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The Delray Beach International Tennis Championships: Record-Setting Tennis

March 6, 2008 11:18 AM

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Enjoying a record setting weekend of attendance, the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships crowned its youngest champion in history after an exciting week of pro tennis. Kei Nishikori, an 18-year-old qualifier, won his first ATP title during the 16th annual Delray Beach ITC, Feb. 9-17 by beating No. 1 seed James Blake in the final. Nishikori became the first Japanese player to win an ATP title in 16 years, and became an immediate hit in Asian news mediums.

A record 18,831 turned out at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center for the final weekend of the 16th annual Delray Beach ITC.  The event also drew 46,684 fans for the week - the third largest total in tournament history despite two sessions lost to rainouts.

Pro tennis wasn't the only enjoyment served up to fans during the week. Local bands playing a variety of music genres performed on Beck's Main Stage throughout the week while a Final Four of Wi was held on-site during semifinal Saturday. The bands had been chosen during a week-long pre-tournament local nightclub "Making A Racquet" tour, while the Wi competition was also held at satellite locations prior to the tournament. Also new to the tournament was internet telecasting on B2 Networks, which allowed Nishikori's parents and fans throughout the world to log on and see all stadium matches in Delray Beach.

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