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07-06-2007, 06:33 AM
I see there isn't a thread for the American Ivo. :lol: 6'9 former Georgia Bulldog with a huge serve. He was the NCAA singles runner-up this year.

I wasn't too sure about his pro prospects but he won a $15,000 Futures event last week as a WC. I read that he is trying to qualify for Newport next week and might even receive a WC. He will then play Aptos after that.

It'll be interesting to see what he does in the next 2 weeks. Some good results and he'll be the 2nd most promising US prospect!

07-06-2007, 04:19 PM
How long did he attend college? Did he graduate? This will give us an idea if his career will mirror Goldstein, Gimelstob, Vahaly, or Delic. If we're lucky, Blake or even McEnroe's. Seems college players just don't do as well as the guys who don't go these days. :)

07-07-2007, 02:26 AM
His serve is huge and he's much better off the ground than Ivo, I could see John cracking the top 100. I saw him demolish Kevin Anderson (6'7" South African who plays for Illinois) and Anderson is already having reasonable success on tour. Hope he gets a WC for Newport.

07-07-2007, 03:38 PM
How long did he attend college? Did he graduate? This will give us an idea if his career will mirror Goldstein, Gimelstob, Vahaly, or Delic. If we're lucky, Blake or even McEnroe's. Seems college players just don't do as well as the guys who don't go these days. :)

He spent 4 years at Georgia so he's a bit older. I'm actually disappointed at the slow rise in rankings of the guys who didn't go to college even though they're still young. Some of these NCAA guys can add some depth to American tennis. I'll be happy if he can follow Delic's path but do it sooner. :)

And he just got a WC into Newport.

07-07-2007, 04:51 PM
Well that is very excellent for him that he got the WC. Keep your fingers crossed for a good draw for him.

I would like to see the college graduates do better as well. It's a shame that tennis players seem to be penalized for getting an education. Would be good for American tennis to have a Top 50 or Top 20 player with a degree. I believe Todd Martin was the last one.

rseto, I hope you can stop by regularly and help us keep track of John here. :)

Chaos Inc.
07-07-2007, 06:30 PM
Good luck and best wishes to him.

ae wowww
07-08-2007, 08:02 AM
He also received a Newport WC into the doubles event, with Mardy Fish. Good luck John.

07-08-2007, 05:03 PM
Never heard of him but I will definitely keep an eye out - thanks for the info and best of luck to him!

The Freak
07-08-2007, 05:41 PM
This guy is 6'10" :eek:
I saw him play in the college singles final, which he lost 6-7, 6-4, 6-7.

07-09-2007, 10:10 PM
Well he will be playing Big Dick Norman in a battle of tall big servers tomorrow. Good luck to him :)

Chaos Inc.
07-10-2007, 05:38 PM
Isner lost 7-6(3) 6-3.

Really struggled returning serve after the first few Norman

service games.

07-10-2007, 05:40 PM
Well he may have a huge serve himself but so does Norman - I imagine he hadn't seen many serves like his before. Anyway, decent effort for his first ATP match, especially considering that grass is a tough surface and takes a lot of guys a long time to play well on. Hopefully he sticks with it and has better results as he plays more on the tour :)

Chaos Inc.
07-10-2007, 06:00 PM
I agree. A lot of nerves involved playing his first match at this

level. When he gets another opportunity, he can just go out and

play tennis like it is old hat.

07-10-2007, 06:25 PM
Too bad he didn't get a normal sized opponent in the 1st rnd. Norman has too much experience in the "big serve" type of play.

Hope Isner can build up his ranking over the summer.

07-11-2007, 08:36 PM
I hope John will do well over the summer in some challengers giving the USTA an idea for a W/C to the USO hopfully. (John already played the doubles there after winning Kalamazoo a few years back).

07-12-2007, 03:05 AM
Glad to see John has some support here. I watched the entire tournament (singles and team) in Athens and I'm happy for John even though it was unfortunate he didn't pull off the dubs and singles.

Chaos Inc.
07-17-2007, 03:46 AM
Isner lost in the first round at Aptos to Brendan Evans 6-4 6-7(2)

7-6(9). Good luck to him in his next tournament.

07-24-2007, 01:14 PM
Isner won first round of Lexington challenger, beat #8 seed Kyu Tae Im 6/3 6/7 6/3

Looks like he has a decent draw to do well here..I saw him play a lot this past year @ UGA, hope he does well.

Chaos Inc.
07-25-2007, 08:41 PM
Isner won his second round match over Capkovic 6-3 6-4.

07-28-2007, 05:11 AM
into the sf!!!

07-28-2007, 03:53 PM
also a WC into Washington ATP. here's his section.

(8) BECKER, Benjamin/BYE
(WC) ISNER, John v HENMAN, Tim
(10) DEL POTRO, Juan Martin/BYE

tough opponent for John but Henman is probably a little rusty too.

Chaos Inc.
07-28-2007, 04:25 PM
Evans beat Isner in a very close match at Aptos, 11-9 in the 3rd

set tie break. Hopefully John can turn the tables this time.

As far as Washington goes, Henman at this stage of his career is

very beatable. In the second round, Becker is a solid player but

that is a match that Isner can take as well.

Chaos Inc.
07-28-2007, 09:50 PM
Isner won 7-6 7-6.

Good luck in the finals against Brian Wilson.

07-29-2007, 08:58 PM
John wins his first challenger title with a win in Lexington over Brian Wilson 6-7 6-3 6-4. This has been a solid transition from collegiate tennis for John. Since starting out full time on the pro tour last month, he won a futures event, and now has a challenger title under his belt. Time to start making a mark on the pro tour. :woohoo:

07-30-2007, 02:11 AM
When he lost without any chance to Dick Norman in Newport I started to get some doubts about his potential but that has been disproven now. Won't be long before he gets an ATP match win.

07-30-2007, 11:45 PM
Congrats John!

Chaos Inc.
07-31-2007, 03:36 AM
Good luck against Henman tomorrow.

Chaos Inc.
07-31-2007, 10:13 PM
Isner beat Henman 4-6 6-4 7-6(4).

Great job John. Good luck in the next round. With the

nerves of winning your first match at this level out of the

way, no reason why you can't beat Becker and advance deep into

this tournament.

08-01-2007, 02:18 AM
I've not seen this guy play before. Congrats to him on his big win over Henman. I hope I get to see him play soon.

Here's a profile page about him. ( And here's a USA Today article ( about him.

Some pics I found.....

08-01-2007, 07:07 AM
WOW good for him :D

Chaos Inc.
08-01-2007, 11:47 PM
Isner beat Becker 3-6 7-5 7-6(6).

Next up for Isner is Odesnik. Keep up the solid play John and good


08-02-2007, 12:51 AM
Great chance for John to make it to the quarters. :cool:

Chaos Inc.
08-02-2007, 11:57 PM
Isner beat Odesnik 6-7(4) 7-6(3) 7-6(2).

Nice run John. Haas next. He is the definite favorite to win the

match with your inexperience. If Tommy beats you, go down swinging

like you have the entire tournament. You have nothing to lose, the

pressure is on him.........

08-03-2007, 03:33 PM
It was a dominant serving performance, even by John Isner's lofty standards.

Isner's serve had to be transcendent in order for him to outlast Wayne Odesnik, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (3), 7-6 (2). Thursday's win pushes Isner into the quarterfinals of the Legg Mason Classic, only his second-ever ATP event.

Next up for Isner is No. 2 seed Tommy Haas, the ninth-ranked player in the world. The match will be shown live today at 2 p.m. on ESPN2.

"I know he was once as high as No. 2 in the world," Isner said. "I've never, ever played a guy close to his caliber before."

Odesnik, ranked No. 189 in the world, is certainly no Tommy Haas, but his serve gave Isner fits the entire match.

Isner managed to get to break point twice on Odesnik's serve, and both times Odesnik won the point. Odesnik won an impressive 71 percent of the points on his serve.

"He wasn't a huge server, but he was a smart server," Isner said.

Isner, though, was a huge server. The former Page High standout won an astounding 86 percent of the points on his serve, including 91 percent when he got his first serve in. Isner pounded 31 aces.

As Isner noted after his win in the previous round, the advantage in a tiebreaker usually goes to the bigger serve. Thursday was no exception. After dropping a first-set tiebreaker to Odesnik, 7-4, Isner cruised through tiebreakers in the next two sets, 7-3 and 7-2, respectively.

Perhaps the more difficult foe for Isner today will be fatigue. He has played three straight two-hour-plus matches, all of which have gone to third-set tiebreakers.

"I'm so confident in my serve right now," Isner said. "I'm so confident in my serve right now, it's going to keep me in any match no matter who I play."

08-03-2007, 03:50 PM
"He will have a great opportunity," said Ricardo Acuna, a U.S. national coach who has coached Isner the past 2½ weeks. "He definitely put himself in position to get invitations to other tournaments. At the same time, we'll see how he does in some other tournaments. His ranking may still not be good enough to get into those tournaments."

Isner broke out with a 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(4) victory over Henman in the opening round. He had to come from behind again against Becker on Wednesday, battling through a tough second set en route to a 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (6) victory.

After Isner defeated Becker, Georgia tennis coach Manuel Diaz saw him flash a big smile. It brought back memories of Isner's journey in reaching this stage at a time when some have questioned whether American tennis is at a lull.

"[Isner] gives college tennis the due respect," Acuna said. "He shows you can still play four years of college and be able to play on the tour. He demonstrated that is possible to do."

But the real question, Acuna said, is how much Isner's game will develop.

Isner was a basketball player until his sophomore year of high school in North Carolina, when he quit because he didn't feel comfortable playing inside.

"I was a perimeter player," Isner said. "I was like Dirk [Nowitzki]. I was tall and could shoot [3-pointers]. I wasn't big enough to bang down low. Or at least wide enough, that is."

