Posted: Friday February 8, 2013 4:24 PM

Bay Area prepares for men's tennis goodbye

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - For more than a century, some of the best men's tennis players in the world have come to the Bay Area almost every year.

From its birth in 1889 as the Pacific Coast Championships in Monterey to stints in Berkeley and San Francisco and its current home in San Jose, the tournament now known as the SAP Open has a list of winners that reads like a who's who of tennis greats.

Bill Johnston. Don Budge. Jack Kramer. Rod Laver. Arthur Ashe. Jimmy Connors. John McEnroe. Ivan Lendl. Stefan Edberg. Andre Agassi. Pete Sampras.

The winner of this year's tournament, which begins Monday, will be the last. The SAP Open is being moved after this year, leaving the Bay Area without a men's tournament.

 
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