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John Isner
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Isner at the 2016 US Open
Country  United States
Residence Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Born April 26, 1985 (1985-04-26) (age 34)
Greensboro, North Carolina, U.S.
Height 2.10 m (6 ft 10+12 in)
College University of Georgia
Turned pro 2007
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money US$15,725,207
Official website www.johnisner.com
Singles
Career record won=385 lost=235
Career titles 14
Highest ranking No. 8 (16 July 2018)
Current ranking No. 9 (23 July 2018)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 4R (2010, 2016)
French Open 4R (2014, 2016, 2018)
Wimbledon SF (2018)
US Open QF (2011)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games QF (2012)
Doubles
Career record 107–94 (53.23%)
Career titles 5
Highest ranking No. 26 (2 April 2012)
Current ranking No. 56 (13 August 2018)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open QF (2009)
French Open 3R (2008)
US Open 2R (2009)
Team Competitions
Davis Cup SF (2012)
Hopman Cup W (2011)

John Robert Isner (born April 26, 1985) is an American professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 8 in men's singles by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). Considered one of the best servers of the ATP World Tour, Isner achieved his career-high singles ranking of world No. 8 in July 2018 by virtue of his maiden Masters 1000 crown at the 2018 Miami Open and a semifinals appearance at Wimbledon 2018. He currently has the 3rd-most aces in the history of ATP, having served 10,617 aces. At the 2010 Wimbledon Championships, he played the longest professional tennis match in history, defeating Nicolas Mahut in a total of 11 hours and 5 minutes of play over the course of three days.

Early career

John Isner 2007 US Open
John Isner at the 2007 US Open

Isner began his professional career in the summer of 2007. With a world ranking of no. 839. He won his first tournament of the summer, the USA F14 Futures, beating the top three seeds along the way. Then, after first-round losses in a Challenger-level and an ATP-level tournament, he beat five top-300 players and three seeds to win the Lexington Challenger in July and improve his ranking to no. 416 after just one month.

At the following week's tournament at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington, D.C., a late withdrawal freed up a wildcard spot, which was given to Isner at the last minute. Isner took full advantage of his good fortune, recording his first wins over top-100 players. He won third-set tiebreakers on five consecutive days to reach the final, where he fell to fellow American Andy Roddick. His week raised his ranking to no. 193 in the world after six weeks on the pro tour.

In his US Open début, he defeated the 26th-seeded player, former quarterfinalist Jarkko Nieminen, firing 34 aces along the way. He proceeded to win his second-round match against Rik de Voest, before losing in the third round to top seed and eventual champion Roger Federer. Isner was one of only two players to take a set from Federer in the championship. His US Open performance improved his ranking to no. 144.

After the US Open, Isner continued to play exclusively in North America and finished the year ranked no. 107. That year, Isner was added to the United States Davis Cup team as a practice partner.

Personal life

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John Isner 2012

Isner started playing tennis seriously at age 11. He played competitively for Pinetop Sport Club in Greensboro, North Carolina, throughout his childhood. He is a graduate of Walter Hines Page Senior High School, in Greensboro, and the University of Georgia, where he majored in speech communication. He resided in Tampa, Florida, where he trained at the Saddlebrook Academy alongside other American tennis pros such as James Blake and Mardy Fish. Currently, he resides in Dallas, Texas.

Isner is a supporter of the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League, the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League, and the Fremantle Football Club of the Australian Football League.

Isner's politics have led to controversy in the past. In 2016, he criticized American football player Colin Kaepernick's protests during the national anthem as "pathetic".

Isner married Madison McKinley, a jewelry designer, on December 4, 2017, in South Carolina. They are expecting their first child, a girl, in 2018.

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