John Isner – Top Tennis Players

May 5, 2012

Tennis Players

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Name: John Isner

Birthdate: April 26, 1985   (26 years old)

Birthplace: Greensboro, North Carolina

Residence: Tampa, Florida

Height: 6’9” (206 cm)

Weight: 245 lbs (111 kg)

Plays: Right-handed

Turned Pro: 2007 (6 yrs on tour)

Official Site: www.johnisnertennis.com

Nickname(s): Grandpa

John IsnerJohn Robert Isner was born in Greensboro, North Carolina but he currently resides in Tampa, Florida. He has two older siblings named Nathan and Jordan. At age 11, he began to take and play tennis seriously by the help of Oscar Blacutt and Rob Stephens at the Carolina Tennis Academy. His High School Alma Mater was at Walter Hines Page Senior High School, Greensboro and he also graduated there. He was also a graduate at the University of Georgia, where Speech communication is his major. While in Florida, he usually goes to Saddlebrook Academy for training together with his fellow American tennis players, James Blake and Mardy FIsh.

One of the strengths of Isner is that he has a very strong serve. His forehand has this quality also. When he serves, he usually aim for a one two-points, which is a pretty big serve and then followed by a great forehand. Over the years, he appeared to be physically fit leading him to create an impact in tennis by holding the title of The Longest Match ever against Nicolas Mahut, which lasted 11 hours and 5minutes for three days at the Wimbledon tournament.

In 2004-2007, he started playing at the University of Georgia and eventually became the all -time leader in singles and doubles victories. He led Georgia to NCAA Championship in 2007.

In the same year, he was lunch as a professional tennis player with a ranking of No. 839. However, later in this year more specifically in November, he moved up to rank No. 106.

In the following year that is in 2008, his current rank was just enough for him to get through into his first Australian Open. He didn’t have a good shot in the first rounds and suffered disappointments. In February, he appeared in the quarterfinals at the ATP stop in San Jose, defeating Florent Serra and Tommy Hass. He went up from his spot of No. 106 to No. 93 but ended the year ranking No. 144.

2009 was quite good for him. He was able to reach the semifinals in Indianapolis and in Washington DC. During the summer, he brought 38 wins in a five-set U.S open defeating Roddick.

In 2010, due to his powerful serve, he was able to reach four finals. He accomplished his first ever title in his fight at Auckland. He finished the season with a career-high ranking no. 19.

In 2011 French Open, Isner pushed Nadal to five sets in the first round. Added to his titles is Newport, runner-up in Atlanta against Mardy Fish, progressed to semifinals at Washington, DC, bagged the Winston-Salem championship and experienced U.S Open quarterfinal

2012 is the year that he made a noise and creates a very historic moment in tennis. Before this very historic event, he first competed to David Nalbandian and defeated him at the Australian Open. However, he was upset in the third round by Feliciano Lopez. Fortunately, he was able to upset the world’s number three, Roger Federer during the Davis Cup first round in Switzerland alongside defeated Marco Chiudinelli in singles rubber, making the U.S team victorious over Swiss. He also defeated world’s number one Novak Djokovic in the semifinals making him reached the final of the Indian Wells masters before finally bowing to Roger Federer in the finals in straight sets. The Longest match ever in the field of tennis happened this year.

John Isner Match Record

Singles Titles

2011: Winston Salem, Newport
2010: Auckland

Doubles Titles

2011: Rome
2010: Memphis 
2008: Newport

 

 

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