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[frame align="left"][/frame] Kozlov won "Survivor I" over a field of 149 players Stefan Kozlov, the Pembroke Pines (FL) 15-year-old tennis phenom, won the “Survivor Series I” pre-qualifying title over a record field of 149 players at the Delray Swim & Tennis Club. The tournament is a pre-qualifying tournament for the Delray Beach Open Kozlov found himself down 5-2 in the third set to 18-year-old Spencer Papa, but put on a furious rally to claw his way to a 6-4, 2-6, 7-5 win. “I actually don’t know how I got through this match,” said Kozlov, who was born in Macedonia. “It was one of the toughest matches I have ever had. It was a coin flip really, we were both pretty tired. But I gave it my all.” Kozlov is the No. 13-ranked junior in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) world rankings, and along with Papa, trains at the USTA’s Training...

[frame align="left"][/frame] BARON VOTED TO USTA FLORIDA HALL OF FAME Tournament Chairman Reached No. 1 In The World As A Junior DELRAY BEACH, FL: Tournament chairman  Ivan Baron has been named to the USTA Florida Tennis Hall of Fame for his achievements as a junior player, a collegian and an ATP pro. Baron joins fellow junior standouts  Blaine Willenborg and  Mary Pierce in the Hall's Class of 2013. The Hall of Fame was established in 1981 to recognize Florida's former players, administrators or volunteers who have made outstanding contributions or demonstrated a high level of achievement in the sport of tennis. "Ivan was elected based on his level of accomplishments in junior tennis and his career as a young adult," said  Lynne Salus, USTA Florida volunteer manager and Awards Committee staff liason. "But he has also been a great partner with USTA Florida through his work with the Delray Beach tournament." Among Florida's 58 current Hall of Fame members...

Tilson PR Named Delray Beach Open Public Relations Agency of Record Boca Raton-based agency expands with internationally viewed event [frame align="left"][/frame] BOCA RATON, Fla. (Oct.24, 2013) – Tilson PR, a full-service public relations and social media agency, is pleased to announce their appointment as agency of record for the Delray Beach Open . Tilson PR will be responsible for building awareness with special focus in the lifestyle and travel industries leading up to and throughout the 10-day tennis tournament, which draws thousands of spectators to enjoy top-ranking tennis players competing in one of the most intimate and fan-friendly tournaments in professional sports. “We are thrilled to officially be a part of such a long-standing successful event hosted right in our backyard,” said Tracy Tilson, founder and president of Tilson PR. “Being based in a top travel destination allows the Tilson team to reach not only South Floridians,...

Isner, The Bryan Bros And Ivanisevic Head A Long List Of Stars Lining Up For 2014 [frame align="left"][/frame] Four of the current Top 20 singles players, the greatest doubles team of all time, and the 2001 Wimbledon champion are all included in a group of players who have signed on with the Delray Beach Open to play in the 22nd annual event next February.[frame align="right"][/frame] The world's only combined ATP World Tour and ATP Champions Tour event will be played February 14 - 23, 2014 at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center. It will be the 16th year that the tournament will be held in Delray Beach. The 32-player ATP World Tour field will include Top 20 stars Tommy Haas (No. 12), John Isner (No. 14), Kei Nishikori (No. 18) and Kevin Anderson (No. 20). Janko Tipsarevic, last year's ATP world No. 8, former world...

The Delray Beach International Tennis Championships (ITC) has engaged in a partnership with The Venetian® Las Vegas, changing the tournament's name to the Delray Beach Open by The  Venetian® Las Vegas to reflect the luxury hotel company's new affiliation as presenting sponsor. [frame align="left"][/frame]To usher in the new era, future Hall of Famer Andy Roddick will make his ATP Champions Tour debut in the city where he played his first professional tournament as an 18-year-old. Tournament founder Mark Baron, who also serves as the tournament director of the 22-year-old event, made the announcements Saturday. "The addition of as a partner is a key step in our growth," said Baron of the event's re-branding. "Over the years there have been changes and additions that were made to ensure that the event would grow and prosper. The Venetian is an internationally respected brand and their involvement and partnership will give us the flexibility to move our event to...

2013 USTA Boys’ & Girls’ 12 National Spring Championships hosted by City of Delray Beach Presented by Longines Tournament wraps with powerful message from the future of American Tennis April 13,2013; Delray Beach, FL – When the best 256 12-and-under boys and girls tennis players in the country gather for a USTA National Championships you don’t expect the week’s incredible tennis to be trumped by anything. I won’t say the magic performed by the tournament’s field of stars had a co-star but it had a wonderful supporting act in Mother Nature who, for the first time this writer can recall, barely played a role in the week’s activities. Perhaps that was part of the reason for the level of tennis we saw. Players stayed in rhythm and focus and produced a display of the sport that was something to be proud of, on and off the court. And...

USTA BOYS & GIRLS’ 12S NATIONAL SPRING CHAMPIONSHIPS WELCOMES  NEW PRESENTING SPONSOR – LONGINES MARCH 26, 2013: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Editors Note:  Complete roster of players and seeds will be released on April 1, 2013 DELRAY BEACH, FLORIDA: The USTA Boys’ & Girls’ 12s National Spring Championships is pleased to welcome one of the world’s most prestigious watchmakers – Longines – as a presenting sponsor for this year’s tournament.  Considered one of the nation’s most prominent amateur tennis tournaments, this televised event will bring the country’s highest-ranked 256 players, 12 years old and younger, to compete in Delray Beach, Florida, April 7-12, 2013.  Longines has a heralded tennis heritage serving as the official timekeeper and partner of the French Open. The Spring Championships will also serve as the U.S. qualifier for Longines Future Tennis Aces with the winner of the Boys 12s singles division earning a once-in-a-lifetime trip to...

[column size="2-4" last="0" style="0"] [/column] GULBIS BREAKING BACK WITH DELRAY BEACH TITLE [column size="00-1" last="1" style="1"]Americans Blake and Sock Get Upset Win In Doubles by Steve Dorsey DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – He played eight matches in nine days, and late Sunday afternoon Ernests Gulbis reaped the fruits of his labor when he hoisted the championship trophy at the ATP World Tour’s Delray Beach International Tennis Championships. Gulbis won his first title of the year on a chilly, windy day at the Delray Beach Stadium and Tennis Center with a 7-6(3), 6-3 win against Edouard Roger-Vasselin in a final that matched two players ranked outside the ATP top 100 for the first time since 2007. The victory earned the 24-year-old Gulbis, No. 109 in the ATP rankings, a $78,000 paycheck and 250 rankings points that will vault him well into the top 100 and close to the top 50. Despite losing the final,...

[column size="2-4" last="0" style="0"] [/column] UPSETS PROPEL GULBIS AND ROGER-VASSELIN INTO ITC FINAL [column size="00-1" last="1" style="1"] by Steve Dorsey DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – For the seventh time in the 21-year history of the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships, an unseeded player will be crowned the champion at the ATP World Tour tournament. That was assured Saturday night when Edouard Roger-Vasselin, ranked No. 105 in the world, stunned No. 1 seed John Isner 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in the semifinals of the South Florida event. Earlier in the day, Ernests Gulbis became the sixth qualifier in the ITC’s history to reach the singles final when the 24-year-old Latvian, No. 109 in the ATP rankings, won a hard-fought 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(2) semifinal match against No. 2 seed Tommy Haas of Germany, setting up a final in which both players are ranked outside the top 100. Gulbis, who also was unseeded when he won here...