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Australians to Defend Doubles Title at US Clay Court docket Championships


HOUSTON (Feb. 7, 2024) – Australians Max Purcell and Jordan Thompson, final 12 months’s doubles champions on the Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Males’s Clay Court docket Championship, are set to return March 30-April 7 to defend their title when the ATP Tour involves River Oaks Nation Membership, the event introduced at present.

Within the singles discipline they may be a part of defending champion Frances Tiafoe, finalist Tomas Martin Etcheverry and People Ben Shelton, Tommy Paul and Chris Eubanks, who’ve dedicated to play the 2024 event.

“Doubles is so standard at our event and our followers get pleasure from seeing the identical groups 12 months over 12 months, particularly when they’re coming after having gained the title,” stated Event Director Bronwyn Greer. “It’s nice to begin off our doubles commitments with the defending champions whereas additionally including two extra singles gamers, giving us now seven commitments who’re within the Prime 50 of the rankings. We’re thrilled with how our discipline is shaping up and getting increasingly excited for event week.”

Purcell and Thompson, unseeded and enjoying their first closing collectively final 12 months at River Oaks, upset the second and third seeds enroute to the championship. They went on to achieve the ultimate in Atlanta later in the summertime.

Purcell comes again to River Oaks in pursuit of a uncommon feat – a 3rd straight US Clay doubles title, which was final carried out by the Bryan brothers 2009-11. Purcell claimed the 2022 title with countryman Matt Ebden earlier than defending the title final 12 months with Thompson.

In singles, Purcell rose to the world’s Prime 40 final season bolstered by back-to-back quarterfinals final summer season in Cincinnati and Winston-Salem. The 25-year-old Sydney native additionally loved a really profitable 2023 season on the Challenger Tour, reaching six finals and profitable three titles. This 12 months can be his third at River Oaks, the place he reached the second spherical final 12 months earlier than falling to eventual finalist Etcheverry.

Purcell’s doubles success isn’t restricted to River Oaks. He owns 4 titles, together with at Wimbledon in 2022, and features a pair of Australian Opens amongst his six runner-up finishes.

At age 29, Thompson, additionally a Sydney native, is having fun with a profession resurgence. He’s presently one spot away from his profession excessive rating of No. 43 achieved greater than 4 years in the past. In 2023 he notched two wins over Prime 10 gamers – No. 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas and No. 9 Alexander Zverev – and reached the quarterfinals or higher at 4 occasions together with a grass courtroom closing.

Final month in entrance of a packed residence nation crowd in Brisbane, Thompson saved three match factors to defeat Rafael Nadal to achieve his first profession laborious courtroom semifinal. Thompson’s solely different doubles title got here seven years in the past – in Brisbane. This can be Thompson’s fifth 12 months competing in singles at River Oaks, the place he reached the quarterfinals in 2019.

Eventually 12 months’s US Clay, Tiafoe grew to become the very best ranked Houston champion at No. 15 and first high seed to win since No. 4 Andy Roddick in 2005. He bested eighth seed Etcheverry in an exciting closing, 7-6(1), 7-6(6) and adopted it two months later by profitable a grass courtroom occasion to personal titles on all three surfaces – laborious, clay and grass. His two titles in 2023 helped propel him into the world’s Prime 10 for the primary time.

Etcheverry was contesting the second ATP Tour closing of his profession, having reached his first only a month earlier. Houston was a preview of his prowess on clay as he went on to achieve his first Grand Slam quarterfinal on the French Open.

Tiafoe, Paul and Shelton are all ranked among the many world’s Prime 20, Etcheverry is at No. 29 and Eubanks is No. 33. All have made the quarterfinals or higher at a Grand Slam event. Tiafoe can be again for his sixth US Clay occasion, Paul his fourth and Etcheverry his second, whereas Shelton and Eubanks will make their most important draw debuts in Houston.

The entry record for the 2024 event can be launched in early March.

Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Males’s Clay Court docket Championship at River Oaks Nation Membership
River Oaks Nation Membership is internet hosting an expert tennis event for the 88th time when the Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Males’s Clay Court docket Championship can be held March 30-April 7, 2024. River Oaks first hosted its personal event, The River Oaks Worldwide, in 1931, and its roster of former champions consists of Jack Kramer, Tony Trabert, Rod Laver, Roy Emerson, Ken Rosewall, Ivan Lendl, Guillermo Vilas and James Blake. Houston is the twenty first metropolis to host the U.S. Males’s Clay Court docket Championship. The event got here to Houston in 2001, and has been hosted at River Oaks since 2008. Began in 1910 by the USTA, the 2024 event would be the 112th competitors for the Clay Court docket Championship. American Frances Tiafoe was the 2023 singles champion whereas Australia’s Max Purcell and Jordan Thompson gained the doubles title. The event beneficiary is the Nationwide Junior Tennis & Studying applications of the Houston Tennis Affiliation. Extra details about the event might be discovered at www.mensclaycourt.com

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