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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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I watched the second set tie-breaker between Monfils and Lleyton Hewitt today. The breaker was Monfils for the taking. He had openings, he has the bigger serve, but I’ve never seen a top-20 player sabotage himself as much as Monfils does. He hits the ball almost with a nonchalant whip. He tries shots that made Boris Becker, who was announcing the match on the Tennis Channel, say, “Monfils was going for the reaction of the crowd rather than a winner on that shot.” And he misses on balls that he seems to just give up on. It’s almost like he cares more about winning style points than matches. Hewitt, of course, is the exact opposite. The Aussie’s game is more metronomic than flashy and all he cares about is getting the Big W. (And maybe uttering a couple of good ‘ol “Come on’s!” and having his pretty blonde wife who’s always in a sun dress, smile down on him from the stands.)

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