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14th Annual Delray Beach ITC Qualifying This Weekend

January 24, 2006 09:54 AM
The 2006 Delray Beach ITC qualifying tournament is coming up this Saturday and Sunday (1/28 & 1/29) at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center. Saturday’s rounds begin at 10:00 am while Sunday’s are at noon. Admission is free to the public. Four players advance into the main draw.
 
A new ATP doubles scoring format has been introduced. Doubles teams will play two sets to 6 games with no-ad scoring, and regular tie-breaks are in effect for sets reaching 6-6. At a set apiece, a match tie-break is played. The first team to 10 points—with a two-point margin—wins.
 
Several of the Delray Beach ITC’s special events are sold out. Ladies Day Luncheons on Wednesday and Thursday (2/1 & 2/2) are sold out, as is Tuesday’s (1/31) Grandslam Tennis League Charity Dinner, a gathering that raises money for the American Diabetes Association. Friday night’s (2/3) VIP Dinner Party is also sold out.
 
Seniors have two special sessions to enjoy discounts at the Delray Beach ITC. Seniors purchasing a reserved seat or box seat for Wednesday or Thursday day sessions (2/1 & 2/2) will receive a second ticket FREE. Tickets must be purchased at the on-site box office.
 
Kidz Day at the Delray Beach ITC is on semifinal Saturday, and 14-and-under kids get a half-price break on grandstand tickets for the day session when accompanied by an adult. There will be a scavenger hunt for the “Treasured Ball”  following the day matches.
 
Special ticket promotions benefiting the community include Community Food Drive Days on Monday and Tuesday (1/20 & 1/31) where each donation of four (4) non-perishable canned food items earns a free grandstand ticket and Raise A Racquet Day on Friday’s (2/3) afternoon session where a usable racket nets two FREE grandstand tickets. All items must be brought to the on-site box office during those promotional sessions. Racquets will be donated to the Pompey Youth Park Tennis Program while food donations benefit the Community Food Pantry.
 
Defending champion Xavier Malisse will be honored with a private “Breakfast at Tiffany” event Sunday (1/29) at the Tiffany & Co. store in the Town Center Mall in Boca Raton. The special recognition is for Malisse’s first career ATP title that came last February in Delray Beach. The Belgian has played in six ITC tournaments and reached a tournament-best three finals.
 
Louise Russ of Boca Raton, the top-ranked national USTA player in the 75-and-older division, will be honored during Senior Day on Wednesday (2/1). The 76-year old did not lose a match in 2004 and won the USTA’s Grand Slam of Tennis that year in both singles and doubles. John Schoppe of Ameriprise Financial, which is sponsoring the day’s activities, will present her with an award in between matches on stadium court.
 
Kids from the First Serve Tennis Program’s Palm Beach County chapter will spend the week volunteering at the Delray Beach ITC, learning first-hand what it takes to put on a professional tennis tournament. They’ll lend a hand cutting racquet strings, running errands for players, assisting with the Sea Island Resorts Fast Serve Challenge for Charity, and other activities on tournament grounds. First Serve is a not-for-profit organization that utilizes tennis as a way to “empower youth” with skills, values and experience they need to be responsible, productive and successful in life.
 
There will be a demonstration of one the newest fitness crazes—Cardio Tennis—on Wednesday (2/1) before the evening session at the Delray Beach ITC. Cardio Tennis incorporates fitness and tennis workouts and has nearly 1,000 programs going in cities across the U.S.
 
Four seats are available on-court for fans to purchase—the BEST SEATS IN THE HOUSE. BEST SEATS are going fast—only a few sessions remain. Fans are actually “in the ring.” Call 561-330-6000 for more information.
 
Only a handful of reserved seats and box seats remain for the final on Sunday (2/5) at 1:00 pm.
 
Public Parking Information: General parking in a nearby lot ($7) is available for all sessions, and satellite parking with a shuttle to the Stadium & Tennis Center is available for $5. Limited valet spots are available for $15.
 
Tournament information throughout the week will be posted on www.YellowTennisBall.com <http://www.YellowTennisBall.com> , including live scoring.
 

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