After a wet Wednesday, Thursday is scheduled to be a packed day of action at the Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship with all second round singles and quarterfinal doubles matches on the schedule.
Thursday is slated to see the 2023 debut of the top seeds who enjoyed first round byes, with No. 1 Frances Tiafoe, No. 2 Tommy Paul and No. 4 John Isner in action.
Tiafoe, a 2022 US Open semifinalist, will face two-time US Clay champion Steve Johnson in one of two all-American matches on the schedule. JJ Wolf, the fifth seed, takes on Denis Kudla in the other.
Isner, the 2013 US Clay champion, will open the day against Houston-born Gijs Brouwer who is looking to reach the US Clay quarterfinals for the second year in a row.
Paul, a semifinalist at January’s Australian Open, is set to face former USC standout Yannick Hanfmann under the lights followed by former UCLA Bruin Marcos Giron taking on Czech qualifier Tomas Machac.
Cristian Garin, the 2019 champion at River Oaks who reached last year’s semifinal, will meet lucky loser Zizou Bergs, the replacement for Brandon Nakashima who withdrew with a left knee injury.
Max Purcell or Daniel Altmaier are scheduled to double up on Thursday. Purcell won the first set 6-4 on Wednesday before the rain halted the last first round match. The winner of the resumption of that match will come back later Thursday to play Tomas Martin Etcheverry.
The four doubles quarterfinals on the schedule Thursday include Australian Open champions Rinky Hijikata and Jason Kubler among the teams in action.
Matches will be available to watch on the ESPN App.