American Reilly Opelka captured the 2022 singles title of the Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s
Clay Court Championship at River Oaks Country Club on Sunday.
Opelka earned his fourth career title with a win over fellow American John Isner. Opelka came
out strong, taking the first set 6-3. Isner fought back in the second set, pushing it to a thrilling
tie-break. Opelka eventually conquered earning the title at 7-6(7).
The two Americans are known for their serving aces and in addition to Isner getting the
tournament aces record at 79, Opelka hit 50 this week, which puts him at ninth in tournament
Opelka and Isner have played 17 total sets, 14 of which ended in tie-breaks. The opening set
today was the first between the two that did not end in a tie-break in their last 13 head-to-head
Opelka is now tied with Americans Jack Sock and Steve Johnson for the third-most Tour-level
titles by an active American player with four. All of Opelka’s titles have come in the United
States (2019 New York, 2020 Delray Beach, 2022 Dallas, 2022 Houston).
The 2023 U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship will take place April 1-9 at River Oaks Country