Men's Tennis
    Steve Johnson Steps Up For More ATP Action
    Steve Johnson plays exhibition doubles tonight to kick off the SAP Open.

    Steve Johnson plays exhibition doubles tonight to kick off the SAP Open.

    Feb. 13, 2012

    USC senior Steve Johnson is in San Jose, Calif., this week for some high-quality tennis action at the SAP Open. Johnson will be playing in his fourth ATP event this week as a wildcard into the singles competition starting tomorrow (Feb. 14). But first, Johnson takes center court for exhibition doubles play tonight at 7 p.m. Johnson is paired with Frenchman Gael Monfils to take on Americans John McEnroe and Jack Sock.

    Tomorrow, Johnson takes to the singles courts for his first-round matchup against Belgian Steve Darcis. The winner of that match will go up against No. 4 seeded Radek Stepanek of Czech Republic in the Round of 32. Johnson's exhibition doubles teammate Monfils is the top seed in the singles draw, opposite No. 2 seeded Andy Roddick.

    Johnson is in the midst of his senior season at USC, where he is aiming to help the Trojans win a fourth straight NCAA Team Championship. The defending NCAA singles champion, Johnson holds a 44-match collegiate singles winning streak that dates back to March 2010. He has been playing as an amateur on the pro circuit throughout the fall, and is competing in occasional tournaments during this spring season as well.

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