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Weekly Snapshot: Isner Heats Up Houston Field

Isner© AFP/Getty ImagesAmerican Davis Cup hero John Isner brings his clay-court form to Houston this week.

Tap into the essentials of the week ahead and re-live the highlights of the past week with our Weekly Snapshot, as we serve up an executive summary of what every fan should know, along with a look at the best in social media.


Who’s Playing This Week?
There are two ATP World Tour 250 events in Houston and Casablanca.

US Men's Clay Court Championship: Two Americans ranked in the Top 10 headline the field. Mardy Fish, No. 9, is the top seed and is one of three former champions competing in Houston, along with defending titlist Ryan Sweeting and 2007 winner Ivo Karlovic. Tenth-ranked John Isner, coming off another heroic effort in the Davis Cup, is seeded second.

Grand Prix Hassan II: World No. 20 Florian Mayer is the No. 1 seed in Casablanca and is joined by 22nd-ranked Alexandr Dolgopolov, the second seed. Third seed Pablo Andujar looks to repeat as champion after winning his first ATP World Tour title last year. Fourth-seeded Denis Istomin rounds out the highest seeds.

Rankings Movers
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 5 (+1 spot)
David Ferrer 6 (-1 spot)
John Isner 10 (+1 spot)
Juan Martin del Potro 11 (-1 spot)
Pablo Andujar 58 (-19 spots)
Ivo Karlovic 62 (-10 spots)
Potito Starace 83 (-14 spots)
Malek Jaziri 86 (+10 spots)

9 April – Lukas Dlouhy (29)
9 April – Ken Skupski (29)
10 April – Rui Machado (28)
12 April – Marcel Granollers (26)

Player To Watch: Juan Monaco
MonacoThe Argentine is coming off of a semi-final run at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, where he took out Gael Monfils, Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish to reach his second final four at an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event.

Monaco brings a 157-91 tour-level record on clay to Houston this week, looking to get past the quarter-finals for the first time in his third appearance. He is aiming to lift his fifth trophy and second this season, having triumphed at the VTR Open in Vina del Mar (d. Berlocq).

Tough To Repeat
Defending Houston champion Ryan Sweeting is bidding to join Andy Roddick and Jaime Yzaga as the only players to retain their crown at the ATP World Tour 250 event. The chart below shows how the past five reigning champions fared when returning to defend their title… 

YearPlayerTitle Defence Result
2012 Ryan Sweeting ?
2010 Lleyton Hewitt R16
2009 Marcel Granollers R32
2007 Mardy Fish R32
2006 Andy Roddick QF

How To Watch
Follow all of the action from Casablanca (Blacked out in USA, Russia and Morocco) beginning 9 April.
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Twitter Top Player Tweets

@MardyFish (Mardy Fish)
They did it! What a weekend from the guys! Couldn't be more happy for them. #GoUSA

@RSchuettler (Rainer Schuettler)
Thank you to @head_tennis for the great video with me regarding Head Prestige. I am glad to be part of the Head family.

@Bryanbrothers (Mike Bryan)
Captain Courier lending a helping hand to @ryanharrison92 before tonight's formal dinner.

@AmerDelic (Amer Delic )
Tiger Woods just made me feel good about my golf game when he shanked a ball and then kicked his club on the 16th hole. #Masters

@BjorkmanTennis (JonasBjorkman)
Another impressive DC weekend by John Isner! How far can he go this year? He is solid on every surface out there.#topsevenendoftheyear

Most Popular Facebook Post on


Fan-tastic Feedback
In response to the special London Underground Map featuring Olympic champions as tube stations, including Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, this comment stood out.
Karthik Swaminathan: ‎"This is Rafael Nadal. The next station is Roger Federer. This is a Basketball & Tennis line train to Venus Williams."

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Video Of The Week
In series four, episode 14, ATP World Tour Uncovered Presented by Rio catches up with former World No. 1 Gustavo Kuerten, who remembers life on top of the world.

In Case You Missed It…
Davis Cup World Group Quarter-finals:
There were four ties across the world between eight nations.
Spain d. Austria 4-1. Ferrer Secures Spain’s Semi-final Berth
USA d. France 3-2. Isner-Inspired American Squad Tops French
Czech Republic d. Serbia 4-1. Berdych Leads Czechs Into Semis
Argentina d. Croatia 4-1. Del Potro Dominates To Clinch Tie

• Tickets went on sale for the 2012 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. Buy your tickets now!
• Former Olympic champions Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have been featured on a special Olympic edition of the London Underground map. Find out more!

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