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U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships

U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship
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Tournament information
Location Houston, Texas
United States
Venue River Oaks Country Club
Category Grand Prix Tour (1970–89) (GP Championship Series in 1974–77)
ATP World Series
(1990–1997)
ATP International Series
(1998–2008)
ATP World Tour 250 series
(2009–current)
Surface American Red Clay / Outdoors
Draw 28S/32Q/16D
Prize money $500,000
Website MensClayCourt.com
Current champions
Men's singles 23x15px Jack Sock
Men's doubles 23x15px Ričardas Berankis / 23x15px Teymuraz Gabashvili

The U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship is an annual ATP Tour tennis tournament that started in 1910. It is the last remaining ATP Tour-level tournament in the United States to be played on clay courts.

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.[1] Between 1970 and 1989 it was part of the Grand Prix Tennis Tour as part of the Grand Prix Championship Series of events (1970–1986).

Relocation

The event was held at the Houston Westside Tennis Club from 2001–07. On May 8, 2007, the U.S. Tennis Association announced that the River Oaks Country Club in the River Oaks neighborhood would host the tournament starting in 2008, which will keep the event in Houston for several years. Other cities that competed for the event were Atlanta, Georgia, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. The tournament pays out US$474,000 with the winner receiving US$85,900.[2] The River Oaks venue features a stadium with seating for 3,000. Temporary seating for 500 will be installed for the second court.[3]

In 2007, after a few years being held on the same red clay used at the French Open, the event was held on Har-Tru green clay. In 2008, the event went to a maroon color of Har-Tru clay as the River Oaks Country Club renovated their courts in 2005. After renovating their courts again in late 2008, the surface remained the same.

Champions

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River Oaks Country Club

Bill Tilden holds the record for most titles (7).
Bill Tilden and Frank Parker co-hold the record of most finals (8).

