P1010960One of my favorite events is back, the Sarasota Open, held at the Longboat Key Club on Longboat Key, located west of Sarasota and Bradenton. This year the event features Ivo Karlovic, Jack Sock and Ryan Harrison.Last year Brian Baker made his breakout to the semis which launched his astonishing comeback to the ATP Tour. Sam Querrey, Marinko Matosevic and James Blake were the other big names in the tournament. Querrey, on his own comeback last year after an injury hiatus, won the title last year over Italian Paolo Lorenzi. James Blake won in 2011 and Kei Nishikori triumphed in 2010. The $100,000 Challenger event is played at the famous Longboat Key Club which is as nice if not nicer than some of the venues which currently stage regular ATP events. Longboat Key Club is just a few miles down Gulf Drive from the now desolate Colony Tennis Resort. Tickets are still available for the 2013 Sarasota Open by calling 941-809-8996 or go to the sarasotaopen.org web site for more info.Tennis-prose will be attending the qualifying rounds and most of the tournament so stay tuned for tons of coverage, scoops and interviews.