Each year, the SAP Open comes to the HP Pavilion in San Jose for a week, and it's always full of top-notch tennis, even if it doesn't always attract the biggest names in tennis. That being said, they've had some great talent the last few years, with players like Fernando Verdasco, Gael Monfils and more making appearances (and winning). The latter of those two returns for the 2012 SAP Open and is the No. 1 seed for the tournament, as Monfils looks to get back into the semifinals.
Last season, Monfils was forced to withdraw due to injury before a matchup with Milos Raonic, who eventually went on to beat Verdasco for the 2011 SAP Open title in straight tiebreaker sets. Raonic s back to defend his title, while Verdasco isn't in this year.
Andy Roddick is in town this year, though, and it will be interesting to see how he does. Roddick hasn't hit a tennis ball since going down with an injury during the 2012 Australian Open. Roddick suffered a partial tear in a tendon on his right leg on Jan. 19 in a match against Lleyton Hewitt and has a busy schedule ahead of him. He's scheduled to play on Feb. 15, so it will be interesting to see how he performs.
On Friday, the official draw was announced via Twitter (with the top four seeds receiving byes), and the full bracket can be found here. Of particular note is, of course, that Monfils, Raonic, Roddick and Radek Stepanek are receiving first-round byes. The Bay Area's own Sam Querrey is set to take on Denis Istomin, setting up a potential matchup with Andy Roddick in the quarterfinals. Steve Johnson, who was born and lives in California, is set to take on Dteve Darcis in that same frame of the draw.
The tournament is set to begin on Feb. 13 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose.