After a light schedule at the Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship on Monday, Tuesday action brings with it a whopping 13 matches.
Headlining the day session is 2014 champion Fernando Verdasco. The Spaniard returns to Houston for a fifth straight year. He will face off with big serving South African Kevin Anderson, who is back at the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship for the first time since reaching the semifinals in 2015. This will be the pair’s fifth career meeting, having split the previous four.
To many a fans delight, Dustin Brown and Frances Tiafoe were awarded a wild card to play doubles together at the 2017 tournament. The entertaining duo will meet the No.2 seed, Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah Tuesday afternoon. While this will be Brown and Tiafoe’s first time pairing together, Cabal and Farah have been competing (and winning) together since 2014. The Colombian squad has won nine ATP World Tour doubles titles, seven of them coming on clay.
Wander around the grounds at River Oaks and you’ll stumble upon a rematch of a 2016 first round meeting between 20-year-old Hyeon Chung and 36-year-old Victor Estrella Burgos. The pair duked it out on Center Court, with the young South Korean winning in three sets.
Later on in the day, USA’s Sam Querrey will pair up with Anderson in doubles, taking on No.3 seed and Memphis Open champions Brian Baker and Nikola Mektic.
Kicking off the evening session will be two-time semifinalist Feliciano Lopez. The Spaniard will face off with American wild card Bjorn Fratangelo for the first time in his career. 23-year-old Fratangelo has a history of success on the red clay, having won the the boys' singles title at the 2011 French Open, becoming only the second American out of three to win the event, following John McEnroe in 1977 and preceding Tommy Paul in 2015.
Wrapping up Center Court play Tuesday is an all-American battle between 20-year-old wild card Ernesto Escobedo and 25-year-old qualifier Tennys Sandgren. The compatriots have played one another twice while on the ATP Challenger Tour, with the California native Escobedo winning both encounters.
Tuesday action will consist of seven singles matches and six doubles matches, with play beginning at 12 noon (and gates opening at 10am). Check out the full schedule here.