Isner at the 2015 Aegon Championships in London, England.
|Country (sports)||United States|
|Residence||Tampa, Florida, U.S.|
April 26, 1985 |
Greensboro, North Carolina, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|College||University of Georgia|
|Coach(es)||Craig Boynton (2007–2012)
Mike Sell (2012–2014)
Justin Gimelstob (2014–2016)
|Prize money||US$ 10,744,714|
|Career record||322–199 (61.8% in Grand Slam and ATP World Tour main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)|
|Highest ranking||No. 9 (April 16, 2012)|
|Current ranking||No. 19 (January 16, 2017)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||4R (2010, 2016)|
|French Open||4R (2014, 2016)|
|Wimbledon||3R (2014, 2015, 2016)|
|US Open||QF (2011)|
|Olympic Games||QF (2012)|
|Highest ranking||No. 26 (April 2, 2012)|
|Current ranking||No. 60 (January 16, 2017)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||QF (2009)|
|French Open||3R (2008)|
|US Open||2R (2009)|
|Davis Cup||SF (2012)|
|Hopman Cup||W (2011)|
|Last updated on: January 16, 2017.|
John Robert Isner (born April 26, 1985) is an American professional tennis player. Considered one of the best servers of the ATP World Tour, Isner achieved his career-high singles ranking of world No. 9 in April 2012. In 2013, he became the 18th player to serve more than 5,000 aces on the ATP World Tour. He currently has 10th-most aces in the history of ATP, having served more than 7,300 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. He also played the then 10th-longest singles match, a 5-hour 41-minute encounter in the second round of the 2012 French Open.
- 1 Professional career
- 1.1 2007
- 1.2 2008
- 1.3 2009: Reaching the Top 40
- 1.4 2010: First ATP title, longest match in history
- 1.5 2011: Second and third ATP titles
- 1.6 2012: Reaching the Top 10 and first Masters final
- 1.7 2013: Sixth, seventh ATP titles and second Masters final
- 1.8 2014: Eighth and ninth ATP titles
- 1.9 2015: Tenth ATP title and new highest year-end finish
- 1.10 2016: Third Masters final and seventh consecutive top-20 finish
- 2 Longest match in history
- 3 Playing style and equipment
- 4 Coaches
- 5 Personal life
- 6 Records
- 7 Significant finals
- 8 ATP career finals
- 9 Performance timelines
- 10 Record against other players
- 11 References
- 12 External links
Isner began his professional career in earnest in the summer of 2007. With a world ranking of no. 839, he needed wildcard entries into the main draws of every tournament, even at the Futures level.
He won his first tournament of the fall, 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, beating no. 73 Tim Henman, no. 47 Benjamin Becker, no. 189 qualifier Wayne Odesnik, no. 12 Tommy Haas, and no. 54 Gaël Monfils, 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.
Isner's Washington success earned him wildcard entries into three more ATP tournaments: the Masters Series event in Cincinnati a week later, New Haven, and the US Open. He lost in the first round in Cincinnati to quarterfinalist no. 15 David Ferrer. The following week in New Haven, he beat no. 49 Becker a second time, before falling to Ferrer for the second week in a row.
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.
Isner's no. 106 ranking in November 2007 was just good enough to get him direct entry into his first Australian Open, after several players ranked above him dropped out. He was defeated in the first round of the 2008 Australian Open by veteran Fabrice Santoro of France. Teamed with Croat Ivo Karlović (2 cm (1 in) taller than Isner, Karlović is currently the tallest player on the ATP tour), Isner also lost in the first round of doubles.
Isner broke into the top 100 at no. 93 in February with a quarterfinal appearance at the ATP event in San Jose, beating no. 90 Florent Serra and no. 26 Tommy Haas. He maintained a top-100 ranking in the first three months of the year, beating six players in the top 100, while playing exclusively in ATP-level events. Isner played in his first French Open and Wimbledon, losing in the first round of each. He also played in the US Open, where he lost in the first round. He ended the year ranked no. 144 in the world.
2009: Reaching the Top 40
Isner qualified for the singles draw of the 2009 Heineken Open in Auckland, after winning three consecutive three-set matches in qualifying. His final match saw him bounce back from a 0–3 deficit in the third set to eventually beat Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci in a tie-breaker. In the main draw, Isner beat Albert Montañés and countryman Robby Ginepri, before ultimately exiting with a loss in the quarterfinals.
Isner received a wildcard entry into the 2009 Australian Open, after winning the United States Tennis Association's wildcard tournament, beating Donald Young and Jesse Levine along the way. Despite serving 39 aces against his first-round opponent, Slovakia's Dominik Hrbatý, he lost in four sets. Isner began working with a new coach, Craig Boynton, who had coached former world no. 1 Jim Courier in the 1990s, in March 2009.
At the 2009 Indian Wells tournament, Isner pulled off a major upset by defeating ninth seed Gaël Monfils. This was Isner's first win over a top-10 player, after four previous defeats. He then went on to defeat former world no. 1 Marat Safin, before losing to world no. 6 Juan Martín del Potro in the fourth round.
In April 2009 at the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships in Houston, Texas, at River Oaks Country Club, Isner made it as far as the quarterfinals, where he was defeated by fellow American Wayne Odesnik. Isner qualified for the French Open, but had to withdraw after being diagnosed with mononucleosis, which caused him to miss Wimbledon as well.
In August 2009, he defeated world no. 7 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and world no. 18 Tomáš Berdych en route to the semifinals of the ATP World Tour 500 event in Washington, before losing to world no. 5 Andy Roddick. This performance brought him to a career-high ranking of no. 55 and a special exemption into the Masters 1000 Series event in Montreal, where he defeated Jesse Levine, before losing to Mikhail Youzhny. He earned a wildcard into the Masters 1000 Series event in Cincinnati, where he defeated world no. 21 Tommy Haas, before losing to world no. 35 Jérémy Chardy in the second round.
Unseeded and ranked no. 55 in the world entering the US Open, Isner defeated world no. 29 Victor Hănescu in the first round, which was his first win in a Grand Slam tournament since the 2007 US Open, ending a streak of six consecutive defeats. He then advanced to the third round, where he defeated world no. 5 and fellow American Andy Roddick in five sets for his first victory over Roddick, his first victory in a five-set match, and the first time he advanced past the third round of a Grand Slam tournament. He was then defeated in the fourth round by world no. 10 Fernando Verdasco in four sets. His US Open performance brought his ranking to a career-high no. 39.
After playing in Vienna, Basel, and the Paris Masters, Isner finished the year at a career-high no. 34 in the world. He has credited his work with Boynton for helping him get back on track following his disappointing 2008 season.
2010: First ATP title, longest match in history
Isner began the year at the 2010 Heineken Open in Auckland. Unseeded, he reached his second career ATP final and first since Washington in 2007. In the final, he saved a championship point to defeat 2001 Australian Open finalist Arnaud Clément. The victory in Auckland was Isner's first ATP tour title; after the victory he donated $5,000 of his winnings to aid rescue action for the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
The victory catapulted Isner into the top 30 for the first time and also allowed him to surpass Sam Querrey to become the second highest-ranked American for the first time, behind only Andy Roddick. Isner said he intended to finish the year in the top 20, and given his ascendency in the world rankings combined with the absence of Roddick and James Blake for the 2010 Davis Cup season, it became increasingly likely that Isner would qualify to play singles for the US Davis Cup team for the first time in his career.
After Gilles Simon withdrew, Isner became the final seed for the 2010 Australian Open. In the first round, he defeated world no. 49 Andreas Seppi for his first victory at the Australian Open and his first victory at a Grand Slam other than the US Open. He then advanced to the round of 16, before losing to world no. 4 and eventual finalist Andy Murray.
After the Australian Open, Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe announced that Isner and Querrey would be first and second singles on the 2010 United States Davis Cup team for the team's 2010 Davis Cup World Group first-round match in Serbia on indoor clay in March 2010; Isner described the selection as "a dream come true".
Isner next entered the 2010 Regions Morgan Keegan Championships in Memphis. Seeded sixth, he made it to the finals, before losing to Sam Querrey. In the doubles event, Isner teamed up with Querrey to win the tournament, defeating British-Australian pair of Ross Hutchins and Jordan Kerr.
Prior to the Davis Cup tie, Isner competed at the 2010 Abierto Mexicano Telcel Championships, an ATP World Tour 500 series event on clay, where he was the fifth seed. He lost in the first round to Simon Greul. Despite the loss, Isner following the tournament moved into the top 20 for the first time.
Isner appeared at the 2010 Davis Cup first round, where USA was up against Serbia. In his two singles matches, he faced Serbia's team of world no. 2 Novak Djokovic and world no. 35 Viktor Troicki. He lost the first singles match against Viktor Troicki, but bounced back by winning the doubles match with Bob Bryan, as a replacement for food-poisoned Mike Bryan. In his second singles match, he lost to Novak Djokovic, which enabled Serbia to defeat the United States.
