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Malisse Into Delray Beach After Win Over Nadal, Chennai Titles

January 8, 2007 01:19 PM

Delray Beach, FL (January 8, 2007) - Xavier Malisse, fresh off of winning the singles and doubles titles in Chennai yesterday, has entered the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships for the eighth time. Malisse's championship run in his first tournament of 2007 included a singles semifinal win over world No. 2 Rafael Nadal and another win over the Spaniard in the doubles final.

Malisse will be joined by several newcomers and a host of veteran players in the 15th annual Delray Beach ITC, which will be played at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center Jan. 27-Feb. 4, 2007.

Making his first appearance in Delray Beach will be Benjamin Becker, who rose to No. 58 in the world last year after beating Andre Agassi in the third round of the U.S. Open and sending the eight-time Grand Slam champion into retirement. Fellow German Rainer
Schuettler, No. 6 in the world in 2003, will also play here for the first time.

While Boca Raton's Vince Spadea returns to his hometown tournament for a record 10th time, Malisse is the most successful player in Delray Beach history. The Sarasota resident was the tournaments 2005 champion and runner-up to Tommy Haas last year, but he also reached Delray Beach finals in 2001 and 1999.  His double win in Chennai, a feat accomplished only once on the ATP Tour last year, gave him his second career ATP singles title and a third doubles title.

In addition to Malisse and Haas, who was an early commitment for tournament director Mark Baron, Davide Sanguinetti will give the event three former champions in its 2007 draw. The Italian returns for the first time since winning the 2002 title over Andy Roddick.

Baron has three wild cards available to add additional players to the field in the next three weeks.

More history will be in the making as the eight-day event is the first ATP tournament in the United States and one of 11 in the world to test a new round robin format. The new format will ensure that confirmed stars like world ranked No. 4 James Blake and No. 11 Haas play at least twice in the event.

For ticket information or information on the Delray Beach ancillary events, visit www.YellowTennisBall.com or call 561-330-6000.

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