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Florida Tennis Briefs(2): Roddick, Kozlov Descend on Delray

February 6, 2014 09:07 AM
Roddick at ATP Champions Tour Delray on Feb. 14-16

Roddick01The Delray Beach Open by The Venetian Las Vegas will kick off its ATP Champions Tour event on Feb. 14-16, 2014, with Andy Roddick leading Team USA in competition against Team Int'l, led by former Wimbledon champ Goran Ivanisevic.

The ATP Champions Tour event is the only ATP Champions Tour-sanctioned event in the U.S., and features players that have been ranked world No. 1, reached a Grand Slam singles final, or a singles player from a victorious Davis Cup team (plus 1-2 wildcard players).

Joining Roddick on Team USA are Aaron Krickstein and Jan-Michael Gambill, while Ivanisevic on the opposition teams with Mats Wilander and Mikael Pernfors.

Schedule of Play:

Fri., Feb. 14 -- Goran Ivanisevic vs. Jan-Michael Gambill, Andy Roddick vs Mats Wilander 
Sat., Feb. 15 -- Goran Ivanisevic vs. Aaron Krickstein, Mikael Pernfors vs. Jan-Michael Gambill, Mats Wilander vs. Aaron Krickstein, Andy Roddick vs. Mikael Pernfors
Sun., Feb. 16 -- Aaron Krickstein vs. Mikael Pernfors, Mats Wilander vs. Jan-Michael Gambill, Andy Roddick vs. Goran Ivanisevic

For match times, tickets and more info go to www.YellowTennisBall.com.

Junior Tennis Profile: Stefan Kozlov, Pembroke Pines
By Collette Lewis, USTA Florida junior tennis writer, www.zootennis.com

photo_op-KozlovUSTAFLStefan Kozlov had an outstanding December and January, reaching the finals of both the Metropolia Orange Bowl and the Australian Open Junior Championships.

The Pembroke Pines resident, who turned 16 on Feb. 1, has now climbed to No. 2 in the International Tennis Federation's world junior rankings.

Kozlov, who trains with his father Andrei at the Kozlov Tennis Academy in Pembroke Pines and also with the USTA in Boca Raton, split decisions with the world's top-ranked junior Alexander Zverev of Germany in those two prestigious tournaments. Kozlov defeated Zverev 7-6(2), 6-0 in the Orange Bowl semifinals at Veltri Tennis Center in Plantation, his fourth straight victory over Zverev.

When they met in the Australian Open boys final in Rod Laver Arena, top seed Zverev finally came out on top, defeating No. 2 seed Kozlov 6-3, 6-0.

After saving a match point in his first round match in Melbourne, Kozlov raised his level as the tournament progressed, but was unable to convert on his early opportunities against the big-serving German. An ankle injury early in the second set, Kozlov's second in two days, stalled any comeback.

"I needed to make points more aggressive because I couldn't really run," Kozlov said in his Australian Open press conference. "Both my ankles I rolled, so it was kind of tough. I think he played pretty well and I think the courts favor him here, really fast. He played really well, so, yeah, just give him credit."

Kozlov has also had success on the USTA Pro Circuit, reaching the quarterfinals in four Futures events in the past 18 months, and later this month he will test himself against the next level at the ATP's Delray Beach Open, where he won a wildcard tournament to gain entry into the qualifying.






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