Afterwards, he appeared in the second master series tournament of the season, the 2010 Sony Ericsson Open Masters 1000 in Miami as the 17th seed. He advanced to the third round, before losing to 12th seed Juan Carlos Ferrero.
Isner began the clay-court season with an opening-round loss to world no. 89 Xavier Malisse at the U.S. Men's Claycourt Championship, followed by a round of 32 showing at his first-ever Rome Masters, where he defeated Horacio Zeballos, before losing to Thomaz Bellucci. However, he teamed with Querrey to reach the doubles final in Rome, before losing to Bob and Mike Bryan; his doubles performance raised his doubles ranking to the top 30 for the first time.
His next tournament was the 2010 Serbian Open, where he was the second seed behind defending champion, tournament host, and world no. 2 Djokovic. Isner advanced to the first clay-court final of his career, third final of the year, and fourth final of his career. In the final, he lost to Querrey, despite having a match point; this was the second consecutive final Isner lost to Querrey after serving for the championship. However, Isner's finals performance improved his ranking to a career-high no. 19.
Isner's next tournament was his debut appearance at the Madrid Masters. Seeded thirteenth, he advanced to the round of 16, before losing to world no. 3 and eventual champion Nadal.
Isner then played in the 2010 French Open; his ranking assured his first direct seed into a Grand Slam event. Seeded 17th, he defeated Andrey Golubev in the first round for his first singles victory at the French Open. He advanced to the third round, before losing to no. 15 seed and eventual semifinalist Tomáš Berdych. In doubles, he and Querrey were the 12th seeds, but withdrew prior to the start of the tournament after Querrey's first-round loss in singles.
Despite being ranked no. 19 in the world entering the Wimbledon, Isner was seeded 24th by the tournament committee due to his lack of experience on grass, but was moved up to 23rd following the withdrawal of Radek Štěpánek. In the first round, Isner played Nicolas Mahut in the longest match in tennis history, prevailing 6–4, 3–6, 6–7, 7–6, 70–68. However, fatigued and having little time to recover his energy, Isner was beaten by Thiemo de Bakker in the second round, 0–6, 3–6, 2–6, having served no aces. He also pulled out of the doubles, where he and Querrey had been 12th seeds. Despite having been eliminated in the second round, Isner's total of 113 aces were more than any other player throughout the championship. His Wimbledon performance brought his ranking to a career-high no. 18 in the world.
Isner's next tournament was the 2010 Atlanta Tennis Championships, where he played doubles with James Blake and reached the semifinals. In singles, Isner was second seed and made it to his fourth final of the year, before losing to Mardy Fish, which dropped his career record in finals to 1–4 (0–4 against Americans).
Isner next competed at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic, the ATP World Tour 500 series event in Washington, D.C. and site of his breakthrough performance in 2007. Isner was also to compete in the doubles with Sam Querrey, but withdrew due to shoulder concerns. Seeded fifth in singles, Isner made it to the round of 16, before losing to Xavier Malisse.
Isner next played in the Cincinnati Masters, where he was unseeded. After defeating Łukasz Kubot in the first round, he faced 2002 Wimbledon finalist and 2005 Tennis Masters Cup champion David Nalbandian, but was forced to retire up a break at 5–4 in the first set after injuring his right ankle. Although Isner was found to have suffered ligament damage to the ankle, he chose not to withdraw from the US Open singles tournament.
At the 2010 US Open, Isner was 18th seed and defeated Frederico Gil in the first round. After the match he revealed that although the initial diagnosis was a right ankle ligament tear, a second opinion revealed that the damage was a strain and not a tear, and he declared his ankle 90% healed. He then advanced to the third round, before losing to 12th seed and 2006 US Open semifinalist Mikhail Youzhny. The loss dropped Isner out of the top 20, and from the no. 2 to the no. 4 ranked American player. Due to his ankle injury, he chose not to compete in doubles.
Following the US Open, Isner participated with Mardy Fish and Sam Querrey in the Davis Cup tie against Colombia, winning the doubles match with Fish as his partner. The US won the match 3–1 to remain in the 2011 Davis Cup world group. Isner was next granted a wildcard to participate in the 2010 China Open, his first time competing in Beijing. In doubles, he teamed with Querrey, losing in the first round to Bob and Mike Bryan. In singles, Isner was unseeded, but made it to the semifinals, before losing to world no. 2 and defending champion Novak Djokovic. Isner next competed in the Shanghai Masters, where he was unseeded, and made it to the second round, before losing to world no. 3 and reigning Australian Open champion Roger Federer in their first meeting since the 2007 US Open.
