2013 Clay Court Tennis Championship Entry List

lleytonFormer champions Lleyton Hewitt (2009) and Tommy Haas (2004) as well as former finalist James Blake (2008) are among the players added to the field for the 2013 US Men’s Clay Court Championship as the preliminary entry list was released this week. Twenty-three players, including six ranked within the Top 25 on the ATP World Tour, have committed to the 28-player field for the tournament at River Oaks Country Club April 8-14.

Hewitt, a two-time Grand Slam champion from Australia, and Germany’s Haas headline a list of international stars in the event that includes defending champion Juan Monaco from Argentina, France’s Gael Monfils and Spaniard’s Nicolas Almagro and Fernando Verdasco.

 Blake, a former Top 5 player, is among a group of seven Americans that includes 2012 River Oaks runner-up John Isner, 2010 finalist Sam Querrey, Ryan Harrison, Tim Smyczek, Houston resident Michael Russell and wild card recipient Jack Sock. (Sock, in particular, has been having a very successful past month, competing well in tournaments in Memphis and Delray Beach.)

“Getting the entry list always gives everyone around River Oaks a little energy boost because it means the tournament is now less than six weeks away,” said Tournament Director Van Barry. “With the players that has signed up for the 2013 tournament, I anticipate a lot of excitement for this tournament. It’s such a deep field, I think every day of the week will have plenty of stars and quality matches.”

One more player will join the field as wild cards while four more players will advance into the main draw through the qualifying tournament that will be held begin April 6 at River Oaks.

In addition to these singles players, four-time doubles champion the Bryan Brothers will return to River Oaks. The twin brothers Bob and Mike are the World No. 1 doubles team. They own the record for Grand Slam titles with 13 together as well as total career titles together with 85.

Individual session tickets and the very popular “Champ Pass” are on sale on now. The Champ Pass for the 2013 US Men’s Clay Court Championship includes a ticket to the Friday, Saturday and Sunday sessions. “The Champ Pass” usually sells out before the tournament begins. A limited number of season ticket packages are still remaining. Information on tickets can be found at http://www.mensclaycourt.com or by calling 713-874-6294.

SINGLES ENTRIES (Name/Ranking When Entered/Country)
Nicolas Almagro / 12 / ESP
Martin Alund / 91 / ARG
Ricardas Berankis / 87 / LTU
Carlos Berlocq / 75 / ARG
James Blake / 99 / USA
Flavio Cipolla / 100 / ITA
Somdev Devvarman / 85 / IND
Tommy Haas / 19 / GER
Ryan Harrison / 76 / USA
Lleyton Hewitt / 98 / AUS
John Isner / 15 / USA
Jesse Levine / 95 / CAN
Paolo Lorenzi / 57 / ITA
Leonardo Mayer / 77 / ARG
Juan Monaco / 14 / ARG
Gael Monfils (WC) / 107 / FRA
Guido Pella / 88 / ARG
Sam Querrey / 23 / USA
Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo / 96 / ESP
Michael Russell / 72 / USA
Tim Smyczek / 101 / USA
Jack Sock / 130 / USA
Fernando Verdasco / 24 / ESP

Bob Bryan & Mike Bryan / 2 / USA & USA


Greg Victor

Greg Victor (Parcbench Culture Editor) covers the worlds of tennis and country music for Parcbench. Based in New York City and frequently on the road.

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