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Roddick To Return To Delray Beach

Delray Beach, U.S.A.

Former US Open champion Andy Roddick will headline the ATP World Tour event while tennis Hall-of-Famer Ivan Lendl will lead the eight-player ATP Champions Tour event at the 20th annual Delray Beach International Tennis Championships next February.

The combined ATP tennis event, played at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center, has been moved back one week on the ATP World Tour calendar to February 24 - March 4.
 
"Our 2012 field is off to a flying start with Andy and Ivan on board," said Delray Beach ITC tournament director Mark Baron. "We look forward to welcoming Andy back and seeing him play great tennis, and having Ivan play in Delray Beach for the first time is something I am looking forward to. He redefined the game."

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Roddick has been the most successful American over the past decade and enjoyed a five-year run in the Top 5. The 28-year-old former Boca Raton resident has reached the finals of five Grand Slams and in 2003 became the youngest American ever to be ranked No. 1 at the age of 21.
 
"I am really looking forward to returning to Delray," said Roddick, winner of 30 tour-level titles and 33 US Davis Cup singles matches - second only to John McEnroe. "I have a lot of great memories playing so close to where I grew up. You can truly feel the local support of the fans and the city for the tournament."
 
Lendl, the eight-time Grand Slam champion who has lived in Florida for more than a decade, will headline an eight-player ATP Champions Tour field that also includes fellow Grand Slam champions Mats Wilander and Pat Cash.
 
"I am very much looking forward to playing in Delray Beach in February," said Lendl, who was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2001. "I have heard many good things about the event and it will be enjoyable to play against my old rivals in front of fans who really appreciate tennis."
 
The Czech-turned US citizen was the world's No. 1 player for 270 weeks during his career, and he was the year-end No. 1 four times (1985-87, 1989). He played in eight consecutive US Open finals, winning the event three straight years from 1985 to 1987, and compiled an amazing 144 tournament wins.  
 
Joining Lendl, Wilander and Cash in the ATP Champions Tour event will be 1986 French Open finalist Michael Pernfors of Vero Beach, Boca Raton's Aaron Krickstein, the youngest ever Top 10 player at age 17, and Jimmy Arias, No. 6 in the world as a 19-year old in 1983. Wilander, Cash and Krickstein have played in the ATP Champions Tour event since its inception in 2009 and Pernfors and Arias played last February.
 
Roddick has played in four Delray Beach ITC ATP World Tour events and last played in 2003. He was the top seed in last year's draw, but a bout with the flu put on hold his return to the tournament where he played his first professional match.
 
The tournament is kicking off its third annual "US Open Ticket Promotion," offering discounts on Delray Beach ITC tickets for the 18-session, 10-day event.
 
Beginning Sunday, August 28 at 8:00 am and ending Sunday, September 11 at midnight, a 10 percent discount will be offered on all individual box seats ($70 - $90 regular price) and Reserved Series packages ($220 - $540 regular price), while individual reserved seats ($40 - $60 regular price) will be discounted 15 percent.
 
The most popular Reserved Series packages include the Diamond Series ($540 regular price, all 18 sessions); the Champions Series ($320 regular price, sessions 1-9), which combines all ATP Champions Tour matches and four ATP World Tour sessions; the World Tour Series($430, sessions 6-18), including All ATP World Tour matches plus two days of ATP Champions Tour matches (including the final); and the Weekender Series ($220 regular price, sessions 14-18), featuring ATP World Tour quarterfinals, semifinals and finals. All four packages will be discounted 10% during the promotional period.
 
Following the promotion, tournament packages will remain on sale, but individual tickets will not be available to the public again until November 1.
 
Fans can order online through www.YellowTennisBall.com or by calling 561-330-6000. All ticket opportunities, prices and amenities are explained in detail on the website.

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