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Delray Beach ITC Pre-Qualifying Tournament Coming Up

December 2, 2008 01:36 AM

If you’ve got game and wonder how you might stack up against an ATP tennis pro, your best shot could come next month at the Delray Beach Stadium and Tennis Center.

Players who register for the November 15-17 Delray Beach International Tennis Championships (ITC) Pre-Qualifying Tournament are taking their first step toward earning a berth in the 17th annual Delray Beach ITC. The ATP World Tour event already includes U.S. Open quarterfinalist Mardy Fish in its draw as well as the world’s No. 1 doubles team of Bob and Mike Bryan.

Local players will join more than 100 players from countries throughout the world in a run for the Pre-Qualifying Tournament title. The winner gets a wild card into the Delray Beach ITC Qualifying Tournament (February 21-22); the four semifinalists from the Qualifying Tournament advance to the main draw of the $500,000 Delray Beach ITC, scheduled for February 23-March 1, 2009.

The long-shot dream-come-true did become reality for a player in recent years. That was West Palm Beach’s Adrian Bohane, who won the 2004 Pre-Qualifying tournament, swept through the Qualifying Tournament and found himself in a first-round main draw match against James Blake.

To register for the Pre-Qualifying Tournament, go to usatennisflorida.com or directly to: http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=61349.

Complete Delray Beach ITC 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 World 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 World Tour events scheduled in the United States for 2009. For more information, please visit www.YellowTennisBall.com.

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With 63 tournaments in 30 countries, the ATP World Tour 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 World Tour 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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