US Mens Clay Court Championships Betting Tips

HOUSTON - APRIL 18: (L-R) Norm Christ, Jim McIngvale and Weller Evans conduct the draw for the US Men's Clay Court Court Championships April 18, 2003 at the Westside Tennis Club in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
The 2009 US Men’s Clay Court Championships is going to be a slightly different prospect for most of the local tennis players who regularly support the event. Traditionally the tournament has moved to different venues around the United States, but in the past all the tennis court surfaces were of green clay.

In 2008 the event was contested on the red clay surfaces of the River Oaks Country Club in Houston, Texas which will also be the home of the US Men’s Clay Court Championships for 2009 and 2010. This should give the European players a distinct advantage as they are used to playing on red clay, which is a lot slower than the “American” or green clay.

However, there is one American who has made the US Men’s Clay Court Championships his own in the past seven years. Our best US Men’s Clay Court Championships betting tip is Andy Roddick. He has had a remarkable run at the event – he was the US Men’s Clay Court Championships winner in 2001, 2002 and 2005 and was runner-up in 2003 and 2004. He disappointed his huge contingent of fans, when he had to withdraw from the 2007 and 2008 Championships due to injury.

Odds are that Roddick will return and claim the title yet again. He is currently being coached by another US Men’s Clay Court Maestro, Jimmy Connors, so all things being equal Roddick should be able to make history by winning the title for a fourth time.

His closest rival for the Clay Court crown will, in all probability, be the 2007 champion, Ivo Karlovic, who has a serve to match the hard hitting Roddick. Roddick’s Davis Cup team mate, Mardy Fish could also be considered a good bet. He took the title in 2006 and has been in good form recently.

Another US Men’s Clay Court Championships betting tip is not to discount the rising European clay court specialists, Mariano Zabaleta and Jurgen Melzer. Both have impressed at the US Men’s Clay Court Championships and both have a lot to prove in their budding careers. They will have the undoubted advantage of the red clay surface, and they will have youth on their side.