Blake To Face Monfils In Houston Monday Night

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HOUSTON – James Blake, the 2008 US Men’s Clay Court Championship runner-up, will play the first night session match of the 2013 tournament when he takes on Gael Monfils of France at 6 p.m. Monday night at River Oaks Country Club.

That match was one of several announced Saturday as part of a preliminary schedule for the tournament. Here’s a look at the intended order of play for select matches, which is subject to change, with the precise schedule of these matches to be announced the day before:

MONDAY NIGHT SESSION – James Blake vs. Gael Monfils

TUESDAY DAY SESSION – Michael Russell vs Qualifier; Jack Sock vs Qualifier

TUESDAY NIGHT SESSION – Fernando Verdasco vs Steve Johnson; John Isner vs Ryan Harrison

WEDNESDAY DAY SESSION – Lleyton Hewitt vs Martin Alund

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SESSION – Nicolas Almagro vs winner of Blake-Monfils

THURSDAY (session to be determind) – Juan Monaco vs winner of Josselin Ouanna-Tim Smyzcek; Sam Querrey vs winner of Rhyne Williams-Guido Pella

Day sessions will begin at 12 p.m., while night sessions will begin at 6 p.m. during the upcoming week.

Sunday’s second round of qualifying will begin at 11 a.m. This session will be FREE to the public to attend. 



Qualifying Singles – First Round

[6] Facundo Arguello (Argentina) d [WC] David Warren (USA) 62 63

John Peers (Australia) d [7] Michael Yani (USA) 57 75 ret. (shoulder)

Gerlad Melzer (Austria) d [8] Alex Kuznetsov (USA) 62 64

Florin Mergea (Romania) d William Boe-Wiegaard (USA) 62 62

Roman Borvanov (Maldova) d Nicholas Edlefsen (USA) 62 62

Robby Ginepri (USA) d [WC] Bayo Philips (USA) 62 60

Frank Moser (Germany) d Michael Venus (New Zealand) 75 46 64

Takanyi Garanganga (Zimbabwe) d Scott Lipsky (USA) 64 57 75

Chris Wettengel (USA) d Fritz Wolmarans (RSA) 75 16 63

Greg Ouellette (USA) d [WC] Connor Curry (USA) 62 62

Luka Gregorc (Slovenia) d Vullnet Tashi (Switerland) 75 61