Ten Americans will head to River Oaks Country Club in six weeks for the 2019 Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship. They are among the 21 ATP stars included on the initial entry list for the 28-player ATP 250 tournament that will be contested April 8-14.
The American contingent is led by World No. 9 John Isner, the 2013 champion at River Oaks, US Clay’s two-time defending champion Steve Johnson and two-time finalist Sam Querrey.
Ten total countries are represented in the field, with France’s Jeremy Chardy the highest ranked non-American. He is joined by notable foreign entries including 2007 US Clay champion Ivo Karlovic of Croatia and Australia’s Nick Kyrgios.
There are nine players aged 25 or younger in the field, the three youngest of whom are junior major champions – Taylor Fritz, 21 (2015 US Open); Reilly Opelka, 21 (2015 Wimbledon); and Christian Garin, 22 (2013 French Open).
Veterans in the field include six players over the age of 30, led by Karlovic, who turns 40-years-old on February 28.
Four players will be making their debut at River Oaks - Hugo Dellien, Christian Garin, Cameron Norrie and Bernard Tomic.
“We are eager for these ATP stars to arrive in Houston for our 85th tournament at River Oaks,” said Tournament Director Bronwyn Greer. “This field is a terrific blend of established veterans as well as up-and-coming stars. We also enjoy having familiar faces in our field, but also look forward to welcoming the newcomers for the first time.”
Here is the initial entry list of 21 players for the 2019 Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship:
(ATP Rank) Name, Age, Country
(33) Jeremy Chardy, 32, France
(59) Pablo Cuevas, 33, Uruguay
(95) Hugo Dellien, 25, Bolivia
(46) Taylor Fritz, 21, USA
(103) Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, 35, Spain
(92) Christian Garin, 22, Chile
(93) Ryan Harrison, 26, USA
(9) John Isner, 33, USA
(36) Steve Johnson, 29, USA
(89) Ivo Karlovic, 39, Croatia
(90) Bradley Klahn, 28, USA
(68) Denis Kudla, 26, USA
(72) Nick Kyrgios, 23, Australia
(71) Mackenzie McDonald, 23, USA
(75) Yoshihito Nishioka, 23, Japan
(64) Cameron Norrie, 23, Great Britain
(58) Reilly Opelka, 21, USA
(57) Sam Querrey, 31, USA
(79) Tennys Sandgren, 27, USA
(79) Jordan Thompson, 24, Australia
(83) Bernard Tomic, 26, Australia
Three more players will be awarded wild cards to join the field while four others will earn entry through the two-round qualifying tournament at River Oaks April 6-7.
The 16-team doubles field will be headlined by six-time champions Bob and Mike Bryan. That initial entry list will be released in March.
Limited tickets remain for select sessions of the Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship at www.mensclaycourt.com. The tournament is once again utilizing the Ticket Turnback Program to allow patrons holding tickets they cannot use to release those for resale, with the proceeds being donated to The Pediatric Trauma Center at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital.