Andy Roddick is coming back to "The Beach." The former Boca Raton resident and 2003 US Open champion/year-end No. 1 will return to the tournament where he made his pro debut when he plays in the 2011 Delray Beach International Tennis Championships (ITC) ATP World Tour event set for February 18 - 27 at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center.
"It's so great to have Andy come home where he started," said tournament director Mark Baron, who gave a 17-year-old Roddick his first wild card into an ATP-level event in 2000. "Everyone has been asking for the last six years 'when is he going to come back?"
Joining Roddick are other American's Mardy Fish and John Isner and 2009 US Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro making his Delray Beach debut.
If the action of the biggest names in tennis today is not enough, the Delray Beach ITC has more – the return of the extremely popular ATP Champions Tour. Headlining the second-year event are John McEnroe and Mark Philippoussis who are providing the star power for the eight-player tournament that features former world-ranked No. 1 players, Grand Slam champions and finalists and Davis Cup winners. McEnroe is returning to Delray Beach after reaching last year's final while Philippoussis is making his first appearance. Rounding out the Champions Tour field are Mats Wilander, Pat Cash, Greg Rusedski and Boca Raton's Aaron Krickstein.
The Delray Beach ITC has something for everyone, including great parties, phenomenal food and beverages, the world-famous ITC VolleyGirls and a Lifestyle Pavilion with live music daily, sports and tennis merchandise and interactive displays.
Visit www.yellowtennisball.com for a complete list of events, ticket promotions, charity partners and to purchase tickets. Tickets are also available at the box office where you can enjoy a more personal touch, or by calling 561-330-6000
2011 SPECIAL EVENTS
Tennis on the Ave. Exhibition
: Fri., Feb. 18. 5 pm In 2010, flock to Atlantic Ave. to see John McEnroe and Mats Wilander battle it for top honors playing tennis in the middle of Atlantic Ave. Free admission.
Mixed Doubles MEGA-Mixer
: Sat., Feb. 19. 9:15am. Are you a tennis player looking for love? The perfect game, set and [love] match? 'Mix' and 'mingle' with tennis singles while playing a one-of-a-kind mixed doubles mixer in a round robin, with the finals played with Chair Umpire and Ball-kids. Includes (1) Reserved Seat to the Opening Day’s ATP Champions Tour matches. $95pp
Ultimate Experience Charity Pro-Am
: Sun., Feb. 20. Amateurs competing with ATP Doubles pros for a once in-a-lifetime shot at playing on Stadium Court. Finals include a chair umpire and ball kids. Includes playing spot, breakfast, awards luncheon, two Stadium Court Box seats and parking for the ATP Champions Tour (Sun., Feb. 20: Day Session) & ATP World Tour matches (Fri, Feb. 25: Evening Session) $1,500 pp.
Ultimate Club Championships presented by New Balance
: Mon. and Tue., Feb. 21 & 22. 4pm. Broward and Palm Beach Clubs send their best to compete for the coveted ITC Cup. Men’s & Women’s 3.5 matches on Monday and 4.0 matches on Tuesday.
‘Series’ Box Holder Reception catered by City Oyster, House of Siam & Megumi Japanese Restaurant
: Mon., Feb. 21. 6 -7pm. One of the highlights to Delray Beach's social scene, this exclusive event is a private escape for Delray Beach ITC's elite week-long series ticket holders. For schmoozin', dining & drinking, this party is the ultimate mixer.
Ladies Day Luncheons presented by Altier Jewelers
: Wed., Feb. 23 & Thurs., Feb. 24. 11am – 12:30pm. Spend the day with your gal pals, favorite players, delicious food and tasty drinks. $59 – $78 per person, includes Box seats or Reserved seats, plus goodies.
USPTA Grand Prix
: Wed. & Thurs., Feb. 23 & 24. 11am Cheer on your favorite local USPTA teaching pros as they compete against each other in a unique doubles tournament. Matches will take place on 12 clay courts
WOW “Wilander on Wheels” Fantasy Camp
: Wed., Feb. 23 – Fri., Feb. 25, 9am - 4pm.The opportunity for tennis enthusiasts to live a dream – drill, play & interact one-on-one with an iconic tennis champion. Includes tennis instruction, games & drills, lunch, ‘chalk talk’ with Mats, Box seats to the ATP World Tour matches, autographed picture & more. $200 - $600pp
VIP Dinner Party
: Fri., Feb. 25, 6:00pm
A very special menu for a very special night. Beautiful buffet includes a selection of main courses with all the accompaniments, desserts and open-bar, plus Box seats & parking passes for the night. $129pp
USPTA Adult Cardio Tennis Clinic
: Fri., Feb. 25, 9 – 11am
Fine tune your game, fine tune your appetite and then sit back to watch the ATP pros do it just the way you would. Consult with your local USPTA pro for your spot in this special day.
: Sat., Feb. 26, 11:00am. Kick off Semi-final, “Super Saturday” with family & friends, interactive USTA Florida Quickstart activities, Rita’s Italian Ices & bounce house & more. Kidz receive free Grandstand seats or discount Reserved/Box seats for the day session!
Celebrity ‘Battle at the Baseline.’ Exhibition
: Sat., Feb. 26, 3:30pm. In 2010, radio celebrities Joe Rose & Sid Rosenberg paired with local amateurs & competed in a winner take all mixed-doubles set with one year’s worth of bragging rights. 2011 participants announced soon.
USTA Jr. Team Tennis Super Invitational
: Sat., Feb. 26 & Sun., Feb. 27.The future of tennis is here as local junior stars from across Florida compete throughout the day on the clay courts of the Delray Beach Tennis Center. Get their autographs now!
If You Can’t Be Here in Person
If you can’t be here in person, log onto the Delray Beach ITC's official web site at www.YellowTennisBall.com for a look at the very latest tournament developments. Enjoy live-scoring plus updated draws, schedules and the latest news posted continuously. If you lack Internet access, call (561) 330-6000 (Listen for Results and Schedule of Play