Steve Johnson wins his second ATP title at US clay tennis tournament

Apr 17, 2017
Steve Johnson kisses the champion’s trophy after winning the US Men’s Clay Court Tennis Championship on Sunday.

Steve Johnson fought through late cramps to win the US Men’s Clay Court Tennis Championship by beating Brazil’s Thomaz Bellucci 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (5) on Sunday at River Oaks Country Club.

The 27-year-old Johnson won his second ATP Tour title and became the seventh American to win the event since it moved to Houston in 2001.

He also won a grass-court title last summer in Nottingham, England.

Johnson was hobbled by cramps while serving at the end of the third set, but by coaxing a backhand return error from Bellucci on a serve he barely hit, he was able to get off the court to receive a brisk right-thigh massage from an ATP trainer.

Players aren’t allowed timeouts for cramps.

Johnson appeared fine in the tiebreaker, which was the first to decide the championship in tournament history. – ESPN

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