US Men’s Clay Court Championship
River Oaks Country Club
1600 River Oaks Blvd.
Houston, TX 77019
Date: April 9 to 15
Price: $20 to $60 single-day tickets/$150 tickets Fri to Sun
Hours: Mon to Fri day session – 12 p.m., night session – 6 p.m.; Sat singles – 1 p.m., doubles final – 6 p.m.; Sun singles final – 2 p.m.
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The U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships returns to Houston at the River Oaks Country Club just one week after the U.S. visits France in the Davis Cup quarterfinals. Top players to watch at the tournament include Mardy Fish, John Isner, Sam Querrey and the Bryan twins. Since 1910, tennis pros have been making their mark on the sport and the industry at these championships, making it a must-see tournament this year. Come meet, match up with and watch the champions who are taking the world by storm right here in Houston.
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Evening parking Monday to Friday and on weekends is available at Lamar High School on River Oaks Boulevard and Westheimer Road. Shuttle service is provided. Limited valet parking will be available for season ticket holders.
HTPA Juniors Night and Player Q&A
Date: April 9
Let the kids challenge the pros to a little one on one with coaching and Q&A sessions geared toward younger tennis teamsters. Coaches may snag special ticket packages for groups by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Date: April 10
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Buy tickets for a doubles clinic with coach Wayne Bryan and other ATP pros to get the most out of the championships. Bring your own equipment and expect to put it, and your skills, to the test teaming up with these tennis gurus on the courts. Every team is eligible to win lunch at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse.
Tootsies Fashion Show
Dates: April 11 and 12
Get in on the fashion show that sells out in less than five minutes every year. Samples of this year’s fashion and accessories are provided by Tootsies. Members have access to the exclusive pre-sale, but becoming a member requires at least two recommendations from existing members and a subsequent membership fee.
Dates: April 11 – 4:30 p.m.
Spend the evening at military night with veterans matching up against famous wheelchair player Dennis Ralston. A military color guard will be on hand for the evening to assist in honoring visiting wounded warriors. Purchase tickets in advance to see this and other not-yet-announced presentations honoring the nation’s veterans.
USTA Texas Day
Dates: April 13
USTA Texas day is for members of the USTA’s Texas section. All members have the chance to purchase discounted tickets and will receive a free gift when they check in at the booth at the tournament. Expect serious Houston pride as the city celebrates another year hosting the tennis championship that moved the sport out west, paying out hundreds of thousands of dollars to the country’s best players every year.
Marriott Renaissance Houston Greenway Plaza Hotel
6 Greenway Plaza East
Houston, TX 77046
Price: $299 tennis escape package
The Marriott Renaissance Houston Greenway Plaza Hotel is a luxury hotel in the trendy Galleria area, with lavish amenities and delicious regional cuisine. It is conveniently close to the popular Houston areas of midtown, City Pass, the museum district, River Oaks Country Club and the Texas and Astros stadiums. This full service property includes two restaurants and a Starbucks. It also provides complimentary transportation within a 3-mile radius of the hotel. Those attending the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships may book the Tennis Escape Package for $299 or may book directly with the hotel.
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3406 W. Alabama
Houston, TX 77027
Hours: daily – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Less than a mile away from the River Oaks Country Club sits Blanco’s. Come early for a great lunch or dinner, or later when the bar and grill opens up for a little honky tonkin’. Blanco’s is a true country bar with live music Wednesday through Friday. Customers rave over its old-fashion tasty burgers, chicken soft tacos and chicken fried steak.
2311 W. Alabama Ste. C
Houston, TX 77098
Hours: daily – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Just a little more than a mile away from the country club, those who live a green life can enjoy Ruggles Green, Houston’s first certified green restaurant. Ruggles features a wide variety of food from lean buffalo burgers to wood-fired quinoa mac and cheese. With a commitment to healthy dining, it features the freshest local, organic and natural food with a large vegetarian menu. For those with gluten issues, it serves more than 35 gluten-free menu items.
3600 W. Alabama St.
Houston, TX 77027
Hours: Tues to Sat – 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sun – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Over the weekend, check out Tiny Boxwood’s, just a little more than a mile from the championships. Tiny Boxwood’s is nuzzled against the Thompson and Hanson nursery, creating a unique, enjoyable dining experience. Although patrons agree this establishment is always delicious, Tiny Boxwood’s is known for its moderately priced brunch that includes bottomless mimosas and breakfast pizzas. Brunch hours run Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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Diane Marsalis has a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood with an emphasis in English. She also has a Master’s Degree in Institutional Technology. She is a freelance writer in Houston, where she was born and raised. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.