2011: Second and third ATP titles
Following his win in Perth, Isner returned to Auckland to defend his ATP title at the 2011 Heineken Open. After a bye in his first round, the third seed faced Dutch world no. 52 Robin Haase. Isner defeated Haase to go through to the quarterfinals, where he was defeated by David Nalbandian in straight sets.
Isner next played in the 2011 Australian Open He entered the tournament seeded 20th and received a tough draw, including Radek Štěpánek, Marin Čilić, and Rafael Nadal. Isner came up against French world no. 69 Florent Serra, whom he easily defeated. Isner faced Radek Štěpánek in the second round. After losing the first set, Isner rallied to defeat Stepanek to progress into the third round. In the third round, Isner faced fellow top-20 player Marin Čilić. The match went to five sets, with Cilic emerging as the eventual winner.
At the 2011 French Open, Isner was drawn against top seed and defending champion Rafael Nadal. Isner took a two-sets-to-one lead against Nadal, who had never played a five-set match at Roland Garros before. Nadal went on to win the title. In the 2011 Wimbledon men's singles draw, Isner was paired against Mahut in the first round, a rematch of the world's longest match from the previous year's tournament. Isner won in straight sets. However, he lost in the second round to the 16th seed Nicolás Almagro in four sets, dropping his 2011 record to 11–14.
Isner next took a last-minute wild card to participate in the 2011 Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, replacing compatriot and defending champion Mardy Fish, who was chosen to play in the Davis Cup for the United States during that weekend. Isner was the top seed and defeated Karol Beck, 2001 Australian Open finalist Arnaud Clément, Alex Bogomolov, Jr., and Tobias Kamke without dropping a set, to reach his first career grass-court final. In the final, he defeated Olivier Rochus to become the first top seed in 35 years to win the event. The title was his first of 2011 and second of his career, and ended a three-match losing streak in finals. The championship raised Isner's world ranking from no. 48 to no. 36.
Isner next played in the 2011 Atlanta Tennis Championships, where he was the third seed. He defeated James Blake, Lu Yen-hsun, and Gilles Müller to reach his second consecutive tour final. In the final, he faced Mardy Fish in a rematch of the 2010 final. Isner was ultimately defeated by Fish. He then reached the semifinals of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic, defeating Tobias Kamke, James Blake, Victor Troicki, before losing to Gaël Monfils.
At the Rogers Cup, Isner defeated Marcos Baghdatis, but lost to Viktor Troicki in the second round. Isner won the Winston-Salem Open as the fourth seed, defeating Dudi Sela, Jarkko Nieminen, Marcos Baghdatis, and Andy Roddick in the semifinals, before defeating Julien Benneteau in the final.
Isner reached the semifinals at the Master's 1000 in Paris, where he held three match points before losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the semifinals. The result brought him back into the world top 20. He finished the year ranked no. 18, his second consecutive year-end top 20 ranking, and his highest year-end ranking to date.
2012: Reaching the Top 10 and first Masters final
Isner defeated David Nalbandian in the second round of the 2012 Australian Open in a five-set match, but was defeated in the third round by Feliciano López. He beat world no. 3 Roger Federer in Switzerland in the Davis Cup first round, as well as beating Marco Chiudinelli in another singles rubber, to help propel the US team to victory over the Swiss. He then reached the final of the Indian Wells Masters by beating world no. 1 Novak Djokovic in three sets in the semifinals, before being defeated by Federer in straight sets in the final. Isner also reached the doubles final of the same tournament partnering Sam Querrey.
In the U.S. Davis Cup Quarterfinals against France, Isner defeated Gilles Simon in the first live rubber of the tie in straight sets. Two days later, Isner clinched the tie and propelled the United States into the semifinals by defeating French no. 1 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in four sets.
In the 2012 French Open, he defeated Rogério Dutra da Silva in the first round before being defeated by wildcard Paul-Henri Mathieu in the second round: 6–7, 6–4, 6–4, 3–6, 18–16 in the second-longest ever Roland Garros match at 5 hours and 41 minutes.
