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Juan Monaco Wins Second Title at River Oaks

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RESULTS – Sunday, April 10, 2016
Singles Final
Juan Monaco (Argentina) d [4] Jack Sock (USA) 3-6 6-3 7-5

The week began with basketball on everyone’s mind and it ended with golf consuming everyone’s attention, but in between there was some amazing tennis played at the River Oaks Country Club in Houston, Texas. I’m talking about the 2016 Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship, where Argentina’s Juan Monaco took full advantage of an overheated, cramping opponent in America’s Jack Sock and won the ATP title in Houston on Sunday. Monaco won this tournament in 2012, and has won  has won nine career titles so far.

After easily taking the first set, Sock, who was the first player to reach back-to-back finals at this event since Andy Roddick reached four straight finals (2001-04), was overcome with what appeared to be a mix of heat and humidity, followed by cramps. Since top-seeded John Isner chose to play his first round on Wednesday, it meant that Sock didn’t start his run until Thursday. After winning that match, he next played on Friday, then on Saturday, and finally the two hours and 20 minute final on Sunday. Sometimes, there’s just no rest for the victorious when it comes to a week long tournament. Still, he’ll be back next year, and—like Monaco this year–he’ll be looking for another River Oaks trophy.

The tournament is one that the players clearly love as much as the very enthusiastic fans do. The 2017 Fayez Sarofim U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship will be held April 8-16 at River Oaks Country Club.

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