Chile's Christian Garin defeated Norway's Casper Rudd 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-3 to win the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship in Houston, TX, last weekend. Not only is this Garin's first career title, it is also Chile's first ATP Tour winner since Fernando Gonzalez’s win at Viña del Mar in 2009! Both the ATP and the WTA tours continue to ramp up the clay court season before the French Open. The U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship, which was started in 1910, is the last remaining ATP World Tour-level tournament in the U.S. played on clay courts, and previous winners of the singles title include former world number 1’s, Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt.
In the final, Chile's Christian Garin cemented his rising star status with his singles title win, "It was a really intense match" Garin said, "I think what I did well today was to keep playing my game. I think i'm playing my best tennis now, and I think that was the key: to run and play solid with my backhand."
On the doubles side, Mexico’s Santiago Gonzalez and Pakistan’s Aisam Qureshi ousted British brothers Neal and Ken Skupski 3-6, 6-4, 10-6 to claim their first title as a team. Gonzalez, 36, and Qureshi, 39, dropped the first set before finding their rhythm in the second. It was their first meeting with the British brothers, and the fourth year in row the doubles title has been decided in a match tiebreak. In tournament tradition, Gonzalez and Qureshi executed a perfectly timed double cannon-ball in their champion's pool jump following the trophy ceremony.
To see a great photo of the pool jump and learn more about the doubles result, click here. To read more about the exciting final, click here. To see the moment Garin won his championship match, click on the video below.