Featuring six seeded Americans, the Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship draw officially signals the stateside start of clay season. VIEW DRAW HERE
Top seed John Isner will look to maintain his momentum after hoisting his first ATP Masters 1000 trophy at the Miami Open. The 32-year-old, who is currently sitting at his career-high ranking of No. 9 in the world, is one of five former champions and 13 Americans currently in the draw. Sam Querrey, Jack Sock and Nick Kyrgios round out the top four seeds.
During first-round action, there are two all-American matchups to keep an eye on in a loaded top quarter. Frances Tiafoe, who won his first career title earlier this year in Delray Beach, will battle former UCLA Bruin Mackenzie McDonald, while surprise 2017 semifinalist Ernesto Escobedo is slated to take on defending champion and No. 6 seed Steve Johnson.
Elsewhere, Taylor Fritz will take on Tim Smyczek, and Japan's Taro Daniel will meet 39-year-old former champion Ivo Karlovic.
One of two Australians in the draw, Kyrgios will make his much-anticipated debut on the River Oaks clay after receiving a wild card. Following a first-round bye, he will face the winner of Blaz Kavcic and No. 8 seed Tennys Sandgren.
Sandgren, who made his ATP World Tour debut here in Houston last year, started his season with a career-best performance at the Australian Open. The 26-year-old Tennesseean upset Stan Wawrinka and Dominic Thiem to reach his first Grand Slam quarterfinal.
Four main draw slots are at stake as qualifying action kicks off Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. Admission is free.
Watch our draw preview in the inaugural River Oaks Report.