The Delray Beach International Tennis Championships singles’ draw has been released with American John Isner as the top seed.
Isner faces compatriot Jessie Levine in the opening round while 2002 finalist and fourth seed Andy Roddick squares off against German Philipp Petzschner.
Roddick has been struggling with injury since the Australian Open and will need to find his form in order to make a deep run here. If the draw holds up, Isner and Roddick will clash in the semifinals.
Croatian Marin Cilic makes his first appearance at this event and takes on the crafty veteran Jarkko Nieminen in his initial match. Third seed Viktor Troicki is another first timer in Delray Beach. In his opening encounter, the Serb battles seasoned opponent, Steve Darcis.
After a five year absence, fifth seed Phillip Kohlschreiber is back and collides with the talented Olivier Rochus who was a finalist in Auckland earlier this year and a quarterfinalist in Memphis last week.
Previous participants, sixth seed Alex Bogomolov Jr. and Kevin Anderson play qualifiers in their first meetings. Bernard Tomic rounds out the seeds at the number eight spot. The gifted Aussie will combat 2006 champion and wildcard entrant Tommy Haas in the first round.
Other notables playing include 2010 French Open semifinalist Jurgen Melzer in his maiden appearance, 2010 ITC finalist Ivo Karlovic, 2010 champion Ernests Gulbis and two time ITC victor Xavier Malisse.
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