Two-time champion Steve Johnson and young American seeds Frances Tiafoe and Jenson Brooksby highlight Monday's main draw matches for the Fayez Sarofim & Co. US Men's Clay Court Championship at River Oaks Country Club.
Three matchups between all-American players headline the first main draw matches to take place at River Oaks since 2019. Johnson opens his quest for another title by taking on Denis Kudla, whom he defeated in the first round at River Oaks in 2014.
Kudla, however, leads the head-to-head matchup over Johnson 2-1. The match will take place after the meeting between Feliciano López and Gijs Brouwer at 2:00 p.m. The night's cup won't start before 6 p.m., with former UCLA NCAA singles champion Marcos Giron taking on No.
6, Tiafoe. Girón won the only previous match against Tiafoe, defeating him in the round of 16 at the ATP Masters 1000 in Paris. Former Ohio State All-American JJ Wolf, who was awarded a wild card, sees an upset over the No.
8 Brooksby in the second night game of the day. Brooksby, who reached his first ATP Tour final in Dallas in February, is the youngest player on the field at this year's River Oaks at the age of 21. Novak Djokovic has time and again stressed that he is opposed to the COVID-19 vaccine even though he does not consider himself to be an anti-vaxxer.
During the podcast, Rob Steckley highlighted how he holds Novak Djokovic in the highest regard for staying true to his words and beliefs.
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Canadian tennis coach Rob Steckley recently lauded Novak Djokovic's dedication to his principles, explaining how it takes a great deal of courage for someone, especially in the Serb's position, to go against the tide.
"Nadal and Djokovic are incredible at being able to stay out on the road," Steckley began. "I think they're at a different stage in their career or whatever, they want to accomplish different things. You have Djokovic who is sticking to his beliefs on you know against, what was it, not getting fully vaccinated? I'm definitely not statistically inclined so bear with me, but I do know that his beliefs are something that he believes in and that's what he stands by and it's crazy to think that somebody that's in his position is going to stick to his guns amongst everything that's happening against the world. So he's basically going against it. I find that also incredibly admirable," Steckley added.