Defending singles champion Steve Johnson will return to River Oaks Country Club for the 2018 Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship which will take place April 7-15.
The announcement of the commitment from Johnson comes just weeks before single session and Champs Pass weekend tickets for the 2018 event go on sale Dec. 1.
Johnson won the 2017 title in dramatic fashion, rallying from a break down in the third set of both the semifinal and the title match. Those were two of a tournament record 16 three-set matches that took place in 2017.
A quarterfinalist or better at nine events in 2017, Johnson finished the season in the Top 50 for the fourth consecutive season. His win at River Oaks was the second title of his career.
Johnson is enjoying pro success after a collegiate career that included two NCAA singles titles while helping to lead the University of Southern California to four team titles. He ended his college career with a 72-match winning streak.
Johnson has played at River Oaks five times. He will be bidding to be the first player to repeat as US Clay champion since Andy Roddick won back-to-back titles in 2001 and 2002.
Single session tickets as well as the Champs Pass, which includes tickets to the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals, will go on sale on Dec. 1. The Champ Pass has sold out in advance of the tournament in each of the past nine years. To purchase tickets or for more information click here.