Lone Star State Hosts US Men's Clay Court Championship
The US Men's Clay Court Championship began in 1910 in Omaha with an idea of encouraging the establishment of more clay courts in the West. Since then, the tournament has been contested in numerous cities across the United States, before settling in its current location of Houston in 2001. It is the only ATP World Tour event in the U.S. contested on clay.
Name: US Men's Clay Court Championship
Category: ATP World Tour 250
Place: Houston, U.S.A.
Draw Size: S-28 D-16
Prize Money: $ 442,500
Total Financial Commitment: $ 500,000 http://www.mensclaycourt.com/
Fish Leads Houston Field
World No. 9 Mardy Fish will make his 10th appearance at the US Men's Clay Court Championship, where he won the 2006 title (d. Melzer). The American has a 6-14 record in ATP World Tour finals, with five of his titles coming on North American soil.
Isner In Confident Mood - World No. 11 John Isner makes his fifth appearance in Houston, where he reached the quarter-finals 2009 (l. to Odesnik) and 2011 (l. to Karlovic).
Lopez Aims For Consistency - Feliciano Lopez, who is at a career-high World No. 15, will look to kick start his 2012 ATP World Tour season on his Houston debut.
Monaco Eyes Clay Title - Juan Monaco, this year's Vina del Mar titlist (d. Berlocq), aims to lift his fifth ATP World Tour title. The Argentinean has a 157-91 tour-level record on clay courts.
Singles Players # Player W-L Best Finish
1 Mardy Fish (USA) 10-8 W-'06
2 John Isner (USA) 3-4 Q-'11,09
3 Feliciano Lopez (ESP) 0-0
4 Juan Monaco (ARG) 2-2 Q-'07
5 Kevin Anderson (RSA) 1-2 R16-'10
6 Carlos Berlocq (ARG) 0-3 R32-'11,08,06
7 Alex Bogomolov Jr. (RUS) 1-2 R16-'04
8 Ivo Karlovic (CRO) 7-2 W-'07
Qualifier vs Gimeno-Traver, Daniel
Malisse, Xavier vs Kunitsyn, Igor
Harrison, Ryan vs (7) Bogomolov Jr., Alex
(4) Monaco, Juan
Ito, Tatsuma vs Qualifier
Prodon, Eric vs Querrey, Sam
Souza, Joao vs (5) Anderson, Kevin
(6) Berlocq, Carlos vs Blake, James
Phau, Bjorn vs Junqueira, Diego
Lorenzi, Paolo vs Odesnik, Wayne
(3) Lopez, Feliciano
(8) Karlovic, Ivo vs Reynolds, Bobby
Sweeting, Ryan vs Qualifier
Qualifier vs Ungur, Adrian
(2) Isner, John