(February 7, 2013) HOUSTON – Four-time US Men’s Clay Court Championship doubles winners Bob and Mike Bryan and Spain’s Fernando Verdasco have committed to the 2013 tournament that will be held April 8-14 at River Oaks Country Club. The Bryans will be top seeds in the doubles field while Verdasco joins his countryman Nicolas Almagro and top-ranked American John Isner to form a trio of Top 25 players in the singles field.
The Bryans claimed the Australian Open title last month, extending their record with 84 career titles while also setting an Open Era record for Grand Slam titles with 13. The Southern California twins have finished as the No. 1 team on the ATP World Tour eight times in the past 10 years. The Bryans have a 16-match winning streak at the US Men’s Clay Court Championship, having won the title in 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011 (they did not play the event in 2008 and 2012).
Verdasco has finished in the Top 25 of the ATP World Tour rankings in each of the past five seasons. He has reached at least one final in eight of the past nine seasons, and 10 of his 17 career finals appearances have come on clay. He owns five career titles, and has been a member of three Spanish Davis Cup championship teams.
“Having three Top 25 players already committed to the event is very exciting as we are now just two months out from the event,” said Tournament Director Van Barry. “And we’re certainly excited to have the Bryans coming back. They are a fan favorite every year, and obviously they’ve had quite a bit of success here. We’re very happy with how the field is coming together for the tournament in April.”
Isner was runner-up at the 2012 US Men’s Clay Court Championship, falling to Juan Monaco in the final. Last season he became the No. 1 American and reached the Top 10 for the first time while winning a career-high 45 matches. He won two titles in 2012, bringing his career total to five in 12 finals. Twice in the past three seasons Isner has hit more than 1,000 aces to lead the ATP.
Almagro has led the ATP in clay-court match wins three times in the past five seasons. With a career record of 206-97 on clay courts, he joins Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer and Tommy Robredo as the only active players with more than 200 wins on the surface. All 18 of his career ATP finals appearances have been on clay, and his 12 clay titles are second among active players behind Nadal’s 36.