Houston Open Tennis Tournament
The Houston Open is an ATP Tour tennis tournament held in Houston, Texas. It is the last remaining ATP Tour-level tournament in the United States that is played on clay courts. The event began in 1910 and has been held in 21 different cities. In 2000, the event came to Houston and has since been played at River Oaks Country Club. Houston Open Tennis
The history of the tournament is fascinating and unique in many ways. In fact, it has a longer history than most other ATP Tour events in the U.S. The tournament is also one of the most prestigious and competitive on the tour.
It has been the scene of some memorable battles in its short history. For example, former US Open champion Andy Roddick defeated defending champion Juan Monaco in the 2002 final in a five-set epic that went to a deciding set.
Players from a number of countries have won the tournament. The current champion, Cristian Garin, is from Chile and has won the title for three consecutive years.
There is no doubt that this tournament has a special place in the hearts of international stars. They rate it as one of their favorite events on the calendar and have won a number of titles here.
This year’s draw looks to be an exciting one with some big names expected to challenge for the title, including Reilly Opelka of the USA and Nick Kyrgios from Australia. Both are capable of delivering memorable displays of tennis on a grand scale, and their first-round match-ups should be very entertaining.
Reilly Opelka is a talented American who has been able to find his footing in recent weeks on the ATP World Tour, winning four matches in his debut season as a professional. Opelka has a strong record against the top players on the circuit and is looking to continue his success this week in Houston, where he will face fifth seed Cristian Garin of Chile.
Another big American player is Jack Sock, who has won the title in Houston a number of times and is eager to repeat his performance. Sock, who is ranked 97th in the world, was a shock runner-up at this year’s US Open and will look to make an impression in his second-round match against sixth-seed Mackenzie McDonald of the USA.
Other Americans who are likely to make a deep run include Taylor Fritz and Sam Querrey. Both of them are a bit off their game but could be a great challenge for Opelka or Isner.
It will be interesting to see how a player like Sock handles the change of surfaces. He has won the tournament on clay in both of his previous visits to Houston.
The USTA has a very clear policy against players playing two events on the same weekend. This rule is enforced during the registration process and must be followed.
Players who do not follow this rule will be subject to penalties. If a player is found to be in violation they may receive up to four penalty points. This can have a serious impact on their ranking and career.