meet for the title Sunday at 3:00 pm. The 3rd/4th playoff begins at 1:00 pm.
The ATP World Tour main 32-player draw begins Monday with a host of players competing for the title.
Early favorites are No. 12 Marin Cilic, who is at the doorsteps of the Top 10; top American and world No. 16 John Isner; and four players who are all considered Top 20 material: No. 2 American Sam Querrey, former ITC champions Tommy Haas and Kei Nishikori, and Alexandr Dolgopolov.
The No. 21 Querrey is playing on a wild card while No. 18 Haas (2006) and No. 22 Nishkori (2008) are bidding for their second Delray Beach titles. Dolgopolov, just 24 years old, is at No. 23.
Don’t count out defending champion Kevin Anderson (No. 30), who is always dangerous with his big serve.
Music, food and a total entertainment experience, including nightly concerts by local bands on the ADT Main Stage, are part of the intimate site atmosphere at the Delray Beach ITC. Special events include USTA Kidz Day (Sat, Feb. 23 –register by calling 561-385-7399), Ladies Luncheons (Wed/Thurs, Feb. 27 & 28), and the ITC Dinner Party (Fri, Mar. 1).
It’s Delray Beach’s turn to shine as Tennis Channel will broadcast more than 25 hours of domestic coverage, and more than 50 hours that will reach an international audience in more than 130 countries…Photo By: Alese Pechter
New for 2013 is PGA TOUR Superstore-sponsored “Honda Classic Watch Party” at the on-site Corona Beach Bar. From Thursday through Sunday (Feb. 28 – March 3), fans can catch the PGA’s TV coverage while bellying up to the bar in between the tennis action.
Several ticket promotions are scheduled for the week, with the tournament’s long-time “Food Drive,” presented by Champion Porsche, during Monday and Tuesday (Feb. 25 & 26) day sessions and “Senior Days” on Wednesday and Thursday’s (Feb. 27 & 28) day sessions.
Fans get a complimentary day session grandstand seat when donating eight non-perishable food items during the “Food Drive.” The “Senior Days” promotion is a buy-one, get-one free offer on all box and reserved tickets for fans 55 and over.
Tickets for all 17 sessions of the 10-day event can be purchased on-line at www.YellowTennisBall.com or by calling 561-330-6000. General parking is $5.
Fans will notice several new tournament wrinkles, the most prominent being the addition of Hawk-Eye, the ball-tracking line-calling system. Stadium Court fans will be able to call the ball in our out as the Stadium’s video board shows the challenge replay. Hawk-Eye is used at more than 70 tennis venues, and a sponsorship with The Palazzo Hotel in Las Vegas has made the system possible in Delray Beach.
Also new at the ITC is expanded weeklong Tennis Channel coverage to both national and international audiences that will include more than 75 hours of tennis coverage.