If, like me, you can't be there in person for the last few days of the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship, there are still lots of ways to follow the action.
1. You can watch it live on the Tennis Channel. Tonight, April 13, two quarterfinal matches will be televised starting at 6 p.m. (Central Time): John Isner vs. Ryan Sweeting (the 2011 Clay Court champ), followed by Spain's Feliciano Lopez vs. Argentina's Carlos Berlocq. On Saturday, April 14, semifinal singles matches will be televised starting at 1 p.m. and the doubles final will be shown at 6 p.m. The singles final will air on Sunday, April 15, at 2 p.m.
2. You can follow every point of every match by downloading the ATP/WTA Live Scores app to your iPhone or iPad (there is also an Android version but I haven't used that one). You can see a screen shot of this great app above and read about it in this post: Follow ALL The Action With The ATP/WTA Live App. This app is updating the scores in almost real time - there was maybe a 30 to 45 second delay I noticed the other day when watching a match and also following it with the app (I think this qualifies as tennis nerd-dom). And this is also the app that a lot of players use to follow the scores as I found out from Juan Monaco's hitting partner and a German doubles player.
3. You can keep up with winners, losers and check out a few photos by following the official Twitter account for this tournament - @mensclaycourt. While you won't get point by point tweets, you will get the overall big picture plus a fun look at what's happening on the River Oaks Country Club grounds.
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