2013 SAP Open Overview

Feb 15, 2013 by

The SAP Open is an annual tennis event held in San Jose, California and is the second oldest tournament in US tennis. The 2013 SAP Open is underway with total prize money standing at $600,000, $98,700 going to the winner. The HP Pavilion is the venue in what is an indoor tournament played on a hard court. It promises to be an exciting and open tournament as the highest ranked player is Milos Raonic who is currently #13 in the world. As an ATP World Tour 250 Series event, it does not often attract the world’s top players as they prefer to play fewer tournaments and usually target events with higher ranking points.

See also: 2013 Davis Cup Overview

Milos Raonic au Masters du Canada 2009

(Milos Raonic au Masters du Canada 2009)
Raonic is a Canadian player who is currently ranked number 13 worldwide and a leading contender to win the 2013 SAP Open Men’s Singles event.

This Year’s Event

The single draw had 28 players which mean a total of 5 rounds and 4 byes in the first round. The 4 highest ranked players received a bye in the first round so Raonic, John Isner, Sam Querrey, and Tommy Haas all go straight into the second round. The doubles event has 16 teams with the winner receiving $30,000 and features the legendary Bryan brothers, Bob and Mike, who are ranked #1 in the world.

Sadly, this year’s event will be the last to ever take place in the Bay Area as all future SAP Opens will be held in Memphis, Tennessee. This decision has led to the downgrading of what was once a great tournament that featured winners such as John McEnroe, Pete Sampras, and Andre Agassi.

Predictions

Although tennis is an unpredictable sport at the best of times, it appears as if the winner of the men’s singles in the SAP Open 2013 will be Milos Raonic. The Canadian has an incredible record in this event and is looking to become the first man since Tony Trabert in 1955 to win the event 3 years in a row after emerging victorious in the 2011 and 2012 events. He already has a bye to the second round, is 9-0 in San Jose and is a rising talent. Players like Haas, Isner and perhaps Xavier Malisse will pose a threat but Raonic looks to be the class of the field.

In the men’s doubles, the Bryan brothers will likely be favorites but have never won this tournament. Xavier Malisse won it last year with Mark Knowles and will be looking for another title, this time with Frank Moser. His exploits in the singles will go a long way towards determining his chances of doubles success however.

We hope you enjoy what is the last ever SAP Open in the Bay Area as this once great tournament is moved to Memphis, Tennessee where it will hopefully attract star names once again.

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