A two-time Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship winner along with two of
the 2022 event’s quarterfinalists are among the 14 players who have entered this year’s
qualifying tournament that will be held April 1-2 at River Oaks Country Club.
Steve Johnson, who won back-to-back titles at River Oaks in 2017-18, will be joined by 2022
quarterfinalists Michael Mmoh and Houston-born Gijs Brouwer in the two-round qualifying
event that will see four players advance into the main draw which will begin April 3.
Johnson, a four-time ATP winner, is joined in the field by fellow Tour title winner Juan Manuel
Cerundolo, the 2021 Cordoba champion, as well as a two-time finalist on the ATP Tour, Yannick
Two entrants have won Challenger titles already this season. American Aleksander Kovacevic
won a pair of Challengers in the span of five weeks with titles in Waco and Cleveland while
Rinky Hijikata, the Australian Open doubles champion, won the singles title at the Burnie
Here’s a look at the qualifying field entry list:
(Rank) Name, Age, Country – Mini-Bio
(83) Michael Mmoh, 25, USA – US Clay quarterfinals in 2022; Australian Open third round in January
(98) Daniel Altmaier, 24, Germany – Reached Round of 16 at 2020 French Open; 6 Challenger titles
(99) Hugo Dellien, 29, Bolivia – Cordoba SF, Rio QF in February; 8 Challenger titles
(104) Juan Manuel Cerundolo, 21, Argentina – 2021 Cordoba champion; 7 Challenger titles
(107) Aleksander Kovacevic, 24, USA – Former All-American at Illinois; 2 Challenger titles this year
(108) Chris Eubanks, 26, USA – Former All-American at Georgia Tech; 3 Challenger titles
(119) Gijs Brouwer, 27, Netherlands – Born in Houston; Won first ATP match at US Clay 2022
(122) Yosuke Watanuki, 24, Japan – Reached two Challenger SFs this season; 3 Challenger titles
(124) Camilo Ugo Carabelli, 23, Argentina – Reached four Challenger finals in 2022; 3 Challenger titles
(127) Tomas Machac, 22, Czech Republic – QF or better at 11 Challengers in 2022; 4 Challenger titles
(130) Rinky Hijikata, 22, Australia – 2023 Australian Open doubles winner (w/Kubler); 2 Challenger titles
(136) Yannick Hanfmann, 31, Germany – Finalist at Kitzbuhel (2020) and Gstaad (2017); 6 Challenger titles
(137) Steve Johnson, 33, USA – Four ATP titles, two at US Clay; Two-time NCAA singles and four-time team champ with USC
(139) Zizou Bergs, 23, Belgium – Reached four Challenger finals in 2022; 4 Challenger titles
Two additional players will join the qualifying field as wild card entrants.
Admission to qualifying action on April 1-2 is free of charge.