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23
Feb
10

Haas goes out…bring on the Volley Girls!

Top seed Tommy Haas suffered a surprise opening-round defeat to unheralded Russian Teimuraz Gabashvili at the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships.

The German veteran suffered his third consecutive first-round exit in Florida as he succumbed 7-6 (7/3) 7-5 to the world number 104.

Last year’s runner-up Evgeny Korolev recovered from a mid-match slump to overcome Nicolas Lapentti 6-2 1-6 6-1.

Korolev, the fifth seed, won just six points on serve in the second set but fought back strongly to ensure his progress with an impressive third set.

Floridian Wayne Odesnik secured a 6-3 6-2 win over Rajeev Ram despite twisting his ankle early in their match.

Odesnik suffered the injury at 3-1 ahead in the opening set although it did not prevent him moving through.

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22
Feb
10

Volley Girls a bigger draw than the weak field in Delray…..Is this the level tennis has sunk to?

For the past 12 years, the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships (ITC) has seen many stars come through its pearly, white gates at the Delray Beach Stadium and Tennis Center. In 2010, the event is going to amp it up even more, hosting the world’s first nine-day ‘Super Event’ featured tennis champions past and present—exploding into a combined professional men’s ATP World Tour and ATP Champions Tour event, and running simultaneously over the course of February 20-28, 2010.

And yet, even tennis’ most-revered legends could not charmingly court the ITC grounds like its charismatic promotional team—the VolleyGirls. The ITC’s VolleyGirls are the ambassadors and spokespersons of the event—the iconic figurines of the ITC both on-site at the tournament’s sponsors’ private parties, PR engagements with players on-air in TV and radio, as well as appearances in the Delray Beach community and Palm Beach County. The VolleyGirls must be at least 21 years of age, sporty, electric, engaging and charming. The ‘Girls’ colorfully diverse backgrounds appropriately adorn the International Tennis Championships, as some past and current ‘Girls’ hail from Colombia, Brazil, Morocco, Germany, Romania, Yugoslavia, and are home to South Florida’s playgrounds in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

“When we started the VolleyGirl campaign in 2007, we thought it would be popular, but never realized the extent to which these girls became the iconic figures of the event they did,” said John Butler, Executive Director of the Delray Beach ITC. “Now they’ve received national recognition, endorsement deals with incredible fashion boutiques and make-up lines…It’s all just exploded in such a fantastic way. They’ve become an ideal representation of the event.”

I wonder if any of these girls is named Pamela? Maybe they should all abide by the drug testing rules just as the players are required to do! Fortuneately Richard G. is not entered!

26
Feb
09

5 seeds gone from Delray international.

Evgeny Korolev

Evgeny Korolev

anna-kournikova-0053

Evgeny Korolev's cousin

Christophe Rochus upset second-seeded Sam Querrey 6-4, 6-1 at the Delray Beach International on Wednesday night.

“I played good, he played bad,” Rochus said. “He wasn’t serving big and when I played fast, he was in trouble.”

The 60th-ranked Rochus played a smart game to challenge the taller Querrey, who midway through the match wandered around the court.

“He played well, he comes up with good shots,” Querrey said. “He comes to the net. He has those cocky, arrogant backhand drop shots, it’s annoying.”

The 34th-ranked Querrey started the match with a 3-1 lead, but his serve, usually solid, was unreliable all night.

Rochus, who also made the quarterfinals at Memphis, used a crafty mix of shot-making to prevent Querrey from finding any rhythm in the match.

“I cannot win on my strength so I have to play tennis like a chess game,” Rochus said. “I have to think more to find a solution.”

Stefan Koubek, who won the Delray Beach title in 2000, took out eighth-seeded Lu Yen-Hsun 6-4, 6-3 in a late match.

“I’m moving pretty well,” said Koubek, who had spinal surgery in May. “I have good feeling on this court. I can go for my shots even if it’s windy.”

Five of the eight seeds have already been eliminated: Querrey, Lu, third-seeded Ernests Gulbis, fifth-seeded Steve Darcis and fourth-seeded Igor Kunitsyn.

The seeds remaining are top-seeded Mardy Fish, sixth-seeded Florent Serra and seventh-seeded Jeremy Chardy, who will play their second-round matches on Thursday.

Earlier, qualifier Evgeny Korolev of Russia defeated American Robert Kendrick 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 to move into Friday’s quarterfinals.

Korolev, who is Anna Kornikova’s cousin, will play 83rd-ranked Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain in the quarterfinals.

The Spaniard rallied for a 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 win over the 79th-ranked Gilles Muller of Luxembourg.

