Isner pulls out of French Open
Thursday, May 21, 2009 9:51 AM ET
PARIS (AP) -- John Isner of the United States pulled out of the French Open on Thursday because of illness.
The 114th-ranked Isner earned a wild card for Roland Garros by winning a qualifying event held by the U.S. Tennis Association. The USTA said it will return that wild-card slot to the French federation, which can hand it out to another player.
Isner, who lives in Tampa, Fla., led Georgia to the 2007 NCAA tennis championship.
Also out of the French Open are No. 23 Dmitry Tursunov of Russia and No. 38 Mario Ancic of Croatia. Tursunov has a heel injury, while Ancic pulled out Thursday because of a lack of fitness.
Tursunov hasn’t played on tour since losing to Andy Roddick in the third round at Key Biscayne, Fla., in late March.
The draw for the year’s second Grand Slam tournament is Friday. Play begins Sunday.