Hewitt Aims For Third Clay Title In Houston
by ATP Staff|
Former World No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt chases his second title of the year at the Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship in Houston, beginning 7 April at the River Oaks Country Club.
The 33-year-old Australian started the season by hoisting the Brisbane trophy (d. Federer) and returns to Houston in hopes of reclaiming the title he won in 2009 (d. Odesnik). – his second and last clay court title. In March, Hewitt recorded his 600th tour-level win after beating Robin Haase in the Sony Open Tennis first round.
American No. 1 John Isner, the Houston defending champion (d. Almagro), is a career-high World No. 9 in the Emirates ATP Rankings. The 28 year old also opened the season with a title win, in Auckland (d. Lu). Isner has a 13-5 record on the season, including semi-finals appearances in Delray Beach (l. to Cilic) and Indian Wells (l. to Djokovic).
In Casablanca, South African Kevin Anderson returns to the Grand Prix Hassan II one year after reaching his first clay-court final (l. to Robredo). The World No. 19 is joined by two-time champion Pablo Andujar (2011, 2012) and Edouard Roger-Vasselin, this year a finalist in Chennai (l. to Wawrinka), at this lone ATP World Tour stop on the African continent.