Former Stanford Tennis Standouts The Bryan Brothers To Play At 2008 SAP Open
Feb. 15, 2008
STANFORD, Calif. - Former Stanford All-Americans and NCAA Doubles Champions Bob and Mike Bryan will return to the Bay Area to take part in the 2008 SAP Open at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. The Bryan Brothers, as they are known internationally, are the top-ranked doubles team in the world and will face a 16-team field of players in this year's ATP tour stop. The Bryans have not played in San Jose since 2003, and their first match is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, February 19 immediately following fellow Davis Cup teammate James Blake's singles match that begins at 7 p.m.
The twin American brothers have been the No. 1 doubles team in the world for four of the past five years. As a team, the Bryans own an impressive list of accomplishments, including 42 doubles titles and 5 Grand Slam titles. They have compiled career prize money exceeding $8.8 million. In 2007 alone, they won 12 doubles titles including championships at the Australian Open, Las Vegas, Miami, Houston, Monte Carlo, Hamburg, Los Angeles, Washington, Madrid, Basel, Paris Masters, and Davis Cup. They have won at least five doubles titles, six consecutive years. The 29-year olds from Camarillo, CA are U.S. Olympians and were All-Americans at Stanford University where they captured the 1998 NCAA doubles title together while helping Stanford win the team title.
Four other former All-American Stanford athletes will also be playing in the SAP Open. Sam Warburg ('05), K.J. Hippensteel ('02) will be part of the singles competition, with both men competing in the qualifiers, while Scott Lipsky ('03) and David Martin ('03) will be featured in the main draw of the doubles tournament. Current Cardinal athletes freshman Alex Clayton and junior Matt Bruch are attempting to enter the singles qualifiers that will begin tomorrow at The Courtside Club in Los Gatos, Calif., but currently do not know if they will be participating. Also, Stanford Director of Tennis Dick Gould will aid Leif Shiras in commentating for Fox Sports Net Bay Area's broadcast of the semi-finals on Saturday, February 23, and the finals on Sunday, February 24.
The SAP Open, Northern California's premier men's professional tennis event, runs from February 18-24, 2008 at HP Pavilion at San Jose. Individual sessions, ticket packages and group tickets to the 2008 SAP Open are on-sale now by calling (408) ACE-2121. Live video streaming of all SAP Open matches originating from HP Pavilion will be broadcast on B2 Networks. Along with the Bryan Brothers and Blake, the SAP Open will feature American superstar and Davis Cup team member Andy Roddick. Also scheduled to compete are Chilean tennis sensation Fernando Gonzalez and German superstar Tommy Haas. In addition, there will be a special singles exhibition match featuring two-time SAP Open champion and 14-time Grand Slam Champion - and arguably the best player to ever play the game - Pete Sampras. Sampras will play his exhibition match against Tommy Haas on Monday, February 18 at 7 p.m. PST. Additional information about the SAP Open can be found on the tournament website at www.sapopentennis.com.
About the SAP Open
The SAP Open is the second oldest men's professional tennis tournament in the U.S. In its 119-year history, the tournament has been won by virtually every tennis superstar including Arthur Ashe, John McEnroe, Rod Laver, Jimmy Connors, Stefan Edberg, Ivan Lendl, Michael Chang, Pete Sampras, Mark Philippoussis and more recently, Andre Agassi, Lleyton Hewitt, Andy Roddick and Andy Murray. The SAP Open is one of 63 tournaments in 30 countries on the worldwide ATP Tour.
The SAP Open is owned and operated by Silicon Valley Sports & Entertainment (SVS&E). SVS&E is the parent company that manages business operations for the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League (NHL), HP Pavilion at San Jose, Fight Night at the Tank professional boxing and Strikeforce Mixed Martial Arts as well as other properties.
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