US Men's Clay Court Championships II - Singles
PTA 250 - 1st Round - Houston, TX - Clay (Red)
- Sixth seed Spas Delev has commenced his campaign at River Oaks with a victory as he schooled American young gun Jesse Adams in straight sets. Now ranked just outside the world's top fifty, Delev brought good form into the match as he returned to the clay for the first time since his first round exit to Marc Carretero at the French Open last season. But Adams was likewise looking good as he benefited from yet another wildcard, but after holding serve well early was broken to drop the first set 4-6. From there the improving Easterner was all over him like a rash - surging into the second round with an impressive 6-4, 6-1 win. He next plays Latvia's Ivars Emsis who he previously defeated in final at Mons.
- There was also success for wildcard entrant Rick Langley who picked up his first ever main tour victory with a 6-0, 4-6, 6-2 win over local Waylon Jones. Langley was sublime early as he shut Jones out of the first set, but the American lifted in the second to clinch key points with some dogged returning. But after levelling the match at a set each, Jones struggled with cramp and took an injury timeout after which Langley surged home with two breaks of serve to move into a second round clash with Gregor Gorshkov in three sets.
- Seeded players out: Boris Denisov; Alex Peters.