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Entertaining Twins To Top The Delray Beach ITC Ticket

September 22, 2008 09:49 AM

WORLD NO. 1 BRYAN BROTHERS MAKING RETURN TO DELRAY BEACH ITC

Delray Beach, FL (September 20, 2008)  - Followingtheirchampionshiprunatthe 2008 US Open, Bob and Mike Bryan, the world’s most celebrated doubles team of the decade, have confirmed that they will return to the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships in 2009 to play in the 17th annual event. The current world No. 1 team will make their second straight Delray Beach ITC appearance at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center February 21 - March 1, 2009.

Entertaining and energizing Delray Beach ITC crowds with their upbeat brand of tennis earlier  this  year,  the  Bryans  also  charmed  fans  with  off-court  appearances  that  included jamming with local bands while playing keyboards and drums.  The twins' popularity translated into the biggest crowd to watch a Delray Beach ITC doubles match in tournament history as they fell just short to 2008 champions Jamie Murray and Max Mirnyi.

“The in-your-face style of tennis that Bob & Mike bring to the court is so aggressive and fun to watch,” says Delray Beach ITC tournament director Mark Baron. “Sometimes it’s easy to overlook their greatness, and that they are on track to become the top doubles players in the history of our sport. We are thrilled for our fans and the City to have them back in Delray Beach in 2009.”

Touted by People Magazine in its “Doubly Delicious” section of its (2006) “Sexiest Man Alive” issue, the charismatic doubles duo is on the brink of historic feats in tennis. An expected No. 1 finish in the 2008 world rankings will mark the fifth time in 6 years that they have been the top doubles team - something  no other team in tennis history has accomplished.  The Bryan’s 49 ATP titles and 6 Grand Slam championships both rank No. 4 in the Open era, with the all-time mark of 61 titles within their reach.  The brothers have been stalwarts on the US Davis Cup team since 2004, and were 4-0 for the United States’ world championship squad in 2007.

The 2009 Delray Beach ITC will enjoy a new date on the ATP calendar, immediately following tournaments in San Jose and Memphis and preceding tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami.  As  the  lynchpin between these four events, the tournament is looking to surpass its best-ever attendance, including its record-setting championship weekend crowds last year when world-ranked Top-10 James Blake and the Bryans played to a full stadium.

Ticket packages to the 2009 Delray Beach ITC are available on the official tournament website  at  www.YellowTennisBall.com  or  by  calling  (561)  330-6000.  The Championship Series includes all 13 sessions for $280 while the Weekender includes the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals for $230 - 5 sessions in all. Box  seat packages are also on sale, ranging in price from $1,800 to $2,400 for four courtside tickets for all sessions, premier parking and invitations to the exclusive annual Box Holders Party. Complete  tournament  information can be found at the official tournament website, www.YellowTennisBall.com, at myspace and facebook ("DelrayBeachITC") or by calling the tournament office at (561) 330-6000.

About  the  Delray  Beach  International  Tennis  Championships:  The  Delray  Beach  International Tennis Championships is a $500,000 ATP Tour Event that is scheduled for February 21-March 1, 2009 at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center in Delray Beach, Florida. Coming up on its 17th year, and 11th in  Delray  Beach,  the  Delray  Beach  ITC  is  one  of  a  few  privately  owned  tournaments  in  the  world  and attracts thousands of visitors and a roster of some of the world’s most talented and exciting tennis players to South Florida. Celebrated in 2003 with the ATP Award of Excellence, the tournament is one of 12 ATP events scheduled in the United States for 2009. For more information, please visit www.YellowTennisBall.com. About ATP   With 63 tournaments in 30 countries, the ATP showcases the finest athletes competing in the world’s most exciting venues. From Australia to Europe and the Americas to Asia, the stars of the South African Airways ATP Rankings and the top tandems in the Stanford ATP Doubles Race contend for prestigious titles at ATP Masters Series and other ATP tournaments. The season's top eight singles players and doubles teams earn coveted berths at the elite Tennis Masters Cup, the circuit-ending championship held in China. For more information, please visit www.ATPtennis.com

 

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