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.