In tennis, though, Isner could take advantage of his long frame, which helped his serve's trajectory and partly led to his dominance in college. Physical advantages are rarer at the pro level, but Isner thinks he's gaining confidence and playing patiently while also realizing mental errors quickly can spell defeat.

"Fortunately, I was serving exceptionally well," Isner said yesterday. "That's what carried me today. I need to learn how to start winning in quicker fashion. But I'll take it. A win is a win."

His college coach agreed.

"He was more of a baseliner in college, and he pretty much served and volleyed all the time," Diaz said. "These [professional] guys are stronger in returning than the college players. In order for him to continue to improve, he has to continue to play aggressively and continue to attack the net."

That was evident as both Henman and Becker tried to make Isner run around the court, hoping his long legs would tire him out. But Isner gave them few opportunities to do that, often holding serve.

Isner smoked Becker with 30 aces and only had two double-faults. Against Henman, Isner won all five of his service points in the tiebreaking set. One of his serves in that match clocked 141 mph — the second-fastest serve at Legg Mason so far behind only Andy Roddick's 143 mph serve against Tomas Zib on Tuesday.

"I thought I beat him," Isner said with a laugh. "My serve comes down at a steep angle. I extend the racket and get it up in the air. ... I can create good angles on my serve, and I feel I can hit any spot on the court. I feel I can hold my serve against just about anybody."

Isner has taken advantage of the opportunity and is hoping his play has impressed officials enough to warrant an invitation to the U.S Open later this month.

"It's something that no matter what the situation in this tournament, I've been really calm out there," Isner said. "I don't feel any pressure. I have nothing to lose in this tournament. I'm going out there to grip it and rip it."

08-03-2007, 03:58 PM
Wow, good for him!! Good luck against Tommy!

ae wowww
08-03-2007, 05:11 PM
Nice article, good to see Johnny bringing out the wins! I hope to see a lot more of him, and wish him luck in obtaining a wildcard for the USO.

08-03-2007, 08:38 PM
he beat Haas winning his 4th third-set TB in a row. Pretty freaking unbelievable stuff :worship:

08-03-2007, 08:50 PM
Holy . . .

What a run. This guy is moving up the rankings at light speed.

08-03-2007, 08:56 PM
Keep riding the wave Johnny. :cool:

Chaos Inc.
08-03-2007, 09:35 PM
Great win John. Surprising to say the least. Safin or Monfils in

the next round. Good luck and stay on a roll.

Voo de Mar
08-03-2007, 11:03 PM
He is my hero :worship:

08-04-2007, 12:36 AM

08-04-2007, 01:05 AM
Any guesses about a wild card into Cinci? :scratch: I'd like to see him play if possible.

Voo de Mar
08-04-2007, 01:06 AM
Any guesses about a wild card into Cinci? :scratch: I'd like to see him play if possible.

He is amazing. I'm sure he gets WC in Cinci & US Open :cool:

08-04-2007, 06:31 AM
He is amazing. I'm sure he gets WC in Cinci & US Open :cool:

Of course, He should be there

I would see how far he can go

Best of luck to John

08-05-2007, 01:40 AM

08-05-2007, 01:43 AM
:rocker2: Amazing stuff from John! :rocker2:

:bowdown: :worship: :bowdown: :worship: :bowdown: :worship: :bowdown: :worship: :bowdown: :worship: :bowdown: :worship:

Voo de Mar
08-05-2007, 02:00 AM
:rocker2: Amazing stuff from John! :rocker2:

:bowdown: :worship: :bowdown: :worship: :bowdown: :worship: :bowdown: :worship: :bowdown: :worship: :bowdown: :worship:

Exactly. I can't believe what he is doing :cool:

Chaos Inc.
08-05-2007, 02:39 AM
Great show of will and determination John. It was obvious you were

getting tired in the 3rd set but you fought thru it.

Good luck in the final.

08-05-2007, 02:43 AM
Congrats John! Simply amazing.

08-05-2007, 03:03 AM
A John Isner forum is not far away, I suspect.

08-05-2007, 03:16 AM
I hope he gets a W/C into New Haven.

I dont care if its micky mouse, but its my hometown, and I want see him play in person.

08-05-2007, 03:20 AM
I hope he gets a W/C into New Haven.

I dont care if its micky mouse, but its my hometown, and I want see him play in person.

I would be damn near indefensible not to give him one. He'll get one.

08-05-2007, 12:07 PM
:yeah: He needs a week off after this.

08-05-2007, 02:15 PM
Has anyone ever won 5 matches in one tourney in a row all in third set TBs? Pretty unreal.

Voo de Mar
08-05-2007, 04:57 PM
Has anyone ever won 5 matches in one tourney in a row all in third set TBs? Pretty unreal.

He is the first who has won 4 in a row :)

08-05-2007, 06:23 PM
Isner's cheering section may become the new J-Block. Check out the video of his friends :lol:

08-05-2007, 08:38 PM
Good 4 weeks for him :yeah: Off a week and he announced that he received a WC into Cincy. :banana:

08-05-2007, 08:38 PM
He is the first who has won 4 in a row :)ooooooh. Wow, good for him :)

08-05-2007, 08:41 PM
Take the beer away;)

08-05-2007, 08:57 PM
Good week for John, he put up a solid showing against Andy. Now rest up and pick up some wins in Cincy. :yeah:

Chaos Inc.
08-05-2007, 11:30 PM
Great job this week John. Just ran out of gas today.

I suspect we will be seeing plenty of big play out of you in the

very near future...

08-06-2007, 04:15 AM
Great run this week :yeah:

I hope this is not a one-off tournament run and we will see and hear more from him :)

08-06-2007, 02:21 PM
Rest up for Cincy John, you'll be ok with some rest.

08-06-2007, 10:21 PM
Highlights Video ESPN LatinoAmérica

Big John Isner vs Andy Roddick (

Voo de Mar
08-07-2007, 01:31 AM
:wavey: Where can I find college results?
I'd like to know all Isner's matches from college career.

08-07-2007, 01:43 AM
:wavey: Where can I find college results?
I'd like to know all Isner's matches from college career.

Voo de Mar
08-07-2007, 01:46 AM

Great :worship:

08-09-2007, 05:49 PM

ryan (MIami, FL.): How did you feel your height either helps or hinders your game?

JOHN ISNER: It does both. Obviously when you're tall on the tennis court, it will give you advantages and disadvantages. For me, it helps because of my serve. But it's a disadvantage, because I'm not as quick as about 95% of the guys out there. But that's something I can work on.

Charlotte, NC: John, I always seem to do poorly in tiebreakers. What are your secrets to winning tiebreakers, if you will share them? --Curt

JOHN ISNER: It's really just a mindset. It's something I take in when I play. My college coach told me not to put too much pressure on myself and to return one of the two serves and win one of the two points. I'll hold serve most of the time. I really try to just get one of the two points.

Andrew (Buenos Aires, Argentina): Are you planning to dedicate yourself full time to tennis now?

JOHN ISNER: Yes. 100%. I made that decision early on in my senior year. I was going to go out and try to play tennis for a living. It's a risky choice, but it's something I wanted to do. I thought I had the game to do well on the pro tour. It's definitely better than a regular job.

Miami, Florida: do you believe that going to college for four years is an advantage then rather turning pro at such an early age?

JOHN ISNER: I definitely do. I've been asked this question a lot. The answer for me, in my case when I was 17-18 coming out of high school. I wasn't mature enough or strong enough to go out on tour. I went to school, competed against some really great players. I gained a lot of confidence because I won a lot. I knew then I was mature to go out there. On top of that, I got a really good education.

Aaron (Virginia): What are your plans moving forward in your tennis career? What upcoming tournaments are you in? Did you qualify for the US Open?

JOHN ISNER: For me, the next three weeks are huge for me. I have really good opportunities to do well. The next tournament is the Masters Series. It's probably the toughest draw. I got a wild card into the main draw there. I may or may not play the Pilot Pen in New Haven, CT. After that, it's the US Open. I think they'll come out with the wild card draw for that today. I have those three events coming up, so hopefully I can do well.

Meredith (Miami,FL): What tennis player (male or female) are you most excited to play and/or meet?

JOHN ISNER: Yes, it's kind of the generic answer you'll get, but if I get the chance to meet/play Roger Federer, that would be a dream come true. He's the most dominant athlete in the world.

JP: Portland, OR: You use a 2-handed backhand. But I notice the players with the best backhands use a 1-handed style. Have you tried 1-handed? Thanks!

JOHN ISNER: No, I've never tried a one hand. Ever since I picked up the racket, it's always been a two handed backhand. For me, it's helped on the return of serve to use the two-hand.

Samantha, New York: John, as a child growing up watching tennis, who were your favorite players? And which players do you admire in today's generation?

JOHN ISNER: Growing up, I always would cheer for Pete and Andre. A lot of people would say that but they were the face of American tennis. They were two of the greatest champions of all time. Now, it's all about Roger Federer. I don't watch a lot of tennis, but if I see him, I'll watch the entire match.

Craig: Pittsburgh Pennsylvania: John, Whats the biggest difference between playing against the best players in college vs playing against the best players on the pro tour?

JOHN ISNER: In college, the top guys hit the ball just as well as the pros. But the biggest thing that sets the pros apart is the mental game. They're so mentally strong. For me, the key that I had to overcome is that I had to mentally believe that I could compete with these guys. I went out there thinking I could win every match I played. A lot of times, guys go out there just happy to be out there.

Tara, Ellicott City, MD: Hey John, congratulations on making the finals last week! I first watched you play the singles and doubles NCAA finals on tv a couple months ago. I'm impressed at how quickly you've come up and I look forward to watching you play at Cinci next week. It's so great to have new life back in American tennis! Andy and James are fun to watch but I'm looking forward to seeing you and and the other young guys like Sam climb your way to the top!

