Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Ex-men's stars to play during San Jose women's tourney

Former world No. 1 Andy Roddick is scheduled to play in a
four-man tournament on Aug. 3 during the Mubadala Silicon
Valley Classic at San Jose State. 2012 photo by Paul Bauman
   The men are coming to the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic.
   International Tennis Hall of Famers Andy Roddick and Michael Chang and former top-10 players James Blake and Mark Philippoussis will play a one-night tournament as part of the Invesco Series on Saturday, Aug. 3, organizers announced today.
   The second annual Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic is scheduled for July 29-Aug. 4 at San Jose State.
   The men's tournament will feature three one-set matches: two semifinals and one final.
   Roddick, 36, remains the last American man to win a Grand Slam singles championship. He captured the 2003 U.S. Open and climbed to No. 1 two months later.
   Chang, 47, is still the youngest male player to win a Grand Slam singles title. He took the 1989 French Open crown at 17 years, 110 days.
   Blake, 39, reached a career-high No. 4 in 2006 and advanced to three Grand Slam singles quarterfinals (the 2005 and 2006 U.S. Open and 2008 Australian Open).
   Philippoussis, 42, peaked at No. 8 in 1999 and reached two major finals, losing to fellow Australian Patrick Rafter in the 1998 U.S. Open and to Roger Federer at Wimbledon in 2003. It was the first of Federer's record eight singles titles at the All England Club.
   Roddick, Chang, Blake and Philippoussis are no strangers to the San Francisco Bay Area, having combined for eight titles in the now-defunct Bay Area stop on the ATP World Tour. Roddick won three crowns in singles, Chang and Philippoussis two each in singles and Blake one in doubles.
   Chang and Pete Sampras played an exhibition during the 2012 Bank of the West Classic, which ended a 21-year run at Stanford in 2017.
   Entered in the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic are former world No. 1s Garbine Muguruza and Victoria Azarenka and rising star Amanda Anisimova, a 17-year-old American.
   Mihaela Buzarnescu of Romania crushed Maria Sakkari of Greece 6-1, 6-0 in last year's final.

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