2013 marks the 21st anniversary of International Tennis
Championships (ITC), and the 15th anniversary for Delray Beach Tennis Center to
be the host of the International Tennis Championships ATP World Tour and ATP Champions.
(The event was originally held in Broward County from 1993–1998. In 1999, it was relocated to the Delray Beach Tennis Center.)
In 2010, Delray Beach hosted the first-ever ATP Champions
Tour event in the USA making the ITC the world’s only combined ATP event.
Delray Beach is the only place in the world to see BOTH tours (ATP World Tour and the ATP Champions Tour) at one venue.
Delray Beach International Tennis Championships (ITC) is a tennis extravaganza providing tennis fans a venue where they can watch some of the top players in the world (ATP World Tour) play tennis in Delray Beach and also enjoy a nostalgic trip through tennis history at they watch their favorite past-time tennis players of all time in the ATP Champions Tour.
Delray Beach Tennis Center Entrance
With Shopping and Food Booths
The Delray Beach International Tennis Championships (ITC) is the only ATP tournament in the world that showcases the games greatest talents across multiple eras while it simultaneously hosts the ATP Champions Tour and the ATP World Tour in the same week.
These combined events create the only 10-day extravaganza in prestigious Palm Beach County Florida and more specifically in the city of Delray Beach -- the city who recently won the Most Fun Small Town in America Award from Rand McNally and USA Today Travel as seen on the Travel Channel (July 2012).
The ITC tournament is watched in 28.5 million homes across the United States on Tennis Channel and viewed in more than 442 million homes throughout the world via satellite and ATP programming, and hosts more than 60,000 spectators and more than 10 hospitality and special events throughout the 10-day extravaganza.
The ITC is one of only 12 ATP World Tour events in the US
featuring many of the current top-ranked men’s professionals in the world.
Bryan Brothers: 2009
& 2010 ITC Doubles Champion
and World #1 Ranked Most Winning Team in ATP History!
ATP is the governing body of the men's professional tennis circuits - the ATP World Tour, the ATP Champions Tour and the ATP Challenger Tour.
Celebrated in 2003
with the ATP Award of Excellence, the privately-owned $500,000 ATP World Tour
event was established in 1972, featuring one of 11 ATP World Tour events in the
United States and the first-ever ATP Champions Tour event played on US soil.
Total player compensation is more than $1.3 million for both events.
With 62 tournaments in 32 countries, the ATP World Tour showcases the finest male athletes competing in the world's most exciting venues.
At the end of the season the world's top 8 ranked men's singles players and top 8 doubles teams, based on their performance throughout the year, qualify to compete in the season's climax - the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at London's O2 arena.
The ATP Champions Tour brings together many of the greatest tennis players in history for nostalgic, competitive and entertaining tournaments in cities all around the world.
There are currently 11 round robin events on 4 continents featuring former ATP World Tour players who fit one of the following criteria:
Players must also be retired from ATP World Tour competition and each event can invite two wild card entrants of its choice.
The Delray Beach Tennis Center built in 1992 is a full-service public tennis facility with 38 clay courts, 7 hard courts, 19 lighted courts, and an 8200-seat stadium located downtown Delray Beach, FL located on our famous award-winning Atlantic Avenue.
The Delray Beach Tennis Center features an upstairs pavilion and conference room, pro shop with locker rooms, racquet stringing and merchandise. The club offers a wide variety of adult and junior programs, leagues, clinics, camps and equipment rental.
Delray Beach Tennis Center Stadium
Obama Campaign Rally at Delray Beach Tennis Center Stadium October 23, 2012
2010 Mayor Woodie McDuffie and
ITC President & Tournament Director, Mark Baron
Accepting the Providencia Award
The Delray Beach International Tennis Championships (ITC) was awarded the Palm Beach County Convention & Visitors Bureau's (PBCCVB) prestigious Providencia Award in October 2010.
The Providencia Award is an annual award celebrating local businesses, organizations or individuals that have made an extraordinary contribution to tourism in Palm Beach County. Delray Beach ITC president and tournament director Mark Baron accepted the award from Jorge Pesquera, president and CEO of PBCCVB.
Up against some top competition, the other nominees included:
But alas a 20-member CVB Public Relations Committee evaluated and scored all eight nominees and the Delray Beach ITC was proclaimed the 2010 winner of the Providencia Award!!!!
In 2003 the event won the ATP Award of Excellence from the sport's governing body. The ATP conducts 62 annual World Tour tournaments across the world and the Delray Beach event is one of only 11 held in the United States.
In July 2010, Delray Beach was named one of the top 10 "Best Tennis Towns" in America by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) thanks in large part to the growing ITC, which brings more than 60,000 fans together for its 10-day event.
Special admission days in the past have included the following:
Senior Day: Presented by Delray Beach Medical Center and West Boca Medical Center for a buy-one-get-one-free ticket.
Food Drive: Champion Porsche Food Drive sponsored donate eight perishable food items and receive one free grandstand ticket for the day
Kids Day (Kidz Days): You’ll be met with fun games and activities like a bounce house, sand art and Italian ices, balloon twisters, mini golf by Putt n Around and obstacle courses by Gym 111. Up to two children 12 years of age and younger will receive free grandstand seating for the day matches with one paid adult ticket.
February 2010, saw another successful marketing move from the ITC. It was the very first “Tennis on the Avenue” match between John McEnroe (aka Johnny Mac) and Mats Wilander.
Tennis on the Avenue, was an exhibition match, for
entertainment only, and it was a success in bringing the crowd to Atlantic
Avenue for a pre-match prior to the real match that same evening.
There was a record crowd of at least 2500 people showing up to watch this exhibition match between these two iconic tennis pros whose history dates back to the Davis Cup 1982 – the longest Davis Cup match in history in which McEnroe outlasted Wilander in five sets over 6 hours and 32 minutes.
McEnroe v Wilander Exhibition Match on Atlantic Avenue
The Volley Girls are just one more unique spin on the Delray Beach ITC. The Volley Girls are the only promo team in the world to represent a professional ATP event, and are unlike anything else in the tennis circuit.
This select group of little darlings acts as a cheer leading squad providing hype and personality during the tournaments, as well as representing the ITC as brand spokeswomen and goodwill ambassadors in Delray Beach and Palm Beach County.
See pictures and read more about the Volley Girls.
Artist William DeBilzan Posing with the Volley Girls
William DeBilzan, Delray Beach resident, artist and gallery owner sponsors the ITC every year by donating one of his huge and fabulous paintings.
The painting sits on the court throughout the duration of the tournament, until the lucky person takes it home!
William DeBilzan Gallery is located at 38 E. Atlantic Avenue, just one easy block east of the Tennis Center, across the street from Old School Square.
Please stop in the gallery and see DeBilzan's fabulous art work and designer handbags made by fashion designer Mario Hernandez.
William DeBilzan Painting
Sitting on the Court Waiting for its New Owner!
Delray Beach Tennis Center is located at
201 W Atlantic Avenue
Delray Beach, FL 33444