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April 1-9 2023
April 1-9 2023

US Clay Draws Unveiled; Ruud Headlines

02 Apr 2022

Led by 2019 finalist and No. 1 seed Casper Ruud, the Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship released the draws for the ATP 250 tournament that takes place April 2-10 at River Oaks Country Club. 


All the top eight seeds of the main singles draw are currently in the top 40 ATP Tour rankings. Ruud, the current World No. 8 who recently made his first Masters 1000 final in Miami, joins Americans Taylor Fritz, Reilly Opelka and 2013 River Oaks champion John Isner as the top four seeds that receive a first-round bye. 

Defending champion Cristian Garin, the No. 5 seed in 2022, has won four ATP Tour titles since his victory in River Oaks. Americans Frances Tiafoe (No. 6 seed), Tommy Paul (No. 7 seed) and Jenson Brooksby (No. 8 seed) are all seeded at River Oaks for the first time. 

ATP Tour tennis returns to River Oaks for the first time since 2019 starting Saturday at 11 a.m. with qualifying. The two-round qualifying tournament for the final four main draw spots is free admission and features players from eight different countries. 

Fritz (No. 2 seed) won his first career ATP Masters 1000 title in Indian Wells last month and climbed to a career-high No. 13 ranking. Opelka (No. 3 seed) won his third career ATP Tour title in Dallas and reached the final in Delray Beach back in February. Isner (No. 4 seed), a 16-time ATP Tour champion, will be making his 12th appearance at River Oaks. 

Garin faces former champion Jack Sock (2015), who got in the main draw as a wild card. Tiafoe takes on former NCAA singles champion from UCLA Marcos Giron in the first round while Paul faces Germany’s Peter Gojowczyk. Brooksby will compete against former All-American from Ohio State University J.J. Wolf, who received the final wild card of the tournament. 

Six-time ATP Tour winner Nick Kyrgios, the tournament’s first wild card, will face another former NCAA singles champion from UCLA Mackenzie McDonald in the first round. 

After withdrawals, recent additions to the singles main draw include two-time champion Steve Johnson (2017, 2018) and two-time finalist Sam Querrey (2010, 2015). Johnson, who faces fellow American Denis Kudla, owns an 11-5 record at River Oaks and was the No. 1 seed in 2019. Querrey currently owns the most River Oaks wins among active players with 17 and faces Daniel Elahi Galan in the first round. 

The doubles draw features 16 teams, including the wild card duo of Kyrgios, the Australian Open doubles champion, and three-time Major doubles champion Sock. Australian Open finalists Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell earned the No. 1 seed and will face 2012 doubles champion Querrey and Johnson, one of four all-American doubles duos in the field. 
 
Main draw action for singles and doubles begins on Monday at 2 p.m. Times for the first round main draw matches will be announced Sunday. For more information, visit mensclaycourt.com.

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