“It’s my second quarterfinals of the year because I played quarterfinals in Johannesburg,” Garcia-Lopez said. “So it’s good chance (for me) to keep playing better for the year.”

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26
Feb
09

5 seeds gone from Delray international.

Evgeny Korolev

Evgeny Korolev

anna-kournikova-0053

Evgeny Korolev's cousin

Christophe Rochus upset second-seeded Sam Querrey 6-4, 6-1 at the Delray Beach International on Wednesday night.

“I played good, he played bad,” Rochus said. “He wasn’t serving big and when I played fast, he was in trouble.”

The 60th-ranked Rochus played a smart game to challenge the taller Querrey, who midway through the match wandered around the court.

“He played well, he comes up with good shots,” Querrey said. “He comes to the net. He has those cocky, arrogant backhand drop shots, it’s annoying.”

The 34th-ranked Querrey started the match with a 3-1 lead, but his serve, usually solid, was unreliable all night.

Rochus, who also made the quarterfinals at Memphis, used a crafty mix of shot-making to prevent Querrey from finding any rhythm in the match.

“I cannot win on my strength so I have to play tennis like a chess game,” Rochus said. “I have to think more to find a solution.”

Stefan Koubek, who won the Delray Beach title in 2000, took out eighth-seeded Lu Yen-Hsun 6-4, 6-3 in a late match.

“I’m moving pretty well,” said Koubek, who had spinal surgery in May. “I have good feeling on this court. I can go for my shots even if it’s windy.”

Five of the eight seeds have already been eliminated: Querrey, Lu, third-seeded Ernests Gulbis, fifth-seeded Steve Darcis and fourth-seeded Igor Kunitsyn.

The seeds remaining are top-seeded Mardy Fish, sixth-seeded Florent Serra and seventh-seeded Jeremy Chardy, who will play their second-round matches on Thursday.

Earlier, qualifier Evgeny Korolev of Russia defeated American Robert Kendrick 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 to move into Friday’s quarterfinals.

Korolev, who is Anna Kornikova’s cousin, will play 83rd-ranked Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain in the quarterfinals.

The Spaniard rallied for a 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 win over the 79th-ranked Gilles Muller of Luxembourg.

“It’s my second quarterfinals of the year because I played quarterfinals in Johannesburg,” Garcia-Lopez said. “So it’s good chance (for me) to keep playing better for the year.”

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26
Feb
09

5 seeds gone from Delray international.

Evgeny Korolev

Evgeny Korolev

anna-kournikova-0053

Evgeny Korolev's cousin

Christophe Rochus upset second-seeded Sam Querrey 6-4, 6-1 at the Delray Beach International on Wednesday night.

“I played good, he played bad,” Rochus said. “He wasn’t serving big and when I played fast, he was in trouble.”

The 60th-ranked Rochus played a smart game to challenge the taller Querrey, who midway through the match wandered around the court.

“He played well, he comes up with good shots,” Querrey said. “He comes to the net. He has those cocky, arrogant backhand drop shots, it’s annoying.”

The 34th-ranked Querrey started the match with a 3-1 lead, but his serve, usually solid, was unreliable all night.

Rochus, who also made the quarterfinals at Memphis, used a crafty mix of shot-making to prevent Querrey from finding any rhythm in the match.

“I cannot win on my strength so I have to play tennis like a chess game,” Rochus said. “I have to think more to find a solution.”

Stefan Koubek, who won the Delray Beach title in 2000, took out eighth-seeded Lu Yen-Hsun 6-4, 6-3 in a late match.

“I’m moving pretty well,” said Koubek, who had spinal surgery in May. “I have good feeling on this court. I can go for my shots even if it’s windy.”

Five of the eight seeds have already been eliminated: Querrey, Lu, third-seeded Ernests Gulbis, fifth-seeded Steve Darcis and fourth-seeded Igor Kunitsyn.

The seeds remaining are top-seeded Mardy Fish, sixth-seeded Florent Serra and seventh-seeded Jeremy Chardy, who will play their second-round matches on Thursday.

Earlier, qualifier Evgeny Korolev of Russia defeated American Robert Kendrick 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 to move into Friday’s quarterfinals.

Korolev, who is Anna Kornikova’s cousin, will play 83rd-ranked Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain in the quarterfinals.

The Spaniard rallied for a 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 win over the 79th-ranked Gilles Muller of Luxembourg.

“It’s my second quarterfinals of the year because I played quarterfinals in Johannesburg,” Garcia-Lopez said. “So it’s good chance (for me) to keep playing better for the year.”

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