WHEN: Monday through next Sunday.
WHERE: HP Pavilion.
WHAT: After 125 years, this storied men's professional tennis tournament is ending its Bay Area run, as it will be moved to Memphis next year. Plans this week call for a video tribute Monday and Saturday to the tournament's longtime promoter, Barry MacKay, who elevated the level of the event in the 1970s and '80s by bringing in stars such as John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors. (MacKay died in June after a long illness). Previous champions also will be honored on the video board during the week.
WHO: Five of the top 30 players in the world rankings are in this year's tournament, led by two-time defending SAP Open champion Milos Raonic of Canada. Raonic is the top seed and ranked 13th. American John Isner, ranked 16th, is seeded second, and another American, 20th-ranked Sam Querrey, is seeded third. There are three former SAP Open champions in the field -- Fernando Verdasco, Lleyton Hewitt and Raonic. The doubles field includes twin brothers Bob and Mike Bryan, who will play in the featured match Tuesday night.
EXHIBITION: The night session Saturday will include a mixed doubles match featuring Stefanie (formerly Steffi) Graf, Lindsay Davenport and Andy Roddick.
TV: Semifinals on Saturday at 1 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., Comcast SportsNet California and Tennis Channel; final Sunday at 3 p.m., Comcast SportsNet California and Tennis Channel.
SCHEDULE: Sessions Monday through Thursday begin at 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sessions Friday begin at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sessions Saturday begin at 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Session Sunday begins at 1 p.m.
LAST YEAR: Raonic defeated Denis Istomin 7-6 (3), 6-2 in the final.
TICKETS: Various packages are available. For more information, visit http://www.sapopentennis.com/tickets/
-- DARREN SABEDRA