Originally written on Tennis Grand Stand  |  Last updated 10/8/14

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JANUARY 16: John Isner of USA plays a forehand during his final match against Arnaud Clement of France on day six of the Heineken Open at the ASB Tennis Centre on January 16, 2010 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)
By Yeshayahu Ginsburg A few months ago, we looked at John Isner and his apparent distance away from the red clay. We went through his good match history on clay and how, when he played up to his potential, he could challenge just about anyone in the world. It was also puzzling, though, why Isner wouldn’t take opportunities to play more on clay and further that aspect of his game. Well, it looks like Isner has finally decided to go for it. He played in Houston, the only clay court tournament in the United States. This isn’t really surprising, though. Many Americans come to this tournament as a matter both of pride and collecting a bit of money. Also, it is a good introduction to the clay season and often has a relatively weak field, allowing decent players to get more match play on the dirt (when Andy Roddick has won a clay tournament three times, you know the fields can’t be that strong). Isner started off this year in a bit of a slump, to put things mildly. He reached a few semifin...
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