The SAP Open is delighted to announce an all-star line-up for a unique mixed doubles exhibition match which will take place during the 2013 SAP Open. SAP’s very own Andy Roddick, the three time SAP Open champion and former world No. 1 will team up with 22-time Grand Slam Singles Champion and female sporting icon Stefanie Graf. The formidable pair will face the equally distinguished team of former three-time Grand Slam Singles Champion Lindsay Davenport, and two-time mixed doubles champion and former American Davis Cup player Justin Gimelstob. This one-off exhibition match is scheduled to take place on Saturday, February 16 at 7 p.m. and will be immediately followed by a SAP Open semi-final singles.
Bay Area fan-favorite and SAP Ambassador Any Roddick will be returning to San Jose for the 11th time in his career and for the first time since announcing his retirement this past September. Roddick, 30, last attained the SAP Open title in 2008 when he defeated Radek Stepanek (CZE) 6-4, 7-5. He also took the title in 2005 (def. C. Saulnier (FRA), 6-0, 6-4) and 2004 (def. M. Fish (USA), 7-6 (13), 6-4) and reached the final in 2010 losing to eventual champion Verdasco (6-3, 4-6, 4-6). Roddick became US Open Champion in 2003 defeating Juan Carlos Ferrero in the final. A native of Omaha, Nebraska, Roddick currently resides in Austin, Texas with his wife, actress and model Brooklyn Decker. During his career, Roddick won over $19 million and earned the world’s No. 1-ranking from November 2003 to January 2004.
Making her first appearance at the SAP Open is tennis legend and former world No. 1 Stefanie Graf. Regarded by many as the greatest female tennis player of all-time, Graf attained an incredible 22 Grand Slam singles titles throughout her career, most all-time among both male and female players in the modern era (since 1968). In 1988, Graf became the first player (male or female) to win all four Grand Slam singles titles and the Olympic gold medal in the same calendar year. Graf, 43, was ranked No. 1 in the world by the WTA for a record 377 total weeks; she also finished as the year-end World No. 1 eight times – adding to her list of records! Graf attained 107 singles titles in her career which ranks her third on the WTA's all-time list trailing only Martina Navratilova (167 titles) and Chris Evert (157 titles). Renowned for her powerful forehand, Graf’s versatile play enabled her to become the only player to win each of the four Grand Slams at least four times. Graf is married to five-time SAP Open singles champion and tennis legend Andre Agassi.
Lindsay Davenport, 36, comes to the SAP Open as another former World No. 1. During her career, Davenport achieved three Grand Slam titles and an Olympic gold medal in singles. She was ranked No. 1 in the world on eight different occasions, most recently in January of 2006. Since 1975, she is one of only four women to have finished the season as the year-end World No. 1 at least four times (1998, 2001, 2004, and 2005); the others are Graf, Evert, and Navratilova. Davenport, who retired from the game in 2011, resides in Laguna Beach, California.
Gimelstob, who has been active with the SAP Open for the past several years as a broadcaster and tournament host, has played in the SAP Open 9-times with his best result coming in 2003 when he reached the semifinals of the singles draw but lost a tough three-set match to tournament finalist Davide Sanguinetti of Italy 4-6, 7-6(2), 3-6. The New Jersey native played on the ATP Tour from 1996 - 2007; attaining 13 career ATP doubles titles and two mixed doubles titles at the Australian Open and Roland Garros in 1998 (with Venus Williams). During his career, Gimelstob earned more than $2.5 million in prize money and now serves on the ATP’s Board of Directors.
This extraordinary match featuring such incredible tennis legends, will undeniably enhance an already spectacular week of first class men’s tennis at the premier men’s professional tennis tournament in Northern California.