What are the dates for 2016?
The Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship will be held April 4-10, 2016. Qualifying will kick off the tournament April 2-3, 2016.
Where do I park? What's the cost?
Parking is available on the side streets off of River Oaks Boulevard. Please take note when parking as it is a residential neighborhood and there are no parking signs on some streets. Shuttle service compliments of John Daugherty Realtors will bring you from neighborhood parking directly to the front entrance of the tournament site.
Where is River Oaks Country Club located?
1600 River Oaks Blvd
Houston, TX 77019
When's the best day or session to attend?
Every fan finds a different day to his or her liking. There are more matches earlier in the week, but as the week progresses, the excitement builds as the field narrows.
When do the sessions begin and end?
There are two sessions each day, Monday through Friday. The day session begins at 12 noon, while the evening sessions will start at 6 p.m. Saturday play will begin at 1 p.m. and the Sunday Final will start at 2 p.m. Day session tickets can access stadium court until the end of last scheduled day session match, but are also good for all matches on outside courts until they conclude. The night session ends at the conclusion of the last match of the day, regardless of the location.
When do the gates open?
Gates will open one hour before the start of matches each day.
Does my child need a ticket?
Children 3 years of age and younger do not require a ticket.
What items (including food or beverages) are permitted to be brought onto the grounds of the River Oaks Country Club?
Outside food and beverage are not permitted on tournament grounds. There is not an ATM located on tournament grounds.
What happens if it rains?
Play can continue in a very light rain. At the discretion of the umpire and tour supervisor, play can be suspended if the conditions are unsafe. In that instance, play will resume when possible after the weather clears and the court is prepared once again for play. The best way to stay current with any delays is by following the tournament’s twitter feed.
Do you offer discounts?
USTA members are eligible for a discount on both season and daily tickets; please call the box office for more information.
How is the draw made?
The draw is made the same way at every tournament. First, the seeds (the highest-ranked players in the draw) are placed in the draw (No. 1 on the first line, No. 2 on the last line and then the others in alternating order on pre-determined lines). Once the seeds are in place, the other players are drawn at random and placed on the empty lines -- starting at the top and going down the draw until it is filled.
How is the schedule made?
The schedule is made with input from the Tours, the players, television, and the tournament. The tournament makes requests based on what it feels is in the best interest of the fans.
When is the schedule made?
During the tournament, the schedule is made daily and usually is available around 6 p.m. It is then posted on this web site.
Can you tell me now when a particular player will play?
No. In a single elimination tournament, only one player advances and since no one knows who will win or lose, no one knows who will play when.
When is the first round played? When's the second round played?
Typically the first round matches are played over Monday and Tuesday, and the second round over Wednesday and Thursday. There are exceptions to this, so it is recommended to check the daily schedule to see when each match will be held.
Can I watch matches on other courts?
Yes. Matches will be played on four outer courts that all fans with tickets have access to.
On how many courts are matches played?
Matches will be played on a total of four courts: Center Court and three outer courts.
Can I watch players practice? How do I know who's practicing when and where?
Yes. Any fan with a ticket can watch players practice on the outer courts. The daily practice schedule will be updated every morning so that fans can know when and where their favorite players will be hitting.
How do I volunteer?
If you are new and interested in volunteering, please email email@example.com for a volunteer application.
How do I get a media credential?
If you are interested in getting a media credential, please fill out the ‘Credential Application’ form located at MEDIA INFO
and click submit to have your form sent to tournament staff. Approved or denied credential applications will be notified in writing.
Is the tournament televised?
Yes. Broadcast schedule will be released closer to the tournament. In 2015, the tournament was broadcast on Tennis Channel in the United States.
How do I participate in Ladies Day?
Ladies Day is an annual event, hosted each Tuesday during the tournament at 10:30am. The purchase of a day session ticket gives each lady access to a clinic designed for doubles play with Coach Wayne Bryan, as well as some of tournament doubles players.