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Delray Beach 2013 Player List

FOUR TOP 20 PLAYERS & FIVE FORMER CHAMPS HIGHLIGHT 2013 ITC SINGLES DRAW
Gael Monfils To Make First Appearance In Delray Beach ITC

Four Top 20 players and five former champions highlight the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships (ITC) acceptance list of ATP World Tour stars that was released today. The 21st annual tournament will be played February 22 – March 3 at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center.

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Jan/13

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Vince Spadea Has Officially Retired

Look, I know they had this little shindig across the world where Djoko, Murray and Fed were doing battle (did anyone seriously pay attention to the women’s event after Serena and Maria went down?), but the real news in tennis was being made in the USTA Florida blog where Vince Spadea announced he’s officially retired. Here’s the obit:

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Be forewarned, this is kind of a rant but one that maybe others recognise as well in terms of the tennis media.

As probably a lot of people wonder here already, and as Michael Chang is quoting as saying in this book: Why a book on Marcelo Rios? Well… I have posted maybe one or two reviews here on Amazon total but I think this deserves one. If not just because of the book itself but also the subject matter. And believe me I realise this will also seem probably like some form of soliloquy.

Like a lot of the reviewers here I was a huge admirer of Rios. Much has been written & said about him and I can only thank Scoop for writing this book.

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Jan/13

29

Attila Savolt Compares Playing Federer and Rios


Yesterday I had the enormous pleasure of meeting up with Attila Savolt at Stabucks at St. Armand’s Circle. The former ATP #58 agreed to meet up after his afternoon of work at the Water Club on Longboat Key, just a few miles north, to discuss in detail his 2002 Australian Open match against Roger Federer in exchange for a copy of my book about Marcelo Rios.

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Jan/13

28

The Colony, From Tennis Paradise To Ghost Resort


You’ve heard of The Colony. It’s the famous tennis resort on Longboat Key in Florida. Nick Bollettieri started his first academy there in the 1970s. U.S. Presidents and world famous movie stars and sports celebrities have stayed there. Big time tennis champions have played exhibitions on the main show court adjacent to the hotel complex. Tennis Magazine hailed The Colony as the #1 tennis resort in the USA seemingly every year.

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By Jayita Belcourt

Victoria “Vika” Azarenka has shown the world why she is the reigning World number 1, with a gutsy performance against China’s Li Na at the Australian Open Women’s Final in Melbourne.

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Jan/13

27

Dominant Djokovic


Novak Djokovic defeated Andy Murray in four hard fought sets to extend his reign of domination of the ATP Tour. This Australian Open title was his third consecutive and sixth overall major title.

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Jan/13

24

How on earth can Novak Djokovic lose now?


Novak Djokovic just destroyed Ferrer in a fashion we have rarely seen, in less than an hour and a half.

“This could be the best tennis, from start to finish, Djokovic has ever played,” complimented Tennis Channel analyst Justin Gimelstob.

“I played incredible tennis,” said Djokovic.

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Jan/13

23

Usual Suspects Duel Down Under In Mens Semis


Here we go again, Federer vs. Murray and Djokovic vs. Ferrer.

#1 Djokovic will be a heavy favorite to top feisty Ferrer but Murray vs. Federer promises to be an epic war.

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Jan/13

23

Sloane Stephens Shocks The World


Serena Williams stated earlier this year that she believes Sloane Stephens will someday be the world’s best tennis player. Those were words of extremely high praise, which may have floated by the ears and not taken seriously by some veteran pundits.

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