JOHN ISNER: I think the state of American tennis right now is fine. In the 90s, we were spoiled because we had guys like Agassi, Courier, Chang, America was spoiled. Now, we have two guys in the top 10. I think it's strong right now.

Jennifer (Brooklyn Ny): Do you see yourself as a serve and volleyer- I was impressed with your touch at net in dc

JOHN ISNER: Yes, I am a serve and volleyer. When I use a kick serve, 99% of the time I'll go to the net. The majority of the time, I am a serve and volleyer. I had that in DC and I was fortunate.

Mark (Portland, ME): Do you think you'll focus more on singles or doubles in your pro career?

JOHN ISNER: For me now, I'm going to focus more on singles. With singles success comes doubles success. In college, I was a better doubles player than singles player. I wanted to come out and give it a good go on singles.

Becky (NJ): What have you been doing since your great run at the Legg Mason Classic?

JOHN ISNER: I took two days off, which was much needed. I needed to put the rackets up and get away. I played 11 matches in 12 days and it took a toll on my body. I needed to sit back and relax for a few days. I started training yesterday for these up coming tournaments.

Pashondre (Da 757): What are your views on older international players playing in college tennis?

JOHN ISNER: There's been a lot of complaints of international players coming in. I don't have any problems with it. If they're going to bring the game up, I don't have anything against it.

Huntsville, AL: It's very rare for a Four year college player to make it on the pro tour. Are there any other college players that recently graduated that are on tour trying to make it?

JOHN ISNER: Yes, I think a good example is a player I just beat at Legg Mason - Benjamin Becker. He's doing unbelievably well. If you go four years in college, you can make it as a pro.

Clifton, Columbia, SC: I've got a very important non-tennis question for you. Are you a big college football fan? If so, what do you think about the big South Carolina vs. Georgia matchup on Sept. 8th?

JOHN ISNER: I'm a HUGE college football fan. I grew up in North Carolina, which was a big basketball area. I went to Georgia where college football is a religion. I plan on attending that game, but it's also the semifinals for the US Open, so if I'm not there, I'll be at the game.

ae wowww
08-10-2007, 07:35 AM
Thanks a lot for the interview, very nice indeed!

08-10-2007, 06:43 PM
I found this interview on


August 8, 2007

John Isner

GREG SHARKO: Good afternoon to everyone. Thank you for calling in for today's conference call with John Isner, who joins us from Tampa, Florida.
As many of you know, John reached his first ATP Final last week at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington, where he won five consecutive matches in a third-set tiebreak before losing to Andy Roddick 6-4, 7-6. Along the way he defeated former top 10 Tim Henman in the first round, and No. 12 ranked Tommy Haas in the quarters. Afterwards John moved up from 416 to No. 193 in the ATP rankings. He also won the Lexington challenger two weeks ago and at the time was ranked 745.
In Washington John fired 144 aces during the week, the highest non-Grand Slam tournament total since the ATP began keeping serving statistics in 1991.
Next week John will play in his first ATP Masters Series tournament at the Western and Southern Financial Group Masters in Cincinnati, where he's been given a wildcard.
Prior to turning pro this summer, John helped the University of Georgia to an undefeated 32-0 season and the NCAA team title. He also reached the NCAA singles final and he was a four-time All-American and the school's all-time winningest players with 143 singles match wins.
We thank everyone for joining us this afternoon and we'll start with questions.

Q. You're 22. You've played a lot of college tennis. Some guys are out there on the tour at 18, 19. Why now?
JOHN ISNER: I think for me, I've really matured in college. College was obviously the right choice for me. I got a lot stronger in college. My game improved so much because I had such great coaching there for four years. I got really, really used to winning. I won a lot in college, which really helped the transition from college to a pro and eventually to the ATP, just helped the transition go real smoothly. I was real confident coming from college because I won so much and I knew, you know, going for four years prepared me the best as possible because, you know, I went there and I got stronger, my game just kept on getting better and better.

Q. How are you feeling looking forward to Cincinnati?
JOHN ISNER: Oh, I feel great. I hit today for the first time. I took two days off, which really isn't that long. Can't take any more time off than that because I have such a huge tournament coming up.
I was obviously a bit sore after I lost to Andy. After the whole tournament was over, I logged so many hours on court. But I feel fine. Hitting relatively lightly today. Going at it pretty hard tomorrow. Just working real hard down in Tampa right now. It's hot as -- really, really hot here. Just working hard. Going to Cincinnati on Friday, practice there for a few days, just get prepared for my first-round match.

Q. Can you talk about your professional goals now. The expectations are rising here by the day for you.
JOHN ISNER: For me, I always told myself, if I could ever make top 100 at any point in my career, that will be just a huge accomplishment. Tennis is such a tough sport to succeed in, make money in.
Right now I'm 90 some spots away from that. I have -- really all year, I have about 10 and a half months to pick up points. My ranking can't go down because I have nothing to defend.
For me now I'm trying to shoot for a lot higher than top 50 because I've set myself up nicely for that, given these past results.
You know, I try not to make that many goals for myself. But I think if I had to make a goal, you know, I would say top 50. To ever make top 50 would be huge, and hopefully I can do better, maybe top 25, so on. It was just originally top 100, but I've set myself up nicely so far to go even higher than that.

Q. A lot of the focus has been on where the American players are going to come from after James and Andy at Grand Slam tournaments. A lot of the focus has been on juniors, teenagers. You're from a different mold, going to college. What are your thoughts on young American stars and the different paths that they can take developmentally?
JOHN ISNER: You know, college, unless you're a superstar, beating guys in the top 100, top 50 at 17, 18, obviously not going to college would be the right choice. If you're not tearing it up that well, you need to go to college. For someone like me, I was pretty good as a junior. I never thought about turning pro out of high school. My game got so much better in college. It's only going to get better. You got great coaching, great players to practice against.
The spot I'm at now, I've taken a lot different route than many of my peers. A lot of my peers my age decided to forego college and turn professional right out of high school.
Yeah, obviously for me I'm a little bit older. I'm not 18, 19. I'm new to the Pro Tour, but I'm not 18 or 19. I'm 22. I think I'm more mature at this stage. Hopefully I can set up a different path for people to go through, which is four years of college. At least two years in college, I think. Like I've said, I've taken a different path than a lot of my peers have. I've only been out here for two months and I'm ranked just about the same as a lot of them, so.

Q. What was your highest ranking as a junior? What do you think would have happened if you had turned pro and not gone to college?
JOHN ISNER: Well, in juniors I think I was maybe in the 18s. Maybe I was ranked 8 or 9. I was a good junior, but nothing that spectacular. Obviously college was the right choice for me. If I would have not gone to college, to tell you the truth, there's a good chance I probably wouldn't be playing right now. I'd be out there -- I would have been out four years by now. You just really get burned out at that point. If I would have turned pro at 18, I would have lost a lot of matches. I wasn't that mature. Confidence would have gone really, really down. When you have no confidence, you're not going to have good results. That eventually leads to just probably hanging the racquets up.
To tell you the truth, if I turned pro out of high school, there's a good chance I probably wouldn't be playing tennis right now. I would have taken my licks out there in the early years.

Q. You say obviously winning was the big key. Did you go into these tournaments this summer, like the Legg Mason, thinking, I'm a winning tennis player, I can win here? Did you surprise yourself? Did you feel because of all the winning, you could win matches against players in the top 50?
JOHN ISNER: You know, I thought I could -- I mean, I knew I was capable of winning matches against guys in the top 100, top 50. To tell you the truth, I'm not going to lie, tell you otherwise, but I did surprise myself. I beat five guys all ranked very high. I beat them in such dramatic fashion. I never would have thought I could have done that. I went into the tournament confident that I could win one or two matches, put up a good show, make a little bit of a name for myself. I never would have thought I would have made such a big splash like I did.
After each match I won, I'm getting more and more confidence, kind of like a snowball effect. After each match I won, I'm looking at my next opponent, I'm like, Why can't I beat him? That's really what happened and what led to my success there.

Q. The impact of the Lexington tournament, you win five matches there, did that have a big impact on what you did in Washington?
JOHN ISNER: Yes. That was huge for me. Prior to that tournament, I had never made it past the Round of 16 of a challenger event. Once I made it that far, it was a new experience for me. My first quarterfinal in a challenger, my first semifinal in a challenger, my first final in a challenger. I did real well there. Obviously I haven't played that many pro tournaments. I was competing as an amateur these past couple summers, but not competing that seriously because I had another year of school to go back to.
Obviously winning a challenger, which is a step under an ATP, gave me a lot of confidence. I beat some guys in the top 200 there, top 250. Told myself, if I can beat guys in the top 250, what's to say I can't beat people in the top 100. I went into D.C. extremely confident, confident as ever, and that really helped me.

Q. Now you're playing in a Masters event. Before Washington, would you have gone in praying to win one match? What is your attitude now about competing in a tournament with top 55 guys in the world there?
JOHN ISNER: Yeah, playing in this tournament, I never would have thought I'd be competing in this tournament so early, so soon. Obviously, you know, I want to thank the tournament director, Bruce, for giving me the opportunity to play here. There's not going to be one easy match in the whole draw.
To tell you the truth, if I can go there and win -- just even win one match would be huge. All the top players are here. But it was just like in D.C. I feel confident. I beat Tommy Haas, who is ranked -- I forget what he's ranked, but he's ranked pretty high. There's going to be guys I'm going to be playing against. Unless I draw Federer, Nadal, guys not at that level, I'm pretty confident right now that I can compete with those guys.

Q. What has the experience been like off the court since the D.C. tournament in terms of agents, endorsement deals?
JOHN ISNER: Since the D.C. tournament?

Q. Yes.
JOHN ISNER: I had an agent prior to D.C. I've been working with Sam Duvall from SFX. He actually showed a lot of interest in me after college, which is kind of rare. Go four years in college, you don't really get that much interest from agents such as that. I've been with Sam, working with SFX. He gave me some good opportunities early on in the summer. I've been able to capitalize on those thus far.
You know, after that D.C. tournament, I didn't have to worry about signing with an agent because I was already with Sam, feel really comfortable with him. I've had good results so far. Hopefully I can keep it going.

