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Super-group Rockers in Recovery to Perform during Tournament, Tennis Attendees Receive Exclusive Access to Performances by Legendary Musicians DELRAY BEACH, FLORIDA: The 2012 Delray Beach International Tennis Championships (ITC) has announced the addition of a very special concert event to enhance its schedule of activities during the high-caliber tennis tournament. The performances will take place on Saturday, March 3, ATP World Tour Semi-final Day, and will feature the all-star band Rockers in Recoveryalong with a nationally renowned comedian. Ticket-holders for the Saturday sessions will have exclusive access to the concert*. The Rockers in Recovery Band is a supergroup consisting of legendary rock musicians including: Ricky Byrd (2012 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Nominee and formerly of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts), Richie Supa (Aerosmith and Richie Sambora), Kasim Sulton (Todd Rundgren), Liberty DeVitto (Billy Joel Band for 30 years), Mark Stein (Vanilla Fudge) and Christine Ohlman (SNL Band). Also joining the band will be motivational funnyman, Comedian Mark Lundholm. Rockers In Recovery, an Addiction Community...

(L to R) Mikael Pernfors, Jimmy Arias, Michael Chang, Ivan Lendl, Aaron Krickstein, Michele Baron, Ivan Baron, Johan Kriek Special Event Brings Players and South Florida Community Together Sponsors of the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships and their guests had an opportunity to meet and mingle with six of the eight players in this year’s ATP Champions Tour tournament during a VIP-Sponsors’ dinner reception Friday night at the tournament’s hospitality pavilion. Eight-time Grand Slam champion Ivan Lendl joined Jimmy Arias, Michael Chang, Aaron Krickstein, Johan Kriek and Mikael Pernfors during the special event that provided the guests with picture opportunities while they were treated to a buffet catered by Gourmet Expressions. A wine tasting was provided by Castle Rock Winery. Pat Cash and Carlos Moya were unable to attend because they were paired in the first match of the tournament. Following the meet-and-greet with the players, the guests were...

No. 2 Cilic Goes Down In First Tournament Back By Steve Dorsey Top-seeded John Isner turned back an inspired effort by fellow American Jesse Levine to take a straight-sets victory, but Finland’s Jarkko Nieminen upset No. 2 seed Marin Cilic of Croatia in first-round action Tuesday afternoon at the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships. Isner, ranked No. 11 in the world, registered a 6-4, 7-6(15) win against Levine, who brought a ranking of No. 133 to Delray Beach. Levine had five set points in the second set, but each time the 6-foot-10 Isner was serving. Isner clinched the match when he won his sixth match point of the set when Levine hit a backhand long. Isner now is 9-1 in tiebreakers this year. The hard-fought win moves Isner to the second round where he will face American Ryan Sweeting, who breezed to a 6-1, 6-1 win against Donald Young on...

Ivan Lendl Moves Into ATP Champions Final To Face Carlos Moya By Steve Dorsey Eighth-seeded Bernard Tomic of Australia advanced to the second round with a straight-set victory, Ivan Lendl secured a chance to add yet another title to his lengthy resume, and qualifiers filled the final four open lines for the singles main draw Monday at the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships. Tomic, who is making his Delray Beach debut, dispatched wild-card entrant Tommy Haas of Germany 6-4, 6-3 in the final first-round match of the first day of the main draw competition. Tomic began his 2012 season by advancing to his first semifinal on the ATP Tour at the Brisbane International where he lost to World No. 4 Andy Murray in straight sets, and followed that up with a 4th round showing at the Australian Open.  He entered the Delray Beach ITC ranked No. 37 and hopes...

Carlos Moya Tops Idol Ivan Lendl For His 5th Champions Tour Title By Steve Dorsey Carlos Moya’s professional tennis career was dealt a blow two years ago when a foot injury forced his retirement from the ATP World Tour. But Moya, who captured 20 ATP World Tour titles, has made a comeback of sorts on the ATP Champions Tour. Moya defeated eight-time Grand Slam champion Ivan Lendl, his boyhood idol, 6-4, 6-4 Tuesday night at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center to claim his fifth title since joining the ATP Champions Tour last year. “It was a strange feeling to see him across the net. I used to watch him a lot,” Moya, 35, said of Lendl, who turns 52 next week. “He played great.” Moya, who finished the 2011 Champions Tour ranked No. 1, won all four of his matches in the eight-player tournament that was part of this...

[frame align="left"][/frame] Isner Continues On Track While No. 8 Seed Anderson Rebounds To Beat Favorite Roddick By Steve Dorsey South African Kevin Anderson stunned local favorite Andy Roddick in a singles quarterfinal match Friday night at the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships to set the stage for a couple of interesting semifinal matches on Saturday. Anderson, the No. 7 seed here this week, rallied after losing the first set to oust No. 4 seed Roddick with a 2-6, 7-6(9), 6-4 victory that advanced the 6-foot-8 right-hander to a matchup Saturday against No. 1 seed and 6-foot-10 American John Isner in the semifinals. Isner, who is a career-high No. 11 in the ATP World Tour rankings, made quick work of No. 8 seed Bernard Tomic of Australia in the quarterfinals Friday afternoon. Isner, the No. 2 American, needed only 56 minutes to defeat Tomic 6-3, 6-2. Tomic was making his first...