The 2014 Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship began with four matches on Monday, April 7. This signals the official start of the clay-court season. John Isner comes in as the top seed, and he will try to become the first repeat champion in Houston since Andy Roddick won in 2001 and 2002.
It will not be an easy task for Isner. Clay has been his worst surface throughout his career; he has won just 50 percent of his matches on the surface.
Spaniards Feliciano Lopez, Fernando Verdasco, Nicolas Almagro and Tommy Robredo are all more comfortable on clay.
Others in the draw have had past success here. Lleyton Hewitt, Juan Monaco and Ivo Karlovic are all past champions. However, Karlovic has already been upset by Jack Sock 6-1, 6-4 in the first round.
Will Isner be the first player to defend his title at the U.S Men's Clay Court Championship in over 10 years, or will someone else be holding the trophy at the end of the week?
Let's look at the seeds with best chances to come out victorious this week.
The draw can be found here. (courtesy of atpworldtour.com)