Q. Any potential endorsement deals come out of that D.C. tournament?
JOHN ISNER: None as of yet. We're probably negotiating. We'll see what happens.

Q. How old were you when you started playing tennis?
JOHN ISNER: I was about nine or ten.

Q. Did you have any particular tennis idols growing up, anyone you looked up to, pros out there?
JOHN ISNER: If I had to say one person, it would be Pete Sampras. Kind of the cliché answer. Growing up, I honestly didn't watch tennis at all. He was obviously the guy I followed the most, which wasn't that much. I didn't watch that much tennis. I was just always into especially football. I watched everything (indiscernible) pretty much.

Q. What got you into it?
JOHN ISNER: I picked it up at an early age, had some success, won some local tournaments, won some state tournaments, sectional tournaments. I thought I could go somewhere with tennis and I stuck with it.

Q. Do you think this country needs American stars to get the kids and communities playing the sport more, more interested in the sport?
JOHN ISNER: You know, I guess you could say that. Even so, there's so many kids playing tennis. Tennis is I think a really popular sport. But any time it would help to have a huge star, which I think we have in guys like Andy and James. If another guy were to come along, have success like they have, that would probably spark more interest in the game than there is now.

Q. From your perspective, you think the American sport is very healthy from a community perspective?
JOHN ISNER: Well, I think so, from a community perspective. USTA is huge. There's leagues all around the country. There's lots of junior tournaments. There's so many players playing tournaments. For instance, that Lexington challenger, there was a junior tournament going on at the same time during that. So many players competing. A lot of players. Eventually you're probably going to see somewhere across the country the next young prospects.

Q. What can you say about junior Wimbledon winner Donald Young, besides he's left-handed and is about a foot shorter than you? What do you think of him as a future American star?
JOHN ISNER: Yeah, I think he really has all the goods to make it big. He's real talented. He's real young. He's real raw, in my opinion. He's going to get a lot better. He's going to get a lot stronger. He has so much talent.
He's starting to just now follow that junior success up with success on the Pro Tour. Really I think the sky's the limit for him because he's so talented. A lot of people on his side. A lot of people think he can do well. He's going to get a lot of opportunities to prove himself. I think he will.

Q. Tell us about your serve. Clearly it's a huge weapon. Did you really have a span of like the five best serving days of your life or business as usual? What is it that makes your serve so effective besides your height?
JOHN ISNER: Yeah, I served well in that tournament. I'm not going to lie. I've served like that a bunch, but I did follow it up each day after. I don't know, I just felt real comfortable out there out in D.C. The surface helped me. It was a little bit of a slick surface. I felt like I was popping the serve real well. I've been working a lot on my strength and my legs. I actually have been working on my serve a little bit to make it a little bit better, getting down a little bit lower with my knee bend, getting my shoulder stronger.
I definitely don't think it's a fluke. I know I can serve like that on a consistent basis. I think I can do that. Hopefully I can just keep it going.

Q. Other than your height, technically, do you come with the hard flat one a lot, do you prefer the kicker?
JOHN ISNER: Yeah, you know, I can hit my hard flat one. The hard flat one I usually -- unless it is an offensive return, blocking it back, I like to come in with the forehand. Really what helped me in D.C. was my second serve. I was consistently hitting my second serve between 120 and 127 miles an hour. I was placing my second serve real well. I was following it up with a volley, which is what I like to do.
I've had a lot of people tell me that my second serve is more dangerous than my first because it's coming in with more spin, not as fast, and it kicks higher. It eats a lot of players up.

Q. Do you feel more pressure now? You're not a secret any more. Do you feel pressure? What would it mean to you to play in the US Open if that comes to be?
JOHN ISNER: I think it's not going -- obviously my name's been heard a lot after D.C. There's probably a lot of scout reports on me. People know a lot about me which is going to be tougher.
As far as pressure goes, I really don't think so. Still, even still, I'm in this tournament in Cincinnati, nothing much is expected of me. I'm probably the lowest-ranked guy competing in this tournament. There's no pressure. If I go out there and lose first round, nobody is going to say, Wow, what happened? I feel like I can only help myself in Cincinnati. Losing there is nothing to be ashamed of. As far as that goes, no pressure. I think it's going to be a little tougher because people are talking about me now, people know a little bit more about me and they're going to use what they know about me to their advantage when they play against me. It's a matter of me adjusting and be able to overcome that.
As far as the US Open goes, yes, it's always been a dream of mine. Never thought it would come true, to tell you the truth. If I do get a wildcard into there, that would be unbelievable. Go out there, play on that stage. I've been there, played juniors one time, played the doubles event one time. Such a spectacle there. The fans are into it. The place is packed 24/7. If I would get a chance to play there, even on an outer court, it's a great environment, something I could look back on, say I always competed in the US Open.

Q. Exactly how tall are you? 6'10"?

Q. How long have you been that height?
JOHN ISNER: I probably have been here for a year or two years. I haven't -- I grew a little bit since my freshman year of high school. I would say I'm a little bit shorter than 6'10".
GREG SHARKO: 6'9" or 6'10"? Website has 6'9".
JOHN ISNER: Go with 6'10". Make it a little bit bigger (laughter).

Q. Does that tie him for the tallest on tour? Karlovic?
GREG SHARKO: That's right, Ivo.

Q. He's tied with Ivo?
GREG SHARKO: That's right.

Q. What is your latest actual measurement?
JOHN ISNER: The last time I got measured was probably I was in school, a physical. I think like in January it was 6'9" and a quarter or and a half. I can't remember what it was exactly.
GREG SHARKO: We need to put him next to Ivo.

Q. I asked you about who you rooted for, your thoughts on community tennis. If you end up in the Open, move up higher, what are your thoughts on the possibility you could motivate young kids to play tennis?
JOHN ISNER: Oh, that would be -- if I was ever looked up upon like that, maybe as somewhat of like a role model, if I could ever inspire younger players to compete harder, actually work their hardest at tennis more than anything, that would be unbelievable. I've gotten some messages from younger players, kids in high school, actually after this tournament, and they've actually told me I have somewhat inspired them to play. I guess they liked watching me play out there. If I can just continue the success out on the Pro Tour, have my ranking keep climbing higher, my name will get more and more out there, if I could in any way inspire kids to choose tennis as their sport, something to go after, that would be awesome.

Q. What kind of messages did you get?
JOHN ISNER: Just stuff that, I watched you play, you're awesome, you're an inspiring player, hopefully I can make it like you have, stuff like that.

Q. How many aces last week?

Q. Highest non-Grand Slam?
GREG SHARKO: That's right. Including 30 or more in three consecutive matches. The last player to do that was Mark Philippoussis at 2003 Wimbledon. Of course, that was in a best-of-five format.

Q. What is the highest you've ever hit, miles per hour?
JOHN ISNER: I think I hit a 142 in D.C. Prior to that, I can't remember the last time I've been clocked. Probably have to go with that, 142.
GREG SHARKO: I can check the IDS radar speeds.

Q. Who was the player that tied him at 6'9" and a half?
GREG SHARKO: Ivo Karlovic is 6'10" from Croatia.

Q. Are you playing doubles in Cincinnati?
JOHN ISNER: I don't know as of yet. If I play doubles, it would have to be as a wildcard. That's something I'll probably find out in the next couple days.

Q. You said you're coming from Tampa. Who are you working with down there?
JOHN ISNER: As far as players, for instance today I trained with Mardy Fish today, which was awesome. There's a lot of great coaches here, as well. There's always a coach out there on the court. I don't have a personal coach right now in Tampa.

Q. Are you part of that group with Blake, Mardy in Tampa?
JOHN ISNER: I would say I am. There's a bunch of good guys. There's James, Mardy, the Bryan brothers train here. After that there's guys like me and other players that are ranked around what I'm ranked.

Q. You all congregate there by happenstance, or did somebody invite you to go down there and play?
JOHN ISNER: Tampa has always been a good training ground for players. Mardy and James have been here for a while, probably the last four or five years. They've been here for a while. Great facilities here at Saddlebrook, great coaching, great players. It's kind of just one of those things, a lot of players are congregating here.
GREG SHARKO: Thanks, again, for joining us. John, thanks for your time this afternoon. Best of luck next week and the rest of the season.
JOHN ISNER: Thanks. Appreciate that. Thanks for having me.

End of FastScripts

Chaos Inc.
08-11-2007, 01:56 AM
Isner has Ferrer in the first round. A tough match but one if he

plays well I think he will win. Ironically enough, in the 2nd

round John could meet Fish, who he was training with in Tampa

earlier this week. That is unlikely however, since Mardy would

have to beat Stepanek, who has been on a roll as of late. If John

faces Radek, I do not like his chances but anything can happen...

Voo de Mar
08-11-2007, 02:03 AM
Isner has Ferrer in the first round. A tough match but one if he

plays well I think he will win. Ironically enough, in the 2nd

round John could meet Fish, who he was training with in Tampa

earlier this week. That is unlikely however, since Mardy would

have to beat Stepanek, who has been on a roll as of late. If John

faces Radek, I do not like his chances but anything can happen...

You know, Stepanek will be probably very tired after 5 matches in Montreal so Mardy's chances are getting better. I don't know what to think about the other match because Ferrer hasn't any experiences against players like Isner.I suppose Ferrer won't find the rhythm at the baseline after series of aces.

08-13-2007, 03:07 PM
MASON - The search is always on for the so-called future of American tennis, which is why it might be worth keeping an eye on youngsters John Isner and Sam Querrey.

Both will be in action tonight after receiving wild-cards into the main draw of the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters.

The No. 66-ranked Querrey might already be familiar to local tennis fans after last year's memorable debut in Mason. The 19-year-old took the first set from No. 2 Rafael Nadal before eventually losing in three sets.

