US Men’s Clay Court Championship 2019 Live : U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship singles competition, there are almost no U.S. men left standing. The Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship wasn’t kind to the large American contingent in the singles draw Tuesday. Garin upsets Chardy at U.S. clay-court tourney the longest matches in American clay-court history on Wednesday at the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship.
The carnage at River Oaks Country Club isn’t complete, but it’s getting dire for the “home” team. Not yet two full rounds into the Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship singles competition, there are almost no U.S. men left standing.
Out of the 11 who occupied spots in the 28-man main draw at the outset of the tournament, only two remain – and just Sam Querrey has actually won a match. Top-seeded Steve Johnson, the twice defending champion, doesn’t go on the court until Thursday night.
There are as many Colombians still in the hunt as Americans and one of them, Daniel Elahi Galan, will be taking aim at Johnson, who’s trying to become the first player of any nationality to win this venerable tournament three years running since Bobby Riggs in the late 1930s.
The latest Yank to get yanked would be the tallest one, fourth seed Reilly Opelka, who started well Wednesday night but couldn’t hang on against Norway’s best player, Casper Ruud, in a battle between two promising young guns. Ruud, 20, gamely rallied to a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory over the nearly 7-foot-tall Opelka, 21. Earlier in the day, Opelka’s countryman Ryan Harrison had gotten bounced out by Switzerland’s Henri Laaksonen 6-4, 7-5.
“It’s extra tough on your own serve because you think you can’t get broken,” Ruud said of staring across the net at Opelka’s imposing presence. “He has the big serve so when you’re down love-30 on your own serve it’s easy to start rushing a little. That’s something I took care of well today. I got broken once with a sloppy game, but it happens.