Year City Champion Runner-up Score
1910 Omaha, Nebraska 23x15px Melville H. Long 23x15px Walter Merrill Hall 6–0, 6–1, 6–1
1911 23x15px Walter T. Hayes 23x15px Percy D. Siverd 7–5, 6–2, 6–1
1912 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 23x15px Richard N. Williams 23x15px Walter T. Hayes 6–3, 6–1, 8–6
1913 Omaha, Nebraska 23x15px John R. Strachan 23x15px Walter Merrill Hall 6–0, 6–4, 4–6, 6–4
1914 Cincinnati, Ohio 23x15px Clarence Griffin 23x15px Elia Fottrell 3–6, 6–8, 8–6, 6–0, 6–2
1915 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 23x15px Richard N. Williams 23x15px Clarence Griffin Default
1916 Cleveland, Ohio 23x15px Willis E. Davis 23x15px Conrad B. Doyle 6–2, 7–5, 6–3
1917 23x15px Samuel Hardy 23x15px Charles Garland 3–6, 6–1, 6–3, 6–3
1918 Chicago, Illinois 23x15px Bill Tilden 23x15px Charles Garland 6–4, 6–4, 3–6, 6–2
1919 23x15px William Johnston[4] 23x15px Bill Tilden 6–0, 6–1, 4–6, 6–2
1920 23x15px Roland Roberts 23x15px Vincent Richards 6–3, 6–1, 6–3
1921 23x15px Walter T. Hayes 23x15px Alexander Squair 6–0, 6–2, 6–4
1922 Indianapolis, Indiana 23x15px Bill Tilden Template:Country data JPN Zenzo Shimizu 7–5, 6–3, 6–1
1923 23x15px Bill Tilden 23x15px Manuel Alonso 6–2, 6–8, 6–1, 7–5
1924 St. Louis, Missouri 23x15px Bill Tilden 23x15px Harvey Snodgrass 6–2, 6–1, 6–1
1925 23x15px Bill Tilden 23x15px George Lott 3–6, 6–3, 2–6, 6–2, 8–6
1926 Detroit, Michigan 23x15px Bill Tilden 23x15px Brian I. C. Norton Default
1927 23x15px Bill Tilden 23x15px John F. Hennessey 6–4, 6–1, 6–2
1928 Not Held
1929 Indianapolis, Indiana 23x15px Emmett Pare 23x15px J. Gilbert Hall 6–4, 6–3, 4–6, 3–6, 6–1
1930 Kansas City, Missouri 23x15px Bryan Grant 23x15px Wilbur F. Coen, Jr. 6–2, 6–4, 6–2
1931 St. Louis, Missouri 23x15px Ellsworth Vines 23x15px Keith Gledhill 6–3, 6–3, 6–3
1932 Memphis, Tennessee 23x15px George Lott 23x15px Bryan Grant 3–6, 6–2, 3–6, 6–3, 6–3
1933 Chicago, Illinois 23x15px Frank Parker 23x15px Gene Mako 6–3, 6–3, 6–3
1934 23x15px Bryan Grant 23x15px Donald Budge 6–2, 8–6, 6–3
1935 23x15px Bryan Grant 23x15px Frank Parker 4–6, 6–1, 3–6, 6–3, 6–0
1936 River Forest, Illinois 23x15px Bobby Riggs 23x15px Frank Parker 6–1, 6–8, 6–4
1937 Chicago, Illinois 23x15px Bobby Riggs 23x15px Joe Hunt 6–3, 4–6, 6–3, 6–4
1938 River Forest, Illinois 23x15px Bobby Riggs 23x15px Gardnar Mulloy 6–4, 5–7, 4–6, 6–1, 7–5
1939 Chicago, Illinois 23x15px Frank Parker 23x15px Gardnar Mulloy 6–3, 6–0, 5–7, 6–1
1940 23x15px Donald McNeill 23x15px Bobby Riggs 6–1, 6–4, 6–8, 6–3
1941 River Forest, Illinois 23x15px Frank Parker 23x15px Bobby Riggs 6–3, 7–5, 6–8, 4–6, 6–3
1942 St. Louis, Missouri 23x15px Seymour Greenberg 23x15px Harris Everett 5–7, 7–5, 7–9, 7–5
1943 Detroit, Michigan 23x15px Seymour Greenberg 23x15px William Talbert 6–1, 4–6, 6–3, 6–3
1944 23x15px Pancho Segura 23x15px William Talbert 6–3, 2–6, 7–5, 6–3
1945 Chicago, Illinois 23x15px William Talbert 23x15px Pancho Segura 6–4, 4–6, 6–2, 2–6, 6–2
