Lendl vs Wilander Match-up Highlights 8- player ATP Champions Tour Lineup DELRAY BEACH, FL – American star John Isner and Tennis Hall of Famer Michael Chang have been added to the star- studded lineup of the 20th annual Delray Beach International Tennis Championships (ITC), which will be played February 24 – March 4, 2012 at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center.
The Wimbledon record-setting Isner, ranked No. 18 in the world, will join Andy Roddick in the ATP World Tour event while 1989 French Open champion Chang joins fel- low Hall of Famer Ivan Lendl as the headlin- ers in the tournament’s ATP Champions Tour 8-player round-robin event. “The addition of fan-favorite John Isner and perennial top 10 Michael Chang gives us strong fields already,” said Mark Baron, tour- nament director of the ITC. “Our ATP Champions Tour field is set, and we are expecting our ATP World Tour event to be the best in our history by the time our final draw is announced.” Grand Slam champions Mats Wilander, Pat Cash and Johan Kriek, Grand Slam final- ist Mikael Pernfors and Aaron Krickstein, the youngest player ever to be ranked in the Top 20, round out the ATP Champions Tour field. The tournament also announced that Lendl and Wilander will square off on Opening Night (Friday, February 24) as the 9:00 pm feature match while Roddick’s first ATP World Tour match will be Tuesday, February 28 at 9:00 pm. “Lendl vs Wilander conjures up so many great memories,” said Baron. “Who could ever forget Mats’ epic 5-set win at the 1988 US Open that made him number one? This is an opportunity for our fans to see these guys up close and to remember and celebrate one of the greatest Grand Slam matches in history.” Though he is known to the masses for his 11-hour, 3-day first-round match at Wimbledon in 2010, Isner, 26, has played the best tennis of his career in 2011. The former University of Georgia All-American has won two ATP World Tour titles this year and reached the quarterfinals of the US Open.
Chang, the youngest-ever Grand Slam winner, was also a 3-time Grand Slam runner-up and a member of the winning U.S. Davis Cup team in 1990. Regarded by historians asthe greatest counter puncher in tennis, he reached No. 2 in the world in 1996. He won 34 ATP events, enjoyed a 6- year run in the top 10 in the ’90s and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2008. With the excitement building in anticipation of the 2012 event, the Delray Beach ITC is offering a holiday special for fans searching for that special gift. The discount will be in effect through December 31. To purchase tickets call 561-330-6000, order online at www.YellowTennisBall.com or inperson at Walmart’s Ticketmaster out- lets. Complete tournament information is available at www.YellowTennisBall.com, the official tournament website, or the Delray Beach ITC Box Office (open Monday-Friday, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm; (561) 330-6000; 30 NW 1st Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33344.