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Steve Johnson of the US hits a return to Kyle Edmund of Great Britain on the third day of the US Open Tennis Championships at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York, USA, 30 August 2017. The US Open runs through September 10. EPA-EFE/PETER FOLEY



Stevie Johnson Begins Title Defense On All-American Tuesday Night

Seven Americans on Tuesday Schedule at River Oaks



Monday, April 9, 2018

Singles Round

[Q] Denis Kudla (USA) d [5] Fernando Verdasco (Spain) 6-4 7-6(4)

[8] Tennys Sandgren (USA) d Blaz Kavcic (Slovenia) 6-2 6-2

Frances Tiafoe (USA) d [WC] Mackenzie McDonald (USA) 6-3 6-3

Henri Laaksonen (Switzerland) d [WC] Dustin Brown (Germany) 6-4 6-3

Bjorn Fratangelo (USA) d Jordan Thompson (Australia) 6-1 6-1


Doubles First Round

[WC] Ivo Karlovic (Croatia) & Daniel Nestor (Canada) d Nick Kyrgios (Australia) & Matt Reid (Australia) 7-6(6) 6-4


ORDER OF PLAY – Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Center Court – 12 pm Start

Ken Skupski (Great Britain) & Neal Skupski (Great Britain) vs Fabrice Martin (France) & Purav Raja (India)

Nicolas Kicker (Argentina) vs Donald Young (USA)

[Q] Miomir Kecmanovic (Serbia) vs [7] Ryan Harrison (USA)

Not Before 6 pm

Ernesto Escobedo (USA) vs [6] Steve Johnson (USA)

Tim Smyczek (USA) vs Taylor Fritz (USA)


Court 3 start 12 pm

Taro Daniel (Japan) vs Ivo Karlovic (Croatia)

Horacio Zeballos (Argentina) vs [Q] Yoshihito Nishioka (Japan)

Andre Begemann (Germany) & Antonio Sancic (Croatia) vs Nicholas Monroe (USA) vs John-Patrick Smith (Australia)

[Q] Stefan Kozlov (USA) vs Guido Pella (Argentina)


Singles Main Draw

Doubles Draw

Qualifying Draw



– The 2017 US Clay winner Steve Johnson begins his title defense Tuesday night against last year’s semifinalist Ernesto Escobedo. Johnson is bidding to be the first player to repeat as US Clay champion since Andy Roddick in 2001-02.

– The youngest and oldest players in the field will be in action on Tuesday, with a 21-year difference in their ages. The youngest competitor is 18-year-old qualifier Miomir Kecmanovic who will face seventh-seeded Ryan Harrison. Ivo Karlovic, the 2007 US Clay champion, is the oldest player in the singles field at 39-years-old. He is facing Taro Daniel.

– Seven Americans will take the court in singles action Tuesday, including two all-American match ups during the evening session. They are part of a group of 15 USA players in this year’s field, which is an all-time record for a 28-draw ATP World Tour event. That also equals the tournament’s Houston-era record which was set in 2003 when the event was a 32-player draw.



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

River Oaks Country Club is hosting a professional tennis 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 the doubles champions were Chile’s Julio Peralta and Argentina’s Horacio Zeballos. The tournament beneficiary are the National Junior Tennis & Learning programs of the Houston Tennis Association. More information about the tournament can be found at www.mensclaycourt.com.

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