1946 River Forest, Illinois 23x15px Frank Parker 23x15px William Talbert 6–4, 6–4, 6–2
1947 Salt Lake City, Utah 23x15px Frank Parker 23x15px Ted Schroeder 8–6, 6–2, 6–4
1948 River Forest, Illinois 23x15px Pancho Gonzalez 23x15px Nick Carter 7–5, 6–2, 6–3
1949 23x15px Pancho Gonzalez 23x15px Frank Parker 6–1, 3–6, 8–6, 6–3
1950 23x15px Herbert Flam 23x15px Ted Schroeder 6–1, 6–2, 6–2
1951 23x15px Tony Trabert 23x15px Arthur Larsen 6–8, 2–6, 6–4, 6–3, 8–6
1952 23x15px Arthur Larsen 23x15px Richard Savitt 4–6, 6–4, 6–2, 6–4
1953 23x15px Vic Seixas 23x15px Hamilton Richardson 6–2, 6–4, 6–3
1954 23x15px Bernard Bartzen 23x15px Tony Trabert 6–4, 4–6, 6–0, 6–2
1955 Atlanta, Georgia 23x15px Tony Trabert 23x15px Bernard Bartzen 10–8, 6–1, 6–4
1956 River Forest, Illinois 23x15px Herbert Flam 23x15px Edward Moylan 3–6, 6–3, 1–6, 6–3, 6–3
1957 23x15px Vic Seixas 23x15px Herbert Flam 1–6, 8–6, 6–1, 6–3
1958 23x15px Bernard Bartzen 23x15px Sam Giammalva 3–6, 7–5, 6–2, 6–2
1959 23x15px Bernard Bartzen 23x15px Whitney Reed 6–0, 8–6, 9–7
1960 23x15px Barry MacKay 23x15px Bernard Bartzen 4–6, 7–5, 6–4, 6–0
1961 23x15px Bernard Bartzen 23x15px Donald Dell 6–1, 2–6, 6–2, 6–0
1962 Chicago, Illinois 23x15px Chuck McKinley 23x15px Fred Stolle 6–3, 8–6, 6–4
1963 River Forest, Illinois 23x15px Chuck McKinley 23x15px Dennis Ralston 6–2, 6–2, 6–4
1964 23x15px Dennis Ralston 23x15px Chuck McKinley 6–2, 6–2, 6–1
1965 23x15px Dennis Ralston 23x15px Cliff Richey 6–4, 4–6, 6–4, 6–3
1966 Milwaukee, Wisconsin 23x15px Cliff Richey 23x15px Frank Froehling II 13–11, 6–1, 6–3
1967 23x15px Arthur Ashe 23x15px Marty Riessen 4–6, 6–3, 6–1, 7–5
1968 23x15px Clark Graebner 23x15px Stan Smith 6–3, 7–5, 6–0
1969 Indianapolis, Indiana 23x15px Željko Franulović 23x15px Arthur Ashe 8–6, 6–3, 6–4
1970 23x15px Cliff Richey 23x15px Stan Smith 6–2, 10–8, 3–6, 6–1
1971 23x15px Željko Franulović 23x15px Cliff Richey 6–3, 6–4, 0–6, 6–3
1972 23x15px Bob Hewitt 23x15px Jimmy Connors 7–6, 6–1, 6–2
1973 23x15px Manuel Orantes 23x15px Georges Goven 6–4, 6–1, 6–4
1974 23x15px Jimmy Connors 23x15px Björn Borg 5–7, 6–3, 6–4
1975 23x15px Manuel Orantes 23x15px Arthur Ashe 6–2, 6–2
1976 23x15px Jimmy Connors 23x15px Wojtek Fibak 6–2, 6–4
1977 23x15px Manuel Orantes 23x15px Jimmy Connors 6–1, 6–3
1978 23x15px Jimmy Connors 23x15px José Higueras 7–5, 6–1
1979 23x15px Jimmy Connors 23x15px Guillermo Vilas 6–1, 2–6, 6–4
1980 23x15px José Luis Clerc 23x15px Mel Purcell 7–5, 6–3
1981 23x15px José Luis Clerc 23x15px Ivan Lendl 4–6, 6–4, 6–2
1982 23x15px José Higueras 23x15px Jimmy Arias 7–5, 5–7, 6–3
1983 23x15px Jimmy Arias 23x15px Andrés Gómez 6–4, 2–6, 6–4
1984 23x15px Andrés Gómez 23x15px Balázs Taróczy 6–0, 7–6
1985 23x15px Ivan Lendl 23x15px Andrés Gómez 6–1, 6–3
1986 23x15px Andrés Gómez 23x15px Thierry Tulasne 6–4, 7–6
1987 23x15px Mats Wilander 23x15px Kent Carlsson 7–5, 6–3
1988 Charleston, South Carolina 23x15px Andre Agassi 23x15px Jimmy Arias 6–2, 6–2
