17 Feb NEW WRINKLES AT 2013 DELRAY BEACH ITC
LOTS OF NEW WRINKLES AT 2013 DELRAY BEACH ITC
Hawk-Eye System & Honda Classic Watch Party Are New To The Event… Was the yellow tennis ball really in, or was it out? Now fans and players will know for sure the first time a challenge is used on stadium court at the 2013 Delray Beach International Tennis Championships (ITC).
Hawk-Eye, the electronic “eyes” on the court, is just one of several premier offerings for fans and players. Here are some of the newest items at the ITC:
HAWK-EYE presented by The Palazzo Las Vegas
The Hawk-Eye on-court player challenge system will be used for the first time on center court at the 2013 Delray Beach ITC. Ten cameras with clear views of the court will be mounted in the stadium, and fans will be able to watch on the stadium’s big screens as Hawk-Eye shows whether a ball was in or out.
The electronic ball-tracking technology is used at all four Grand Slams and more than 70 ATP, Davis Cup and Fed Cup-level events throughout the world. Each player has three unsuccessful challenges per set, with an additional challenge if the set reaches a tiebreak. Data from the 2012 season shows that the average player’s challenges were correct approximately 30 percent of the time while the original umpire or linesman call was the right one nearly 70 percent of the time.
Last October, Hawk-Eye was chosen by FIFA to install its goal-line technology systems in soccer (football) games worldwide.
All 2013 Hawk-Eye line calls will carry The Palazzo Las Vegas logo.
ATP CHAMPIONS TOUR FORMAT
The 2013 Delray Beach ITC’s ATP Champions event will play a new 6-player round robin tournament over three days: Friday, Feb. 22 through Sunday, Feb. 24.
The field will be broken down into two groups of three players (each player plays two matches) with group winners playing in the championship on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 3:00 pm. Group runner-ups play for 3rd/4th places at 1:00 pm.
An 8-player round robin format was used in the first three years of the Delray Beach ITC’s ATP Champions Tour event. The 2013 Delray Beach ITC ATP Champions Tour groupings: Group A: John McEnroe, Mats Wilander, Pat Cash Group B: Carlos Moya, Mark Philippoussis, Aaron Krickstein.
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Longtime Delray Beach ITC tournament supporters will find a number of site upgrades and changes. On center court, the six-foot-tall opaque backdrops have been replaced by expanses of space that will give fans and players an increased level of interaction – keeping in step with the ITC approach of creating an intimate atmosphere.
New seating has been installed on Court 2 in order to accommodate a growing number of fans, created by the depth of recent ITC draws that has attracted more fans to outer courts. The new seating will also provide a closer fan experience.
Tournament-goers will also be greeted by an expanded wi-fi system that will enable users to enjoy seamless and speedy experiences with all mobile devices.
HONDA CLASSIC WATCH PARTIES
The ITC is partnering with local golf and tennis retailer, PGA TOUR Superstore, to hold a series of “Honda Classic Watch Parties” during the 2013 event. The Honda Classic Viewing Parties at the Corona Beach Bar will be held from Thursday, Feb. 28 through Sunday, March 3.
Fans can watch live ATP tennis action and then spend breaks at the Corona Beach Bar, catching up on Honda Classic coverage on its large-screen televisions. Putting contests, golf tips and ‘play-a-player’ opportunities are scheduled.
PGA TOUR Superstore has 16 locations in the United States, including a 50,000 square-foot retail complex in the Delray Crossing Shopping Center on Linton Boulevard in Delray Beach. The store is South Florida’s leader in square footage devoted to tennis apparel, equipment and shoes. The facility also includes an indoor tennis hitting lane for on-site demos and professional tennis instruction.
TOURNAMENT-LONG TV COVERAGE
Tennis Channel has carried the Delray Beach ITC singles and doubles semifinals and finals for more than a decade. In 2013, Tennis Channel’s coverage of the ATP World Tour event will be expanded to include matches throughout the week, from the opening session on Monday, Feb. 25 to the concluding singles final at 3:00 pm Sunday, March 3.
In all, 12 singles matches and three doubles matches are scheduled to air live on Tennis Channel while 25 matches will be distributed to a worldwide audience in more than 160 countries.
Leif Shiras and Sam Gore will call the action throughout the week, with analysts Jimmy Arias and Ashley Fisher adding commentary.
PORSCHE PREFERRED PARKING
In partnership with marquee sponsor Champion Porsche, the ITC is offering Porsche owners complimentary preferred parking during the tournament. Porsche parking will be conveniently located in front of the main entrance to the tournament. Porsche owners should simply follow the signs. Porsche owners choosing to valet their car pay a reduced $15 rate.
Champion Porsche provides the official Porsche vehicles for tournament officials and players, and the Pompano Beach dealership also provides the Porsche seating on Center Court. Champion has been the largest volume Porsche dealer in the Americas for the past 23 years.
VIP CLUBHOUSE LOUNGE
The VIP Clubhouse Lounge features indoor or outdoor seating for relaxing, conducting business and watching stadium matches on closed-circuit TV. Food and beverage is by Potions in Motion and includes daily specials and “2 for 1 Happy Hour Every Hour Every Day.” While Lounge access is a part of series box holders and sponsors packages, for the first time the general public can purchase $15 daily passes to the Lounge.