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At the beginning of February no one with a rational view of current form on the international tennis circuit would have dared to suggest that John Isner would have been able to pull off three consecutive Davis Cup victories on European clay.
Unless your name was Jim Courier or Andre Agassi, Americans didn't do that sort of thing. Red clay, slower than the grey Har-Tru found in the US, has been used so often to bury American dreams in Europe and South America that people have stopped counting.
Yet Isner has just taken the US team through to this year's semifinals - where they will play Spain, probably on clay in another away tie, in September - with three most remarkable victories. It began with his upset of Roger Federer, no less, in Switzerland in February, and has been followed this past weekend with two more triumphs against France at the Monte Carlo Country Club - first against the smooth hitting Gilles Simon and then, in a rubber that clinched the tie, against the pow...
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HOUSTON For John Isner it has been a career of getting ahead of himself, and then getting back behind himself again.
He came out hot from the University of Georgia in 2007 and surprised even himself a little with a start to his career that sent him shooting up the tennis rankings. He beat five top-300 players right away, then beat four top-100 players right after that. He was ranked...
John Isner is starting to live up to expectations.
Isner has soared to the No. 10 world ranking this year with victories over three of the top players in the world. He arrived at River Oaks Country Club on Tuesday to begin preparations for the U.S. men's clay court championship.
''I'd like to think I'm a nightmare to play,'' Isner said. ''I kind...
Triad native John Isner, winner of the inaugural Winston-Salem Open, and Andy Roddick, a former world No. 1 player, have signed to compete in the second Winston-Salem Open at Wake Forest University. The tournament will be held August 18-25, 2012, at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex adjacent to BB&T Field.
Tickets to the Winston-Salem Open go on sale to the public May 15 and...
By Guillaume Willecoq
“Before, it was Andy Roddick the biggest closer of the US team, maybe I can do as well.” For the first time, John Isner clinched a Davis Cup for the US team, after an amazing match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. “I was pissed off to have to admire the way he was playing” said Guy Forget, fair play. The US boy from Greensboro, NC ended Guy Forget’s run...