"It was an awesome experience," Querrey said of that defeat. "It felt like a win to me."

Querrey comes in this year with a hot hand after making the semifinals in Indianapolis two weeks ago preceded by a six-match losing streak.

"It wasn't fun," Querrey said of his skid. "But it definitely motivated me to work harder. It was almost a good thing it happened."

The 6-foot-9 Isner isn't very accustomed to defeat. After compiling a 32-0 record and leading the University of Georgia to this year's NCAA team title, the 22-year-old rode his 142-mph serve all the way to the finals in Washington, D.C. two weeks ago.

In just his second ATP Tour event, Isner won five straight three-set matches to climb to No. 193 in the world.

Said Isner: "After each match I won, I'm looking at my next opponent like, why can't I beat him?"

While at roughly the same point in their careers, the two Americans traveled very different roads to get there. Isner was a four-time All-American at Georgia, but Querrey took the more traditional route and turned pro at 18.

Isner's doubles partner this week, No. 78-ranked Amer Delic, is another young American who honed his game at the collegiate level. The 25-year-old - who plays No. 11-seed Ivan Ljubicic today - was the 2003 NCAA singles champ while playing at the University of Illinois.

"Physically, maybe I was ready, but mentally I wasn't," Delic said of waiting to go pro. "If professional tennis was just about hitting tennis balls, a lot more guys would skip college."

But Querrey said he doesn't regret his choice.

"At first it was a little difficult, but I think I made the right decision," Querrey said.

Both Isner and Querrey will be in action tonight on Center Court. Isner takes on 16th-seeded David Ferrer at 7 p.m., with Querrey to follow against Marc Gicquel of France.

"Nothing much is expected of me," Isner said of his chances this week. "I feel like I can only help myself."

08-13-2007, 03:57 PM
C'mon guy !! :rocker:

08-15-2007, 09:43 AM
Too bad John got Ferrer in Cincy. Ferrer is just too tough of an opponent and he was returning John's serves better as the match went on.

Hopefully, he'll get a WC into New Haven and a better draw.

Chaos Inc.
08-17-2007, 09:42 PM
Isner has Becker in the 1st round in New Haven.

If he gets past that match he has Ferrer again. Cincy fits

Ferrer's game a lot better than New Haven's hard courts. If he

gets past Becker, I am confident he will beat Ferrer in this go

around. Then it is take your chances time and see how the draw

opens up...

08-22-2007, 03:26 AM
Hopefully, He can done better than last meeting with Ferrer

Good luck to John

08-22-2007, 07:34 AM
John def.Becker 63 64

Come on John!

08-22-2007, 09:49 PM
7-6 2-6 Isner

Let's go

08-25-2007, 05:50 PM
Best of luck etc at the USOpen :yeah:

08-27-2007, 10:41 PM

Chaos Inc.
08-27-2007, 11:02 PM
It's official folks. Isner has made it. He is getting bashed to

hell and back for his "ugly" game on GM. Great job John and good

luck in the next round against De Vost.

ae wowww
08-28-2007, 06:43 AM
Well done John, I watched the second set TB and John played very impressively, hopefully he can go far here, his Grand Slam debut.

08-28-2007, 01:38 PM
It's official folks. Isner has made it. He is getting bashed to

hell and back for his "ugly" game on GM. Great job John and good

luck in the next round against De Vost.

GM is quite fickle, earlier this month they were fawning over him. :rolleyes:

Good win for Isner, I think he can make it to the third round.

08-28-2007, 07:05 PM
Saw a bit of it on Eurosport last night. Amazing John, he's got chutzpah!

08-29-2007, 11:30 AM
Watched a good 3/4 of the match against Nieminen live, and was impressed :yeah:

08-29-2007, 11:57 AM
Watched a good 3/4 of the match against Nieminen live, and was impressed :yeah:

Thanks Jess :D Hope you are having a good time at the USOpen:yeah:

08-29-2007, 01:05 PM
I hope John keeps his concentration for this match against de Voest. This is probably his first match on tour where he's expected to win the match and it's in the second round of a slam where John is due for a letdown. Hopefully John can serve big and get some breaks and finish in three sets.

08-29-2007, 04:51 PM
John is doing a blog on USO site
here's the link...But there's still only one entry

08-29-2007, 05:01 PM
I found this at and had been uploaded some months ago...

Isner playing NCAA Championship...

08-30-2007, 02:01 AM

08-30-2007, 02:30 AM

(and his mom is too cute!)

Chaos Inc.
08-30-2007, 04:30 AM
Good, workman like effort John.

Now go cap your outstanding summer by winning a set off of Federer

and making him sweat in the others...

08-30-2007, 10:33 AM
:worship: Great job, he's so impressive:D

08-30-2007, 02:28 PM
Isner guy :rocker2:

Now chance to match against Roger :cool: lets try best :smoke:

here two interview videos from USOpen official site :wavey: long enough to enjoy him esp the one from first day ;)

1st -->

2nd -->

08-31-2007, 02:00 PM
Dan Magill's telephone rang Wednesday morning. When he answered it the voice on the other end of the line said, "Hey, Coach, it's John."

Magill, the octogenarian majordomo of Georgia tennis, replied, "John who?" The question is sweeping through the U.S. Open grounds this week like a welcome breeze, but Magill ended up feeling sheepish for asking.

The caller was John Isner, who in the span of three months has gone from being a big man on campus at Athens, Georgia, to the biggest story of the Open's first week. Magill, recovering quickly, said, "Aren't you supposed to be playing now?"

Later in the day, Isner defeated Rik De Voest in a second-round match to set up a third-round meeting Saturday with the world No. 1, Roger Federer. But Isner made time to thank Magill for the congratulatory voice-mail message he left after Isner's first-round victory against No. 26 Jarkko Nieminen.

"That's the way he is," Magill said by telephone after recounting his conversation with Isner. "He's just as fine a boy as I've ever known."
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Isner's booming first serve turns people's heads, but his second serve is what Nieminen remarked on after their match.

Manuel Diaz, who coached Isner at Georgia and is at the Open this week to cheer him on, said: "Right now he's on Cloud 9. The way he's hitting his ground strokes, he's on a totally different level than he was a month ago. That's all confidence."

Isner was easy to overlook when he arrived at Georgia from Winston Salem, North Carolina, as a freshman.

"One of the first things I told him was, 'You need to be a serve and volleyer,' " Diaz said. "I expected him to question it or get frustrated. But that was one thing off the bat that set him apart. He bought into it right off the bat."

Toward the end of his sophomore year, Isner's game began to take shape. Between April 8, 2005, and March 11, 2007, he did not lose a completed dual match, stringing together 46 victories before losing in three sets on the road to Florida's No. 1 player, Jesse Levine, who lost in the first round here to Nikolay Davydenko.

People used to flock to Isner's college matches to behold his serve. Magill, who coached the Bulldogs for 34 years before retiring in 1995, said he had never seen one fiercer or more fluid. "He has a tremendous angle and perfect form," Magill said.

Magill said he sat in the stands during Bulldogs matches and shouted before each of Isner's service games, "Give 'em Big Bertha!" It was a reference to a German railway gun used in World War I, which, as Magill wryly pointed out, he is old enough to remember.

In late May, Isner, a four-time all-American who stands nearly 6-foot-10, or 2.08 meters, and weighs 235 pounds, or 107 kilograms, advanced to the singles final at the NCAA championships, where he lost in three sets to Somdev Devvarman of Virginia. "Seems like forever ago," Isner said. "I've done so much since then."

After leaving school 12 credits short of a degree to turn pro, Isner advanced to the final of his second ATP event, in Washington. He lost to Andy Roddick in the championship but gained a lot of confidence with victories along the way over the former top-five players Tim Henman and Tommy Haas.

Travis Helgeson, a college teammate and close friend of Isner's, has spoken to him this week. "Just talking to him, he feels like he can beat anyone right now," Helgeson said by phone.

Isner faces a tall order in beating Federer, who is aiming for his fourth U.S. Open title. "I'm going to have to attack, try to get to the net, make the points shorter," he said.

"If I go in that match not believing I'm going to win, just happy to be out there, you know, he's going to smell that blood and just attack," Isner said. "I'm not saying I'm going to win, but I'm going to believe."

Agassi Fan
08-31-2007, 02:28 PM
Good luck against Fed!

09-01-2007, 03:08 PM
Good luck today :angel:

09-01-2007, 03:36 PM
Federer ain't shit, c'mon John-John! :fiery:

09-01-2007, 03:51 PM
Federer ain't shit, c'mon John-John! :fiery:


Someone needs to yell that out during the match.

09-01-2007, 06:41 PM
Best of luck to you, Shut down Fed. Come on John

09-01-2007, 07:43 PM
Lets go John :bounce:

Chaos Inc.
09-01-2007, 09:19 PM
Solid job. Taking a set off of him and putting up a tough fight

in the rest. A bright future for Isner. Top twenty probably. Good

luck this fall, get that ranking into or near the top 100 in

the challengers.

09-02-2007, 11:40 AM
Not bad Isner :aplot: learn more :rocker2:

last interview video ;)

09-03-2007, 03:32 AM
nice run at open. who else thinks that his voice makes him sound kinda dorky?

09-03-2007, 02:02 PM
the official site provides another video for John, off-court spotlight with Taylor Dent, enjoy :wavey:

10-03-2007, 09:48 PM
Good article from ESPN. :)

I like John but I think the real test of his abilities will come in his sophmore year when the honeymoon's over and the inevitable expectations of performing well day in and day out starts to weigh heavier on his shoulders; the backlash/criticisms from fans and the press begins, the daily grind of practicing and touring starts to affect his mind and body, and the other players get an idea of what his game is about so there's no longer the element of surprise!-I'm-seven-feet-tall-and-can-serve-from-a-tree from him anymore.

