Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Isner, Almagro commit to play at US Clay Court Championships

Photo by Robert H Kelly
By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2013 TexSport Publications

HOUSTON, TEXAS (January 2, 2013) Two players ranked in the Top 15 in the world have confirmed their entry into the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Tennis Championships that will be held in April, 2013.

American John Isner and Spaniard Nicolas Almagro will compete in the 45th edition of the championship at Houston’s River Oaks Country Club.

According to the ATP WorldRanking ending Dec. 31, 2012, Almagro is ranked No. 11 while Isner is ranked No. 14.

Almagro led the ATP in clay-court matches; wining three titles in the past five seasons, with a lifetime record of 206-97.  

In addition, he has 12 career finals appearances resulting and five titles on clay.

Isner, the 2012 runner-up at the 2012 championship, is the top rankled American player in the world.

Early in 2012, he climbed top No. 9 in the world

He won two titles in 2012 with a record of 45-21, earning $1.3 million in prize money.

In his career, he is 165-108 and has earned a total of $4.4 million in prize money.

Almagro highest ranking of his career was No. 9 on Feb, 5, 2011 and has career earnings of $7.1 million with 12 titles.

His overall won-loss record is 291-191.

The championship will begin at 12 noon on Monday, Apr. 8 with first-round matches and will conclude on Sunday, Apr. 14 at 2 p.m., with the singles final.

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