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Past Four Champions in 2016 River Oaks field

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The U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship has released its initial entry list of 19 players for 2016. The list includes the tournament’s last four champions in Jack Sock (2015), Fernando Verdasco (2014), John Isner (2013) and Juan Monaco (2012).

“We could not be more excited to about the ATP stars in our lineup to play at River Oaks in April,” said Tournament Director Bronwyn Greer. ”With four former champions and five players in the Top 25 of the rankings, this field has great depth. It is also a great honor to welcome players from 11 different countries to Houston for the tournament.”

Below is the initial entry list of 19 players who have signed up to the play the Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship April 4-10 at River Oaks Country Club. (Number preceding name is current Emirates ATP Ranking)

11 – John Isner (USA) Eight appearances - 2013 Champion, 2012 Finalist

14 – Kevin Anderson (South Africa) Four appearances - 2015 semifinalist

20 – Benoit Paire (France) First appearance

23 – Jack Sock (USA) Three appearances - 2015 Champion

24 – Feliciano Lopez (Spain) Three appearances - 2012 semifinalist

34 – Steve Johnson (USA) Three appearances - 2014-15 second round

40 – Leonardo Mayer (Argentina) One appearance - 2009 first round

43 – Sam Querrey (USA) Seven appearances - 2010, 2015 Finalist

52 – Paolo Lorenzi (Italy) Three appearances - 2014 quarterfinalist

57 – Marcos Baghdatis (Cyprus) Two appearances - 2006 second round

59 – Fernando Verdasco (Spain) Three appearances - 2014 Champion

61 – John Millman (Australia) First appearance

64 – Denis Kudla (USA) One appearance - 2014 first round

66 – Hyeon Chung (Korea) One appearance - 2015 second round

68 – Juan Monaco (Argentina) Five appearances - 2012 Champion

74 – Victor Estrella Burgos (Dominican Republic) One appearance - 2015 first round

79 – Donald Young (USA) Five appearances - 2014 quarterfinalist

83 – Diego Schwartzman (Argentina) First appearance

84 – Mikhail Kukushkin (Kazakhstan) One appearance - 2010 second round

Fabio Fognini, who had previously been announced as playing the tournament, will not be able to participate following an ab injury suffered during last week’s tournament in Rio de Janeiro.

The initial entry list of 19 is just part of the 28-player field. Three players will be granted wild cards. Four others will gain entry by winning two rounds during the qualifying tournament that takes place April 2-3 at River Oaks. Two other spots are held as special exempts, designated for players who are meant to play qualifying but cannot due their performance in the previous week’s tournament.

An initial entry list for qualifying will be released the week of March 14, while the doubles entry list will be released the week of March 21.