Not many players do as well after their rookie year. He seems smart and well grounded so I hope he won't end up being one of those players who can't handle the pressure.
Despite unconventional path, Isner beginning to flourish
By Bonnie D. Ford
September 27, 2007

GOTHENBURG, Sweden -- John Isner went back to school after he lost to Roger Federer at the U.S. Open, but not because he's still a semester shy of his undergraduate degree.

Isner returned to Athens, Ga., where he starred for the University of Georgia, because it's the place where he's most comfortable in the world. He'd just been through some serious seismic activity, and he wanted a week to get back on solid ground, rest and relax and see a football game.

"It kind of sunk in then," Isner said of his breakout summer, in which he reached the final in Washington, D.C., against top American Andy Roddick and the third round of the Open against world No. 1 Federer within the space of a month. "I realized now that I'm playing so much better, I can compete with anyone in the world, and it's up to me to keep it up and see how far I can go."

The North Carolina native was talking during a quiet moment at the U.S. Davis Cup team's hotel in Gothenburg, Sweden, where he and Sam Querrey served as practice partners for the squad. The U.S. team defeated Sweden and earned a chance to play a home final for the first time in 15 years. Isner said he enjoyed the trip despite being ravaged early on by a stomach flu that carved 12 pounds off his 6-foot-9, 236-pound frame within a couple of days.

There's a chance his immune system is going to take a beating as he sets out on the nomadic ATP circuit -- Isner didn't play much junior tennis or travel outside the United States to compete. Instead, he stayed home and played tennis three or four times a week and led a normal teenaged existence. Neither that nor his ostensibly unconventional path through four years of college seems to be hurting him now.

"There's a lesson to be learned here for parents and coaches," said U.S. Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe, who was so impressed with Isner's performance in Washington that he invited him to Sweden on live television after the final.

"There are a lot of guys out there who probably should have gone to college, who are struggling," McEnroe said. "A big part of making it in professional tennis is how you deal with the emotional ups and downs, and there are a lot of downs, because you lose a lot."

The weekend Isner was back in Athens, his beloved Bulldogs fell to South Carolina. One of the charming -- and rather remarkable -- things about the towering 22-year-old is that the football team's loss bothered him far more than anything that has befallen him on the tennis court so far.

"I'm a huge sports fan, and when one of my teams loses, I'll go into my cave, my little shell, for a whole day," Isner said, stretching his long legs out in the players' dining area. "I've been known to break my phone a couple times. I get so nervous."

Yet in a match, what you see with Isner is what you get -- a seemingly unflappable competitor who is confident without being arrogant. He attributes his composure to playing four years at Georgia, where the pressure to perform in a team setting made playing solo a breeze by comparison.

"Now that I'm playing just for me, I didn't feel that much pressure at all," he said. "The only person I'm going to disappoint is myself. I'm not going to let anyone else down.

"I don't get flustered. I rarely get mad. This summer, every guy I played was ranked ahead of me and every match was a huge opportunity. I couldn't afford to get down on myself."

That was true even when Isner faced Federer, and won the first set in a tiebreak in a packed Arthur Ashe Stadium. Federer won the match in four sets, but Isner won morale points. "I went out there thinking I was going to win the match," he said. "He kind of figured me out and beat me down those last three sets, but there wasn't a single point of the match where I doubted myself."

Isner can't go anywhere without being picked out of a crowd. Tennis people know who he is, but most strangers assume, understandably, that he plays basketball, which he hasn't played since ninth grade.

Still, hoops has something to do with where Isner is now, according to Georgia coach Manny Diaz. Isner was nearly as tall as he is now when he played basketball, but 40 pounds lighter, and got knocked around a lot in the post.

"He was a kid who really wasn't intimidated by tough situations, very secure in who he was," Diaz said. "But the special thing about John is that he was never really one to put his self-worth on the line in a tennis match.

"A lot of kids get so tight in big matches, and see themselves relative to what they do on the court that day. John is one of the best competitors I've ever seen, in large part because he doesn't get caught up in 'What if I fail?' in big situations."

Isner knows that if he's successful on the ATP level, the dynamic will change and he'll be a marked man instead of the lovable underdog. He's currently ranked No. 144 and is playing in a Challenger event in Tulsa, Okla., this week. Isner plans to play other lower-level events in the U.S. this fall to try to boost his position enough to get into the Australian Open main draw.

Diaz predicted Isner's transition will be smooth. Isner rented an apartment in Tampa, Fla., the week after the NCAA championships and already has a circle of friends and mentors, thanks to his friendship with Bo Hodge, the ex-Georgia All-American who was one of Roddick's high school pals and now works with Mardy Fish.

James Blake also has taken Isner under his wing, although he wasn't crazy about the fact that Isner won a few hands of poker in Sweden.

"He fit right in with the guys, and there's this sense he feels like he belongs, in a good way," McEnroe said. "The stronger he gets, and put a little weight on him, I think he's going to be real dangerous."

Chaos Inc.
10-07-2007, 08:34 PM
Odd. Isner correctly has stated several times about the need to

break into the top one hundred by the end of the year. By doing so

he gets direct entry into the Australian Open. If he does not, it

will be a tough choice for the USTA, choosing between Isner and

Young for the wildcard that they receive in the agreement between

the two federations. In fact, considering all the factors involved

in the decision(on and off the court)at this point, I think that

Young would be the choice to receive direct entry. Yet, Isner is

playing the challenger in Calabasas next week and not in

the challenger this week in Sacramento? With time growing short in

the 2007 season?

Seems like very poor scheduling on his part......

10-08-2007, 02:31 AM
It's because he agreed to do two charity events this week - on Oct 9 and 10.

Fee told me he's playing Calabasas next week so I am hoping to be able to go out there to see him play.

I think he would get the nod for the WC over Young, because realistically, he is more likely to win a few matches. But we'll see. maybe he can get himself into the top 100 by having a great fall and it won't matter :)

Voo de Mar
10-08-2007, 09:47 AM
What about his plans the week after Calabasas? Will he arrive to Europe to play the latest indoor tournaments?

10-08-2007, 03:25 PM
Unfortunately because we got cut off with the entry lists, it's hard to say :( He might go to Korea after Calabasas, there is a big 125K challenger there...

10-18-2007, 04:46 AM
Round of 16
Q Luka Gregorc 66 4

5 John Isner 7 6

Good win for John

Keep going JOhn...

Chaos Inc.
11-04-2007, 11:43 PM
Isner has been doing a solid job this fall. He has made it to two

semifinals, losing a third set tiebreak to the eventual champion

in each tournament.

Good luck this week John.

12-30-2007, 03:53 AM
I thought I would post a few pictures of John from Cincinnati this year since there aren't many photos in the thread ... yet. ;) They are from when he practiced with Amer Delic. Wish they were better but oh well!

01-03-2008, 05:24 AM
You let someone other than me take your pictures for you Fitz? I'm so hurt... ;) :lol:

01-04-2008, 03:10 AM
You let someone other than me take your pictures for you Fitz? I'm so hurt... ;) :lol:

You did take that one!! :lol: Don't you remember? Amer and John were still practicing after I had my meeting with Andy M. and I bumped into you for like the 3rd time that day! :D

01-04-2008, 03:51 AM
No, I don't remember. How did I take a picture of you and Isner, and not get one of me and Isner? Are you SURE I took that one? I know I took some of the others, but I think I was gone before Isner showed up. Wasnt I? (Oh no, they say the memory is the first thing to go... aaaaaaarrrrrrggghhhh, old age!)

01-04-2008, 07:22 AM
No, I don't remember. How did I take a picture of you and Isner, and not get one of me and Isner? Are you SURE I took that one? I know I took some of the others, but I think I was gone before Isner showed up. Wasnt I? (Oh no, they say the memory is the first thing to go... aaaaaaarrrrrrggghhhh, old age!)

Yup, I'm sure. You told me to go up to him when there was an opening and took it and then Amer came out. You should have asked me to take it for you! :sad: I do remember taking a picture of you with someone ... it was either with Eric or Jamie but I can't remember either and I'm young! :lol:

01-04-2008, 07:57 AM
I think you took both of those photos, Jamie and Eric. Damn tournaments, it all runs together if you are there for more than one day. :lol:

01-05-2008, 07:15 AM
How nice is this guy :eek: He has the sweetest face :awww:

I had the problem of sitting in front of Bruno and other Frenchies during this match :tape: Bruno was quite funny. I didn't recognise him at first, so I looked at his tag and came out with the 'Oh you look different with less hair' line. Nicely done Kristen. Mum had been won over because he thanked her for wiping off the water from his seat :lol:

But after about the third rain interruption, Clement took 5-10 minutes to get to the court. Poor Isner just standing there, looking sad like he wanted someone to play with [to go home, really. long day. His expression reminded me of Popp, like I would cry if he didn't win]. The umpire said to us Clement wasn't far off being defaulted if he didn't show up. A huge part of me wanted him to be a no-show. But now I can more easily cheer for John tomorrow I suppose :p

*Note the colour of the sky in these photos*

01-05-2008, 07:16 AM
Also, John EYES-ner, or IZZ-ner? Thanks!

01-05-2008, 07:33 AM
Wow, fantastic photos Kristen! I want him to win just so he can get a couple matches under his belt before Australia. I pronounce it "IZZ-ner" but I am by no means a phonics guru :lol:

01-05-2008, 08:18 AM
Mum had been won over because he thanked her for wiping off the water from his seat :lol:
Isner's coach had the pleasure of watching me sit in a puddle and scream out "ahh, fvck!" I'm so classy. I don't even know why they let me into Olympic Park.

01-05-2008, 08:29 AM
Isner's coach had the pleasure of watching me sit in a puddle and scream out "ahh, fvck!" I'm so classy. I don't even know why they let me into Olympic Park.
Is that why he moved? [If he was the guy in grey, and it may have been later on hehe] Are you going again tomorrow?

