Houston, the moral clay court major

#1
Starring

-Steve "no Backhand" Johnson as number one seed and two time defending champion. There's a good reason why Nadal doesn't play Houston, the sliced Stevie Backhand gives Nadal nightmares. In a stunning upset Johnson lost his first match to someone ranked in the 200's, which just shows how deep the field is these days.

-Jeremy Chardy as number two seed, who stunningly claimed two sets off Zverev in Australia. He also lost his first match, serving 13 double faults. The pressure of trying to win this huge tournament was too much for him.

-Cameron Norrie as number three seed, the rising Brit is the next Andy Murray. However he was also upset in the first match by old warhorse Janko Tipsarevic, who reminded us why he was once ranked in the top 10.

-Reilly the Smiley as number four seed. "Baby Isner" had a very tough match up against rising claycourter Casper Rudd, and was edged out in three sets. The experience of playing on the biggest stage is an important learning experience for Smiley

-Taylor Fritz as number five seed. "Baby Roddick" is not well suited for clay, and it showed as he was edged out by experienced claycourter Marcel Granollers. Other majors will provide Fritz with a better chance of victory.

-Mackenzie McDonald as number six seed. He's dished out a bagel to Dimitrov, but this one was not meant to be for him, as he lost to Henri Laaksonen, a Fedr with a two handed backhand.

-Bernard Tomic. No explanation needed, Tomic showing up boosts the tournaments profile tenfold.

The highest ranked player to win a match was Jordan Thompson, ranked 67.

Has there ever been an ATP tournament where the top 6 seeds lost their first match??
 
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I highly recommend the tournament. I’ve been here and IW and though IW is amazing, the center court in Houston is an awesome and intimate venue that has a unique charm. I also love the red clay!

I also enjoy the fact that the tournament is a place for guys like Garin and Ruud to make a breakthrough.

No reason to hate on a 250 that doesn’t try to be anything more than a 250.
 
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#10
I highly recommend the tournament. I’ve been here and IW and though IW is amazing, the center court in Houston is an awesome and intimate venue that has a unique charm. I also love the red clay!

I also enjoy the fact that the tournament is a place for guys like Garin and Ruud to make a breakthrough.

No reason to hate on a 250 that doesn’t try to be anything more than a 250.
This is what tennis used to be like before the 70's explosion--and, where it is returning to with the EXPLOSION of pickle-ball. The huge venues will be ghost towns, stadium courts only used a few days out of the year. Houston is the right size for tournaments attended by knowledeable spectators. I'd prefer attending this scale sized event then a huge event like the USO or IW--won't go if given free tix--rather watch 'em on tv.
 
#11
Starring

-Steve "no Backhand" Johnson as number one seed and two time defending champion. There's a good reason why Nadal doesn't play Houston, the sliced Stevie Backhand gives Nadal nightmares. In a stunning upset Johnson lost his first match to someone ranked in the 200's, which just shows how deep the field is these days.

-Jeremy Chardy as number two seed, who stunningly claimed two sets off Zverev in Australia. He also lost his first match, serving 13 double faults. The pressure of trying to win this huge tournament was too much for him.

-Cameron Norrie as number three seed, the rising Brit is the next Andy Murray. However he was also upset in the first match by old warhorse Janko Tipsarevic, who reminded us why he was once ranked in the top 10.

-Reilly the Smiley as number four seed. "Baby Isner" had a very tough match up against rising claycourter Casper Rudd, and was edged out in three sets. The experience of playing on the biggest stage is an important learning experience for Smiley

-Taylor Fritz as number five seed. "Baby Roddick" is not well suited for clay, and it showed as he was edged out by experienced claycourter Marcel Granollers. Other majors will provide Fritz with a better chance of victory.

-Mackenzie McDonald as number six seed. He's dished out a bagel to Dimitrov, but this one was not meant to be for him, as he lost to Henri Laaksonen, a Fedr with a two handed backhand.

-Bernard Tomic. No explanation needed, Tomic showing up boosts the tournaments profile tenfold.

The highest ranked player to win a match was Jordan Thompson, ranked 67.

Has there ever been an ATP tournament where the top 6 seeds lost their first match??


It’s the clay court version of Newport !!
Still trying to figure out why Wayne Bryan needs the racquet in his hand to do interviews.
 
#14
Good pickup. Probably still using Solinco bags I assume. Despite newer paint, they are not listing Babolat on bryanbros.com either. There is probably a good contractual reason why this is the case. I have to believe Babolat would want them; perhaps their price is too high? As for Wayne, I think he just likes the look of the clipboard/racket. Very "coachy."

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Meles

Bionic Poster
#15
Two next genners in the finallllllll.
Ez thez da chainging oph gourd?
@Meles the stage is yours :eek::eek:
I love the event precisely because the trash got taken out early as the OP suggested. The club has a glorious list of champions over the years and the court goes back to like before 1930 so one of the oldest venues on tour. Trophy ceremony called this their best clay event in memory (let's go back to 2007 when it joined ATP tour).

River Oaks even has Federe in their lists of finalists:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/River_Oaks_International_Tennis_Tournament

I'd like to see real clay here instead of food colored green clay.:sneaky: The wet conditions late in the event helped slow it down enough that we had some great clay court matches so maybe the light bulb will go off to put in real clay. The members at River Oaks sheat Gold so I'm sure their only concern is tracking red clay into their facilities.:eek: Time to make Houston a real clay court event.
 

Meles

Bionic Poster
#16
I highly recommend the tournament. I’ve been here and IW and though IW is amazing, the center court in Houston is an awesome and intimate venue that has a unique charm. I also love the red clay!

I also enjoy the fact that the tournament is a place for guys like Garin and Ruud to make a breakthrough.

No reason to hate on a 250 that doesn’t try to be anything more than a 250.
YEC was at sister Houston venue in 2003/2004, no? Houston has moral clout undermined by fake clay.:cautious:
 
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