The 119th edition of the SAP Open has come and gone and with an amazing week of non-stop tennis action. HP Pavilion at San Jose played hosts to 48 players from 18 countries on five continents along with nearly 74,000 enthusiastic tennis fans who came out to support some of the world’s most talented tennis players.
February 12-18 was truly an exciting week at HP Pavilion. Brothers won the singles and doubles titles at an ATP event for the first time since 1989. Teen Brit Andy Murray proudly defended his ATP title when he defeated 6-foot-10 “Croatian Sensation” Ivo Karlovic 6-7(3), 6-4, 7-6(2).
In the doubles final, Andy’s older brother, Jamie, teamed with American Eric Butorac to grab their first ATP title with an entertaining win over veterans Rainer Schuettler of Germany and South African Chris Haggard 7-5, 7-6(6). These two finals exemplified what a week of “Big Shot” tennis it was here in the Bay Area.
This year’s SAP Open combined its impressive player field and exhilarating play with many tributes and special on-court events as well. The tournament proudly honored NorCal USPTA President Paul Garron, several USPTA members who recently won national tournament titles and winners of the inaguaral Ladies Doubles Challenge throughout the week. There was a lot of on-court action including the South Bay Smash Wheelchair Exhibition, the Prince Speed Challenge, the USTA Mini Tennis demo and an entertaining exhibition played by USTA NorCal’s top 10-year old boys and girls.
In addition, the tournament played hosts to thousands of excited local students for our annual Kids Day and more than 450 women for our Ladies Day luncheons – sponsored by Brassfield Estate Winery.
The SAP Open returns to HP Pavilion at San Jose Feb. 18-24, 2008.