EDIT: Maybe since security type people are on the door tomorrow, maybe you won't be there :lol: ;)

01-05-2008, 08:50 AM
Is that why he moved? [If he was the guy in grey, and it may have been later on hehe] Are you going again tomorrow?

EDIT: Maybe since security type people are on the door tomorrow, maybe you won't be there :lol: ;)
Ha, he must have moved after I left. Yeah, the guy in the grey tshirt/red shorts was his coach/friend/supporter/someone because James Blake came and sat with us for a while. Notice how I said "us" as a way of making myself feel important when I'm really not... :o

Hmmm... tomorrow... it was on the cards but now it depends on whether the rain gods are feeling kind or not. I only lasted an hour today. I left a frizzy/sweaty/wet mess. What about you?

re: security. do they check for water bottles being brought in?

re: toilets. walked into the mens today. haha good thing it was a quiet day.

01-05-2008, 04:40 PM
Thanks Kristen!!!

I always thought it was Eyes-ner, but all the American players and commentators call him Izzzzzzzner, so I guess that's the correct way. :)

01-06-2008, 03:13 AM
Won today in Q2 over Pashanski 6/3 7/6(2) , up next is Minar for a spot in MD I believe, a very winnable match.

01-06-2008, 04:27 AM
nice, hope he can keep it up!

Voo de Mar
01-06-2008, 05:30 AM
Isner - the first tournament outside US :yeah:

01-06-2008, 07:25 AM
I hope John will beat Minor and than win everybody in main draw! :rolls:

01-07-2008, 12:54 AM
He lost to Minar in 2 tight sets :awww:

01-07-2008, 06:21 AM
what a hell for USA players?
Blake, Fish, Isner, Levine, Isner lost...:eek: :sad:

01-08-2008, 09:05 AM
Mum got a photo with him today so I asked him about his name. izz-ner it is:yeah:

01-08-2008, 10:47 AM
Hey guys. I have more photos but I'm so tired. I'd upload them by the end of the week, after I finish volunteering at the tournament :p

01-08-2008, 03:27 PM
Mum got a photo with him today so I asked him about his name. izz-ner it is:yeah::yeah: Thanks!

Hey guys. I have more photos but I'm so tired. I'd upload them by the end of the week, after I finish volunteering at the tournament :pThanks to you too! Have fun volunteering! He looks a little pregnant in that pic! :rolls:

01-11-2008, 11:47 AM

Isner warmnig up today with Karlovic and Querrey and some others.

01-25-2008, 02:28 AM
I had my film developed and thought I'd put up this poorly scanned photo of Mum and John in Sydney. :lol: Where was she in my Alex Popp fangirlling days. He could have had another fan! :shrug: :wavey:

01-25-2008, 02:40 AM
Thanks Kristen! Cute picture :D

02-01-2008, 06:32 PM
still no shirtless pics :(

02-09-2008, 11:26 AM
Could someone enlighten me as to why people are voting for Isner in the disliked thread on GM? All I can think of is:
a) He beat my player. He's a jerk!
b) Oh...he's tall so he must have nothing but a serve.
c) He's boring.

Now keep in mind that I dunno if any of that is even slightly true. I've seen about one and a half matches of his, ever. From what I saw he seemed nice and placid. You know, a bit shy but ok to talk to. On court...well, on court he played Clement so Isners behaviour would not have been the behaviour I'd have looked out for. Just wondering, that's all.

02-09-2008, 02:29 PM
d) He's American.

add b, c, and d, together and i think you've pretty much got your answer :o

02-10-2008, 09:07 PM
Apparently he's got a pretty serious injury :( left foot stress fracture :( Hope he recovers quickly!

Chaos Inc.
02-10-2008, 10:19 PM
According to the University of Georgia website, he is only

expected to miss a couple of weeks. Hopefully the prognosis

is correct............

02-10-2008, 10:33 PM
Thanks for the info! Yes, hopefully it's right.

02-10-2008, 11:53 PM
Well that takes him out of San Jose...

02-11-2008, 03:28 AM
d) He's American.
How did I forget to include that one. The media always tells me I won't like Americans...but then I meet them and they are perfectly fine. Yay for boring, gigantic American players! [Jim and John]

02-11-2008, 04:00 AM
How did I forget to include that one. The media always tells me I won't like Americans...but then I meet them and they are perfectly fine. Yay for boring, gigantic American players! [Jim and John]Yeah. Damn them. And their college educations. What idiots.

02-13-2008, 02:24 AM
According to the University of Georgia website, he is only expected to miss a couple of weeks. Hopefully the prognosis is correct............

Do you have a link for that?

02-19-2008, 11:04 AM
San Jose, rd 1:
J Isner (USA) d F Serra (FRA) 76(5) 64

02-19-2008, 02:12 PM
good win, really late at night, guess his injury is healed. Good news :yeah:

02-19-2008, 05:56 PM

02-21-2008, 07:53 PM
If gambill and Dent have boards. why cant Delic and Isner have their own board!?

02-22-2008, 12:18 AM
We've asked for a Delic board and we were denied, we are going to ask again and we'll ask for an Isner board too :)

02-22-2008, 01:41 AM
Great win for John over Haas - he saved 3 MPs in the 2nd set TB :)

02-22-2008, 02:06 AM
Wow John is a gamer...I love this guy :worship:

02-22-2008, 04:35 PM
my blog (,_Guess_Who's_Back!) about Isner (following Haas match)


02-22-2008, 04:42 PM
Good win. :yeah: :D

02-23-2008, 02:54 AM

02-23-2008, 03:13 AM
but John lost an absolute heart-breaker tonight to GGL...... he had 4mps and saved several of his own before going down 11-13 in the third set TB :sad:

02-23-2008, 05:37 PM
and he even hasn't lost a game...:sad:

03-03-2008, 04:23 AM
John went to some NASCAR thing in Vegas today .... looks uh fun :lol:

03-03-2008, 07:57 AM
His legs are almost as long as the height of those stacked tyres :lol:

03-04-2008, 09:02 PM
yeah :lol:

good 3-set win for John against Falla in the first round :yeah:

Voo de Mar
03-04-2008, 09:07 PM
Isner lost a game after wasting MP again, but this time he had own serve in reserve :D Third time lucky, it could have been a nightmare to lose 3 matches in a row having match point.

03-04-2008, 09:16 PM
no kidding :sobbing:

03-07-2008, 12:29 PM
what the next for him ?

03-07-2008, 01:46 PM
Indian Wells, he was given a wild card :)

03-09-2008, 12:50 PM
Good luck in IW!

03-09-2008, 02:40 PM

Chaos Inc.
03-15-2008, 12:22 AM
Good job Isner.

Davydenko next. Querrey had him beat at Indian Wells and choked.

This is a match you can win if you play well. Good luck.

03-15-2008, 06:08 PM
good job Isner!

Come on beautiful

03-16-2008, 04:50 PM
We've asked for a Delic board and we were denied, we are going to ask again and we'll ask for an Isner board too :)

Well Gambill has retired or whatever..In other words there is nothing new about him...So why were we denied? They can even share a board!?

04-17-2008, 09:16 PM
This story is pretty funny. :haha: There's a video too.

I got served: Facing John Isner and a 140-mph tennis ball

My reproductive organs remain intact. Mostly by accident. ... At 6-foot-9, John Isner presents an imposing figure. Oh, and he serves really hard. ...

05-15-2008, 09:37 AM
Does anyone know what he's been doing lately?

Chaos Inc.
05-16-2008, 06:03 PM
Does anyone know what he's been doing lately?

Three weeks ago he played in the Bermuda challenger. Won a match, then lost to Spadea.

Last week he played at the Tunica Resorts challenger. Won two matches and lost to Carsten Ball in the quarterfinals.

Taking this week off, then playing next week in Poertschach, followed by the French Open.

05-16-2008, 11:25 PM
I wish him the best of luck at the Roland Garros. :)

05-17-2008, 07:09 AM
Three weeks ago he played in the Bermuda challenger. Won a match, then lost to Spadea.

Last week he played at the Tunica Resorts challenger. Won two matches and lost to Carsten Ball in the quarterfinals.

Taking this week off, then playing next week in Poertschach, followed by the French Open.

Thanks ;)
I tried to check his website, but that looks a bit dead to me :(

05-18-2008, 05:59 PM
[1] DAVYDENKO, Nikolay RUS vs (wc) EITZINGER, Rainer AUT
ZVEREV, Mischa GER vs SELA, Dudi ISR
GULBIS, Ernests LAT vs [6] SEPPI, Andreas ITA

[4] FISH, Mardy USA vs KUNITSYN, Igor RUS
YOUNG, Donald USA vs MELZER, Jurgen AUT
ROITMAN, Sergio ARG vs [8] HAASE, Robin NED

[5] QUERREY, Sam USA vs (wc) MARACH, Oliver AUT

[7] ANCIC, Mario CRO vs GINEPRI, Robby USA
(wc) VERKERK, Martin NED vs VANEK, Jiri CZE
BERLOCQ, Carlos ARG vs [2] MONACO, Juan ARG

05-21-2008, 08:11 PM
Is he playing RG??? does he get a wild card or does he play qualieS?

05-21-2008, 08:30 PM
He was #81 in the world at the time the entry list closed so he got into the draw directly with no problem

Chaos Inc.
06-10-2008, 04:41 PM
Isner defeated Kevin Anderson 7-6(5) 6-4.

Very good win for John. Anderson has the kind of game that fits this surface well. He was coming off a challenger final in Surbiton, which was played on grass.

Lopez or Mahut next.

06-11-2008, 06:40 AM
might have a few of the hard earned on this match.

