US Mens Clay Court
@River Oaks Country Club
Friday 4/12/2019 12:00 PM
Singles Quarter Finals
Saturday 4/13/2019 1:00 PM
Singles Semifinals - Double Finals
Sunday 4/14/2019 2:00 PM
This weekend The River Oaks Country Club in the River Oaks neighborhood will host the US Men’s Clay Court Championships. The club has been hosting this even since 2008. River Oaks has hosted a tennis tournament since 1931. The qualifying started last weekend; finals this weekend with winners taking home the prize money of over half a million dollars in total.
Top seed John Isner pulled out the tournament due to a foot injury he suffered in Miami. Isner was playing Roger Federer in the final of the Miami Open when the injury occurred.
This will mark the first time Isner has not appeared in the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship since the tournament moved to River Oaks Country Club in 2008.
Steve Johnson, the two-time defending US Clay champion, becomes the No. 1 seed as a result of Isner's withdrawal. Johnson is bidding to be the first player three-peat at US Clay since Bobby Riggs did so in 1936-38.
The tournament began in 1910 when the Western Lawn Tennis Association (a section of the United States Lawn Tennis Association now known as the USTA/Midwest) lobbied the USLTA that a National Clay Court Championship would help promote the establishment of more clay courts in the West. Clay courts were more economical to install and maintain than grass courts, and the hope was that the lower costs associated with court construction would allow for a more rapid expansion of the game. The first National Clay Court Championships were held at the Omaha Field Club with a crowd of 5,000 watching the finals. Participation and play on clay grew as a result of the event and others, and in 1914 the event was moved to the Cincinnati Tennis Club. It has since been played in numerous cities, with long stints in River Forest and Indianapolis, and is today held in Houston, Texas. Between 1970 and 1989 it was part of the Grand Prix Tennis Tour as part of the Grand Prix Super Series of events (1970–1986).
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