Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Graf, others in SAP exhibition; TV schedule; calendar

   The SAP Open in San Jose added considerable star power Wednesday for a mixed doubles exhibition.
   Stefanie Graf, Lindsay Davenport, Andy Roddick and Justin Gimelstob are scheduled to compete on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m. A singles semifinal will follow.
   The SAP Open will be played for the 125th and final time Feb. 11-17 at HP Pavilion. The second-oldest men's professional tournament in the United States will be replaced on the calendar by Rio de Janeiro beginning in 2014.
   The singles draw features two-time defending champion Milos Raonic of Canada, the top three Americans (John Isner, Sam Querrey and Mardy Fish), 2002 titlist and former world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt of Australia, and 2010 champion Fernando Verdasco of Spain.
   Headlining the doubles draw are top-ranked Bob and Mike Bryan, who starred at nearby Stanford and won an Olympic gold medal last year in London. 
   Graf,  43, won 22 Grand Slam singles titles, second all-time behind Margaret Court's 24. Last year, Tennis Channel ranked Graf the top female player of all time and No. 3 overall behind Roger Federer and Rod Laver.
   Roddick, 30, reached No. 1 in the world in 2003 and won the SAP Open in 2004, 2005 and 2008. He retired in September.
   Davenport, 36, climbed to No. 1 in singles and doubles. In singles, she won three Grand Slam crowns and an Olympic gold medal.
   Gimelstob, 35, gained the singles semifinals of the 2003 SAP Open. He won 13 ATP World Tour doubles titles and two Grand Slam mixed doubles crowns (both with Venus Williams).
   Here's the schedule of play for the evening sessions, beginning at 7 p.m., from Monday, Feb. 11, through Thursday, Feb. 14:
   Feb. 11 -- Fish (first-round singles) followed by another featured main-draw match.
   Feb. 12 -- Bryan brothers (first-round doubles) followed by Verdasco (first-round singles).
   Feb. 13 -- Isner followed by Alexandr Dolgopolov (both second-round singles).
   Feb. 14 -- Raonic followed by Querrey (both second-round singles).  
   Ticket packages and group tickets to the SAP Open are available by calling (408) ACE-2121. Individual session tickets will go on sale later this month. For more information, visit www.sapopentennis.com. 
TV SCHEDULE
(All times PST)
   Thursday -- Doha (men), quarterfinals, Tennis Channel, 4:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (live), 8 p.m.-midnight (delay); Hopman Cup (men, women), Tennis Channel, 12:30-6 p.m. (delay); Brisbane (women), quarterfinals, Tennis Channel, 6-8 p.m. (delay).
   Friday --Brisbane (women), semifinals, Tennis Channel, 1-5 a.m. (live); Doha (men), singles semifinals, Tennis Channel, 5:30-9:30 a.m. (live), doubles final, 9:30-11 a.m. (live); Auckland (women), semifinals, Tennis Channel, 3-7 p.m. (delay); Chennai (men), quarterfinals, Tennis Channel, 7-11 p.m. (delay).  
   Saturday -- Brisbane (women), final, Tennis Channel, 1-3 a.m. (live), 9-11 a.m. and 5-7 p.m. (repeat); Brisbane (men), semifinals, Tennis Channel, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (delay); Shenzhen (women), semifinals, Tennis Channel, 3-7 a.m. (repeat); Doha (men), final, Tennis Channel, 7-9 a.m. (live) and 7-9 p.m. (repeat); Auckland (women), final, Tennis Channel, 3-5 p.m. (delay); Chennai (men), semifinals, Tennis Channel, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Sunday (delay).
   Sunday -- Shenzhen (women), final, Tennis Channel, 3-5 a.m. (delay); Hopman Cup (men, women), final, Tennis Channel, 5-10:30 a.m. (delay), 5-10:30 p.m. (repeat); Brisbane (men), final, Tennis Channel, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (delay); Chennai (men), final, Tennis Channel, 1-3 p.m. (delay); Doha (men), final, Tennis Channel, 3-5 p.m. (delay).

CALENDAR
   Jan. 14-27, 2013 -- AUSTRALIAN OPEN, www.australianopen.org. 2012 champions: Novak Djokovic, Victoria Azarenka, Leander Paes-Radek Stepanek, Svetlana Kuznetsova-Vera Zvonareva.
   Jan. 15 -- Sacramento State men at Stanford in spring season opener for both teams, 1:30 p.m, www.hornetsports.com, www.gostanford.com.
   Jan. 18 -- Stanford women open spring season at Freeman Invitational in Las Vegas and at NCTC Classic in Indian Wells, Calif., times TBA, www.gostanford.com. UC Davis women open spring season vs. Northern Arizona in Tempe, Ariz., 1 p.m., www.ucdavisaggies.com.
   Jan. 19 -- UC Davis men at Santa Clara in spring season opener for both teams, 10 a.m., www.ucdavisaggies.com, www.santaclarabroncos.com.
   Feb. 1 -- Sacramento State women open spring season at Arizona, 12:30 p.m., www.hornetsports.com.
   Feb. 1-3, 2013 -- Davis Cup, first round, United States vs. Brazil in Jacksonville, Fla., www.daviscup.com.
   Feb. 9-10, 2013 -- Fed Cup, first round, United States at Italy, www.fedcup.com.
   Feb. 11-17, 2013 -- SAP Open, HP Pavilion in San Jose, www.sapopentennis.com. 2012 champions: Milos Raonic, Mark Knowles-Xavier Malisse.
   March 4-17, 2013 -- BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells, Calif., www.bnpparibasopen.com. 2012 champions: Roger Federer, Victoria Azarenka, Marc Lopez-Rafael Nadal, Liezel Huber-Lisa Raymond.
   April 26-28 -- Big Sky Conference men's and women's tournament, Gold River Racquet Club, Gold River, Calif., www.bigskyconf.com.

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