1989 23x15px Jay Berger 23x15px Lawson Duncan 6–4, 6–3
1990 Kiawah Island, South Carolina 23x15px David Wheaton 23x15px Mark Kaplan 6–4, 6–4
1991 Charlotte, North Carolina 23x15px Jaime Yzaga 23x15px Jimmy Arias 6–3, 7–5
1992 23x15px MaliVai Washington 23x16px Claudio Mezzadri 6–3, 6–3
1993 23x15px Horacio de la Peña 23x15px Jaime Yzaga 3–6, 6–3, 6–4
1994 Birmingham, Alabama 23x15px Jason Stoltenberg 23x15px Gabriel Markus 6–3, 6–4
1995 Pinehurst, North Carolina 23x15px Thomas Enqvist 23x15px Javier Frana 6–3, 3–6, 6–3
1996 23x15px Fernando Meligeni 23x15px Mats Wilander 6–4, 6–2
1997 Orlando, Florida 23x15px Michael Chang 23x15px Grant Stafford 4–6, 6–2, 6–1
1998 23x15px Jim Courier 23x15px Michael Chang 7–5, 3–6, 7–5
1999 23x15px Magnus Norman 23x15px Guillermo Cañas 6–0, 6–3
2000 23x15px Fernando González 23x15px Nicolás Massú 6–2, 6–3
2001 Houston, Texas 23x15px Andy Roddick Template:Country data KOR Hyung-Taik Lee 7–5, 6–3
2002 23x15px Andy Roddick 23x15px Pete Sampras 7–6(11–9), 6–3
2003 23x15px Andre Agassi 23x15px Andy Roddick 3–6, 6–3, 6–4
2004 23x15px Tommy Haas 23x15px Andy Roddick 6–3, 6–4
2005 23x15px Andy Roddick 23x15px Sébastien Grosjean 6–2, 6–2
2006 23x15px Mardy Fish 23x15px Jürgen Melzer 3–6, 6–4, 6–3
2007 23x15px Ivo Karlović 23x15px Mariano Zabaleta 6–4, 6–1
2008 23x15px Marcel Granollers 23x15px James Blake 6–4, 1–6, 7–5
2009 23x15px Lleyton Hewitt 23x15px Wayne Odesnik 6–2, 7–5
2010 23x15px Juan Ignacio Chela 23x15px Sam Querrey 5–7, 6–4, 6–3
2011 23x15px Ryan Sweeting Template:Country data JPN Kei Nishikori 6–4, 7–6(7–3)
2012 23x15px Juan Mónaco 23x15px John Isner 6–2, 3–6, 6–3
2013 23x15px John Isner 23x15px Nicolás Almagro 6–3, 7–5
2014 23x15px Fernando Verdasco 23x15px Nicolás Almagro 6–3, 7–6(7–4)
2015 23x15px Jack Sock 23x15px Sam Querrey 7–6(11–9), 7–6(7–2)

See also

References

  1. ^ Clifford Terry (July 11, 1965). "Tennis by the quartz". Chicago Tribune. pp. Sunday Magazine, 16–19. 
  2. ^ "ATP Website – tournament profile". Retrieved December 11, 2014. 
  3. ^ Robertson, Dale (May 8, 2007). "Clay Courts finds new home at River Oaks". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved December 11, 2014. 
  4. ^ "W.M. Johnston Wins Two Tennis Titles". The Toronto World (Chicago). July 21, 1919. p. 8. 

Sources

  • References used for the Pre-Open Era locations and champions: United States Lawn Tennis Association Yearbook (1942–'44, '48–49, '51, '53. '55–56, '60, '64, '66 & '69), Spalding Lawn Tennis Annual (1916, '24–'28, '30–'31 & '39), Wright & Ditson's Lawn Tennis Annual (1911–'14, 1921, 1932–'33, '35 & '37), New York Times articles (1910–'14, '16, '18–'19 & '21–'22), From Club Court to Center Court by Phillip S. Smith (2007 Edition, page 67).

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
23x15px Båstad
ATP International Series Tournament of the Year
2003, 2004
(shared with 23x15px Båstad)
Succeeded by
23x15px Båstad

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