America’s top four players will kick off their 2017 Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship on a busy Thursday that will feature the entire singles second round.
Jack Sock, the No. 1 seed, will headline the night session Thursday when he takes on 39-year-old Tommy Haas. Sock, who is the first seed at an ATP event for the first time in his career, is second on the Tour in 2017 for match wins (18-5) and titles with two. Haas, the 2004 champion, posted his first win since 2015 with his opening round victory over Reilly Opelka.
Sock and Haas have split two previous meetings, with Haas winning their only prior clay match, which came at the 2013 French Open.
Second seed John Isner, the 2013 champion here, will lead things off on Wednesday when he faces qualifier Leonardo Mayer. Isner defeated Mayer in their only previous career meeting, which came on clay in Rome in 2015.
Fourth seed Steve Johnson will be looking to reach his first quarterfinal here when he faces fan favorite Dustin Brown. Brown has twice defeated the River Oaks defending champion, beating Juan Monaco on Monday after defeating Isner in 2014. Johnson won their only previous meeting in a third set tie-break two years ago in Memphis.
Two-time US Clay finalist Sam Querrey will face 2010 semifinalist Horacio Zeballos in the final match of the day session on Center Court.
The action will not be limited to Center Court, with a full slate also scheduled on Court 3, including two popular Spaniards and a pair of NextGenATP stars.
Opening play on Court 3 will be Spain’s Fernando Verdasco, the 2014 River Oaks champion, facing Nicolas Kicker.
A pair of Brazilians who are riding high after their own Davis Cup success this past weekend will be next up. Both Thomaz Bellucci and Thiago Monteiro went 2-0 in Brazil’s win at Ecuador. On Thursday, Bellucci will face Maximo Gonzalez while Monteiro faces 20-year-old American Ernesto Escobedo.
Two-time River Oaks semifinalist Feliciano Lopez will take on 20-year-old Hyeon Chung to close out the singles action on Court 3.
Thursday’s play will wrap up with the final first round doubles matches, including the first-time pairing of Brown with 19-year-old American Frances Tiafoe.