By @lilygotsilly

Starting in 1931 – with a major clay court exhibition and continuing today with a top Men’s Indoor Challenger event in Dallas – Texas, Dallas and Houston in particular, has been a big part of USA tennis for nearly a century. Here’s a list of big events in Texas history preceding this inaugural WTA event.

River Oaks International Tennis Tournament in Houston may be the most famous Exhibition in American history. Starting in 1931 on Red Clay imported from Europe, then moving to Har Tru Green and now Har Tru American Red, this Houston event has now merged with the long running ATP tournament – the US Clay