07-18-2008, 10:50 AM
Indianapolis Tennis Championships - Match against Tommy Haas ( ( ( ( ( ( ( (

Voo de Mar
07-18-2008, 10:52 AM
^ lol @ some pics on which he plays left hand (this is Jesse Levine :secret:)

07-18-2008, 09:15 PM
:lol: that's funny, they're wearing nearly the same outfit but yes the lefty pics are definitely Levine :lol:

07-27-2008, 08:13 PM
Next tournament:

Western & Southern Financial Group Masters
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
Date: July 27- August 3.
Price Money: US $2,615,000 (US $2,365,000)
Surface: Hard

First Round Singles:

[WC] John Isner (USA) def. [Q] Andrea Stoppini (ITA) 7-6(2)/6-3


First Round Dobles:

[WC] Mardy Fish (USA) / John Isner (USA) def. Arnaud Clement (FRA) / Michael Llondra (FRA) 6-4/7-6(2)

07-29-2008, 04:15 PM
Seems that Kelly Jones is coaching John now. I think that's a great sign and could turn out well.

07-30-2008, 10:48 PM
Cincinnati R2 - Igor Andreev def. John Isner 3-6 7-6 7-5



07-31-2008, 04:47 AM
thanks *Andrew* :hug:

07-31-2008, 04:49 AM
Second Round Dobles:

[WC] Mardy Fish (USA) / John Isner (USA) def. [5] Jonas Bjorkman (SWE) / Kevin Ullyet (ZIM) 7-6(4)/7-6(14)

Quarterfinals Round Dobles:

[4] M Bhupathi (IND) / M Knowles (BAH) def. [WC] Mardy Fish (USA) / John Isner (USA) 7-5/6-7(5)/12-10

07-31-2008, 05:25 AM
I found thise pictures ;)

08-05-2008, 04:57 AM
Next tournament:

Countrywide Classic
Location: Los Angeles, California, USA.
Date: August 4–10, 2008.
Price Money: US $475,000 ($450,000)
Surface: Hard

First Round Singles:

John Isner (USA) vs [5] Marat Safin (RUS)

First Round Dobles:

James Cerretani (USA) / John Isner (USA) def. Sebastien Grosjean (FRA) / Florent Serra (FRA) 6-2/6-4

08-05-2008, 05:11 AM
Second Round Dobles:

James Cerretani (USA) / John Isner (USA) vs Igor Kunitsyn (RUS) / Marat Safin (RUS)

08-05-2008, 05:41 AM
Pictures of today:

Chaos Inc.
08-06-2008, 01:43 AM
Safin beat Isner 6-3 6-4 in the 1st round at L.A.

Have to say it has surprised me an considerable amount that Isner has made no progress this year. In fact, it appears he has regressed somewhat. I never expected him to be a top ten player or major champion. Top 40 or 50 however, yes.

Quite a disappointing season on his part.

08-06-2008, 03:37 AM
He couldn't stay with Marat from the baseline :shrug:

08-06-2008, 04:36 AM
more pictures, this are from the match against safin

08-13-2008, 07:35 AM

08-13-2008, 07:38 AM
And no one mentioned his win in DC! His SIXTH win there in a third set tiebreak. Unbelievable.

08-14-2008, 12:59 AM
Pics from LA =) ( (

08-15-2008, 09:10 PM
He lost today vs Del potro 6-4/6-4 in washington

08-15-2008, 10:46 PM
Washington QF - Juan Martin Del Potro def. John Isner 6-4 6-4



08-15-2008, 11:14 PM

08-22-2008, 03:16 PM
Hello fellow John fans! I have pictures from john's first match in DC last week. I'm uploading pics of his 2nd round match right now, but who knows how long that'll take. For now, enjoy

08-22-2008, 07:21 PM
Hello fellow John fans! I have pictures from john's first match in DC last week. I'm uploading pics of his 2nd round match right now, but who knows how long that'll take. For now, enjoy

thanks :hug:

08-31-2008, 05:01 PM
last week, John played in the Us Open, where he lost in the first round against Andreas Beck, of Germany. The result was: 6-7(5)/4-6/6-7(3).
He played doubles too, he and Sam Querrey lost at the first round against Calleri (ARG) / Gonzalez (CHI) for 4-6/5-7.

09-13-2008, 10:30 PM
It just struck me that exactly one year ago, after only two months on the Pro tour, Isner was ranked 144th -- exactly the same he is now. :eek:

A very disappointing year for him.

09-15-2008, 04:41 AM
Next tournament:

Location: Waco, Texas, USA.
Date: September 15 - 21.
Price Money: $50K
Surface: Outdoor Hard

First Round Singles:

[WC] Greg Ouellette (USA) vs [4][WC]John Isner (USA)


First Round Dobles:

[1] Fisher (AUS) / Huss (AUS) vs Helgeson (USA) / Isner (USA)

09-29-2008, 08:20 AM
John finally won a challenger this year. :worship:
His great way in Lubbock challenger:
R1: def. Lester Cook 6-7 6-4 7-6
R2: def. Krajinovic 6-2 6-4
QF: def. Bogomolov 7-6 4-6 7-6
SF: def. Giovanni Lapentti 7-6 6-4
F: def. Frank Dancevic 7-6 4-6 6-2
Good job Johny and great effort on all tie-breaks. Hope it will buit him some confidence :)

09-29-2008, 03:31 PM
Some excellent wins in there. I think it's good he went to the challengers instead of trying to get into ATP events, he needs some confidence, so yes, hopefully this win will be good for him to have a good ending to the year so he can start out well next season :)

Voo de Mar
09-29-2008, 07:06 PM
I hope this title is very good for his self-confidence :) I'd like to watch him doing better on ATP next season.

12-21-2008, 07:17 AM
Johny won usta australian open playoff!!!
Def. Levine 6-3 7-5 in the final. :worship:
Finally some good news :)

Chaos Inc.
12-22-2008, 11:44 PM
Good work by Isner.

Hopefully better times await him in 2009.

01-12-2009, 02:50 AM
congratulation john........
keep going .......

01-13-2009, 04:30 PM
John in Auckland:
QR1: def Lammer 7-6 6-7 6-3
QR2: def Navarro 6-7 6-4 7-5
QR3: def Bellucci 6-3 5-7 7-6
R1: def Montanes: 7-6 7-5
R2: vs. Ginepri

Voo de Mar
01-14-2009, 12:28 AM
Johny won usta australian open playoff!!!
Def. Levine 6-3 7-5 in the final. :worship:
Finally some good news :)

Could you give me a link with full results from that tournament?

01-14-2009, 04:50 AM
John in Auckland:
QR1: def Lammer 7-6 6-7 6-3
QR2: def Navarro 6-7 6-4 7-5
QR3: def Bellucci 6-3 5-7 7-6
R1: def Montanes: 7-6 7-5
R2: vs. GinepriBeat Ginepri 7-6 in the third for a tough win. Great tourney for him leading into the AO.

01-14-2009, 07:27 AM
Could you give me a link with full results from that tournament?
There were just 4 players fighting for wc, some results are here:

01-19-2009, 06:41 PM
First round AO

03-16-2009, 12:28 AM
Isner just got a great win over Monfils in Indian Wells, hopefully this signals his return to the top 100

03-16-2009, 06:27 AM
good one Johnny:D

03-16-2009, 08:36 PM
Isner def. Monfils 67(5) 61 64

10K Futures Qualifier
03-17-2009, 02:36 AM
Isner def. Monfils 67(5) 61 64

Already stated ;)

03-18-2009, 12:26 AM
6-4 6-4 over Safin, excellent win:yeah:

03-18-2009, 12:32 AM

Take out Del Potro too.

03-20-2009, 11:31 PM
He did not but he played so well this week :yeah: Good for him. Hope he can keep it up!

03-21-2009, 04:51 AM
What will this do for his rank?

03-25-2009, 03:35 AM
John passed the qualy at Miami :worship:
his first match of the MD will be against Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR)
they didn't have any Head to Head previously

Good luck John :worship:

03-26-2009, 08:52 PM
Isner won 6-4/6-4

03-27-2009, 03:48 AM
niiiice picks :drool:

03-29-2009, 05:52 AM
Here is an avatar of John in Miami :)

10K Futures Qualifier
03-29-2009, 05:03 PM

03-31-2009, 05:01 AM
his following step was against david ferrer, but he couldn't overcome the match, which lost 63 36 62. and i found more pictures, so here they are.

10K Futures Qualifier
03-31-2009, 12:08 PM
WC to Houston MD.

03-31-2009, 04:12 PM
WC to Houston MD.


Junkyard Racket
04-08-2009, 11:49 PM
Nice win today over Capdeville. Izzy's 2009 win-loss record is now up to a solid 9-5. :yeah:

04-20-2009, 11:00 AM
John plays this week Tallahassee Tennis Challenger.
Scoville JENKINS and John ISNER (7). Good luck!!! :bigclap:

04-20-2009, 11:48 AM
Vote for John`s subforum here

04-22-2009, 05:28 AM
the match are at 43 winning isner and suspended...

04-23-2009, 03:18 AM
Def. Jenkins 6-4 6-1
Def. Rehnquist 6-1 7-6
QF - vs Amritraj
Go John :rocker2:

04-23-2009, 03:37 AM
John schedule:
Week 17 ??
Week 18 Savannah, Georgia CH
Week 19 Sarasota, Florida CH

04-24-2009, 04:25 AM
John won 6-7 6-3 6-4. Udomchoke next!

04-25-2009, 03:37 AM
1-6 6-4 6-2 :banana:
Final VS Don Young!!! John, destroy him ;)

04-25-2009, 03:37 AM
good win against udomchoke, coming back after a 1-6 first set to win in 3, final against young

04-25-2009, 03:38 AM
Deboogle, we posted it at the say moment :lol:

04-25-2009, 05:19 AM
Great minds think alike ;) :yeah:

Chaos Inc.
04-25-2009, 07:32 PM
Nice job. Heading in the right direction the last few months, hopefully it will continue...

04-26-2009, 01:52 AM
I'm glad John won :)

Does anyone have pictures?