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Mercurial ATP Rising Talent Nick Kyrgios Added to U.S. Clay Tennis

Nick Kyrgios of Australia in action against Dusan Lajovic of Serbia during their second round match at the Miami Open tennis tournament on Key Biscayne, Miami, Florida, USA, 24 March 2018 EPA-EFE/RHONA WISE

 

 

Nick Kyrgios Awarded US Clay Wild Card

Australian Completes Field For April’s River Oaks Tournament

 

 

Australia’s Nick Kyrgios has been awarded a wild card for the Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship which will take place April 7-15 at River Oaks Country Club.

 

Kyrgios opened 2018 by winning the title on home soil in Brisbane, his fourth career ATP title. Kyrgios had a 9-2 record this season heading into a third round match in Miami Monday afternoon.

 

“Nick is an electrifying player and we are thrilled he is able to join us in April.” Said Tournament Director Bronwyn Greer. “Being able to add an international star with a high ranking is fantastic way to fill out our field, and gets us ever more energized for play to begin in less than two weeks.”

 

In 2016, Kyrgios won a career-best 39 matches and three ATP titles. He backed that up with 31 wins last season and a pair of runner-up finishes, including at the ATP Masters 1000 event in Cincinnati.

 

At 22-years-old, Kyrgios is the sixth player in the 2018 US Clay field aged 23 or younger.

 

Currently No. 20 in the world, Kyrgios joins a US Clay field that includes four other players currently in the Top 20 of the Emirates ATP Rankings – Kevin Anderson (No. 8), Jack Sock (No. 11), Sam Querrey (No. 14) and John Isner (No. 17).

 

Kyrgios is the third wild card to be announced, joining Dustin Brown and Ernesto Escobedo in the field. This completes the initial field of 24 players for the 2018 tournament, with four other players to be added through a two-round qualifying tournament April 7-8 at River Oaks.

 

Limited tickets remain available for select main draw sessions of the Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship. To purchase tickets or for more information visit www.mensclaycourt.com.

 

Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship at River Oaks Country Club

River Oaks Country Club will be hosting a professional tournament for the 84th time when the 2018 Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship is held April 7-15. River Oaks first hosted its own tournament, The River Oaks International, in 1931, and its roster of former champions includes Jack Kramer, Tony Trabert, Rod Laver, Roy Emerson, Ken Rosewall, Ivan Lendl, Guillermo Vilas and James Blake. Houston is the 21st city to host the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship. The tournament came to Houston in 2001, and has been hosted at River Oaks since 2008. Started in 1910 by the USTA, the 2018 tournament will be the 108th competition for the Clay Court Championship. The 2017 singles title was won by American Steve Johnson while doubles champions were Chile’s Julio Peralta and Argentina’s Horacio Zeballos

More information is available at www.mensclaycourt.com

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