River Oaks Country Club
The River Oaks Country Club will be the venue for the US Men’s Clay Court Championships in 2009, subject to the approval of the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals). The club, which is one of the oldest tennis clubs in the US, has successfully hosted several international tournaments including the Western Open golf tournament in the 1940s and more recently exhibition matches featuring the greatest names in the history of tennis.
Since 1931 the prestigious club has played host to the River Oaks International Tennis Tournament. This event is the oldest event in North America, still played on its original surface and at its original location – River Oaks Country Club, venue of the US Men’s Clay Court Championships, in Houston, Texas.
“We’re thrilled that the US Men’s Clay Court Championships has found a new home in the River Oaks Country Club and will remain in Houston, and we expect Houston tennis fans will enjoy the same world-class tennis at River Oaks (as they did at Westside Tennis Club),” said Jim Curley, MD of Tournament Operations at USTA.
The club has permanent seating for over 3000 spectators on the famous green wooden stadium, and temporary seating for a further 500 tennis fans will be erected next to court number 2 in time for the Championships. Although the club has always had red clay surfaces, they were newly laid in 2005. The club is steeped in tradition and boasts one of the most stunning settings for a world-class tournament, especially in the spring when the azaleas and ancient oak trees are in full bloom.
River Oaks Country Club, venue of the US Men’s Clay Court Championships, has hosted the following international events:
- An exhibition match between Martina Navratilova and Monica Seles in 2007
- In 2006 ‘Pistol’ Pete Sampras played his first match since his 2002 US Open victory – an exhibition match against Robby Ginepri
- The $50 000 USTA Pro Circuit Women’s Event in 2005 and 2006
- The River Oaks International Tennis Tournament for the past seventy-six years
- The Western Open Golf Tournament