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Get excited everyone – it is almost time for the SAP Open Tennis Tournament!

I have been a tennis fan for a long time.  Besides playing tennis when I was younger (many years ago), I remember really becoming a fan when watching Bjorn Borg win the first or second of his 5 consecutive Wimbledon Grand Slam Titles.  As the years passed, I continued watching Wimbledon every year, and then added the rest of the Grand Slams (The Australian Open, The French Open and The US Open) to my “must watch” TV events. 

So, it caught me by surprise last year when I saw a tweet from Mark Yolton stating he was on his way to the SAP Open Tennis Tournament.  My response/tweet was “how did I not know SAP hosts a tennis tournament?”  I guess I had not been paying attention.  So, I did some research and I put The SAP Open on my “things to do” list/calendar for 2011.

I also started following @SAPOpenTennis on twitter.  In December, I saw a tweet that was giving advance notice for ticket sales.  I jumped at that chance and was able to get amazing seating for the entire tournament.  I am really excited about the exhibition match that will be played Monday evening with Pete Sampras and Gael Monfils.  I have been a Sampras fan forever, but, this will be the first time I get the opportunity to see him play live. Some other well known tennis players that will be at the SAP Open are:  Fernando Verdasco, Gael Monfils, Juan Martin Del Potro, Mardy Fish, Sam Querrey, Lleyton Hewitt, Tommy Haas, and James Blake.  For a complete list, check out list of players for the 2011 SAP Open.

The tournament starts on Monday, February 7th with the Final on Sunday, February 13th.  The Semi-Finals and Final will be televised, TV schedule  on The Tennis Channel.  So, if watching, look for me cheering in the second row!  I will also be tweeting as well so everyone can know what is happening as it is happening.

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      Author's profile photo Srini Tanikella
      Srini Tanikella
      Hi Karin,

      Yes! I will be there, but only for the finals though. When are you coming to the Bay Area?

      See you soon.
      Srini

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      Hi Srini - it will be great to see you there!  I will be in town for the entire tournament. I will email you.

      Karin

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      ... Hana Mandlikova has retired!
      Author's profile photo Bhanu Gupta
      Bhanu Gupta
      Hi Karin,

      Never knew that you were a tennis fan too...I grew up watching the matches on TV with my parents, and now thankfully my hubby is a fan too! We try to keep up as much esp. with the Slams and now my toddler will swing his arm in the air and say "Shot" 🙂

      Hope you enjoy the tournament,
      Bhanu

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      Thanks Bhanu!  I didn't know you were a tennis fan either - great minds think alike (hehe).  I will be sure and take lots of pictures to share :-).

      Karin

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      Hi Karin:

      I remember posting twitter comments and facebook pics at last year's SAP Open and having a running commentary from you wishing you were there.  Now, it'll be great to have you here in the Silicon Valley all week attending the event.  I'll even get to see you there at least one day (Sunday finals!) and hopefully more.  When I'm not there at the event, I'll be watching your twitter feeds instead (@karin_tillotson) to get all the latest news and insight.  See you next week (by the way, the weather is beautiful out here!). 

      Regards,
      Mark Yolton

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      Hi Mark - I do credit you as the person who first made me aware that SAP hosts a Tennis Tournament.  Am very excited about being there this year!  Looking forward to seeing you at the SAP Open (as well as the nice weather - it is unseasonably cold here in South Texas).

      Best Regards,
      Karin