The U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship stands as one of the oldest active tournaments in the world, starting in Omaha way back in 1910 and keeping the status of the last North American ATP tournament staged on clay. The event had changed numerous locations in the following decades before it settled in Indianapolis between 1969-1987, finding the new home in Houston in 2001 and staying there ever since at the beautiful River Oaks Country Club, with the new complex completed in March 2009.
Some high-quality players had fought for the title since it became a part of the official ATP Tour in 1970, with Manuel Orantes, Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl, Mats Wilander, Andre Agassi, Michael Chang, Jim Courrier, Andy Roddick, John Isner and Tommy Haas among the notable champions.
The Americans claimed five out of eight titles on the fast clay in Houston between 2011-18 (Ryan Sweeting, John Isner, Jack Sock and Steve Johnson) and their most promising youngsters were always there to battle for the ATP wins and points, including Reilly Opelka, Frances Tiafoe, Tommy Paul, Taylor Fritz, Jared Donaldson, Ernesto Escobedo, Stefan Kozlov, Noah Rubin and Mackenzie McDonald.
Frances will return to the River Oaks Country Club next April, together with Bryan brothers, Sam Querrey, Casper Ruud, Grigor Dimitrov and Feliciano Lopez who is the latest confirmed player for 2020 Houston edition. The 38-year-old veteran will finish the season in the top-100 for the 18th straight year thanks to the ATP 500 title claimed at Queen's, deciding to embrace another year on the Tour despite being the Madrid Masters tournament director.
Lopez competed in Houston five times so far, reaching the semi-final in 2012 and 2016 when he lost to John Isner and Juan Monaco, respectively. "We look forward to welcoming Feliciano back to River Oaks in April," said Tournament Director Bronwyn Greer.
"Feliciano's success here has certainly made him very popular, and it's great to have him commit with Marc to strengthen our doubles field as well."