Former champion Marcel Granollers headlines the initial entries of 14 players for the qualifying tournament at this year’s Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship.
The two-round qualifying event, which will see four players advance to the main draw, will take place April 6-7. Admission to the qualifying rounds is FREE for spectators.
Granollers defeated James Blake in the 2008 final, the first year the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship moved to River Oaks Country Club.
Two of the five Americans in the qualifying field won junior Grand Slam events. Bjorn Fratangelo was the 2011 French Open junior winner while Noah Rubin won the 2014 Wimbledon junior title. They are joined in the field by countrymen Christopher Eubanks, Marcos Giron and Mitchell Krueger, a Texas native.
Norway’s Casper Ruud is the highest ranked player on the initial entry list. His father, Christian, was the 1996 River Oaks International Tennis Tournament champion.
Here is the initial list of 14 players for the qualifying field (two additional players will be awarded wild cards):
(ATP Rank) Name, Age, Country
(140) Alex Bolt, 26, Australia
(131) Alexander Bublik, 21, Kazakhstan
(150) Christoher Eubanks, 22, USA
(122) Bjorn Fratangelo, 25, USA
(173) Marcos Giron, 25, USA
(111) Marcel Granollers, 32, Spain
(170) Mitchell Krueger, 25, USA
(129) Henri Laaksonen, 26, Switzerland
(107) Paolo Lorenzi, 34, Italy
(138) Peter Polansky, 30, Canada
(172) Roberto Quiroz, 27, Ecuador
(146) Noah Rubin, 23, USA
(98) Casper Ruud, 25, Norway
(177) James Ward, 32, Great Britain
The four qualifiers will join the 28-player main draw. The initial entry list of 21 players was announced last month. Three players will be granted wild cards for the main draw field.
This year is the 85th tournament River Oaks has hosted. The River Oaks International Tennis Tournament began in 1931, and merged with the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship, which started in 1910, when the latter moved to River Oaks in 2008.
The 16-team doubles field will be headlined by six-time champions Bob and Mike Bryan. That initial entry list will be released during the last week of 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.