In the Wimbledon Championships, he was the eleventh seed. However, he was upset by 73rd ranked Alejandro Falla in five sets, being eliminated in the first round. If he had won this match, he would have gone on to face Mahut for the third straight year. He beat Mahut at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in July, on his way to winning the championship for the second consecutive year.
Isner reached the semifinals at the 2012 Atlanta Tennis Championships, losing to Andy Roddick. Isner defeated Milos Raonic in the Rogers Cup (ATP 1000) quarterfinals and played Richard Gasquet for a place in the final, but lost.
Isner was chosen to be on special London 2012 Coke cans. Isner lost in the quarterfinals of the Olympics to the runner-up Roger Federer. In the men's doubles event, he and Andy Roddick did not progress beyond the first round.
Isner won his second title of the year at the 2012 Winston-Salem Open, defeating Tomáš Berdych in the final. It was the second consecutive year that he won the title at Winston-Salem. At the US Open he lost in the third round to Philipp Kohlschreiber.
2013: Sixth, seventh ATP titles and second Masters final
Isner was seeded first in Sydney, but he lost in the second round to Ryan Harrison in straight sets. He did not appear at the 2013 Australian Open the following week because of a bone bruise in his right knee.
Isner won his sixth ATP title and first on clay, defeating Nicolás Almagro in the US Clay Court Championships final in Houston. At the Monte Carlo Masters, he was eliminated in the first round. He also made early exits in Madrid and Rome.
At the French Open, Isner recovered from two sets down in his first-round match to beat Ryan Harrison in five sets. The next day, Isner once again recovered from two sets down to level the match, this time against Tommy Haas, saving a record 12 match points in the fourth set. However, Isner then let a lead slip and failed to convert a match point of his own and Haas eventually won the fifth set.
In July, Isner won his second title of the year and his first in Atlanta, after appearing twice before in the final. He defeated Kevin Anderson in the final in a three-tiebreak match, which was billed as the tallest final in ATP history, their combined heights adding up to 13 feet, 6 inches.
In Washington, he reached the final and lost to Juan Martín del Potro after winning the first set. At the 2013 Rogers Cup in Montréal, Isner lost in the first round to the Canadian no. 2 Vasek Pospisil, who went on to reach the semifinals. He won the first set but then lost two tiebreaks.
During a busy summer, he reached another final in Cincinnati, beating Richard Gasquet and then three top-10 players in a row, first Milos Raonic, then Novak Djokovic, then Juan Martín del Potro in the semifinals for the first time. He lost to Rafael Nadal in his second Masters 1000 final and subsequently pulled out of the Winston-Salem tournament. In the US Open he beat Gaël Monfils in the second round but lost for the second consecutive year to Philipp Kohlschreiber in the third round.
2014: Eighth and ninth ATP titles
Isner started his season at the 2014 Hopman Cup with countrywoman Sloane Stephens, beginning strong with a win over Spain. However, the pair then lost their next two ties against France and the Czech Republic, respectively.
One week later, he won the 2014 Heineken Open, defeating Lu Yen-hsun in the final in two tiebreak sets. At the 2014 Australian Open, he faced Martin Kližan in the first round, but after losing the first two sets, he ultimately retired due to an ankle injury.
At the 2014 Indian Wells Masters, Isner received a bye into round two, after which he defeated Nikolay Davydenko, Lu Yen-hsun, Fernando Verdasco, and Ernests Gulbis en route to the semifinals, where he would face Novak Djokovic in a rematch of their 2012 semifinal. However, this time Isner lost in three sets. The semifinal run in Indian Wells did however secure him a return to the top 10.
At the Miami Masters, Isner again received a bye into round two, where he faced and beat countryman Donald Young. He then defeated Nicolás Almagro in the third round, only to lose to Tomáš Berdych in the fourth round.
In Houston, he was defending a title, but lost his first match in the second round to Dustin Brown. With the points he lost, he slipped out of the top ten to a ranking of no. 11.
In Nice the week before the French Open, he made it to the quarterfinals, where he was defeated by Argentine Federico Delbonis. At Roland Garros, he reached the fourth round, where he went down to Berdych. He did not play a grass tune-up tournament before Wimbledon.
In Newport, Rhode Island, John made it to the quarterfinals, where he lost to Jack Sock. However, he got revenge in the semifinals in Atlanta a couple of weeks later and went on to win the tournament, his ninth, with a win over Dudi Sela.
At the US Open, Isner reached the third round, where he lost to Philipp Kohlschreiber for the third consecutive year.
2015: Tenth ATP title and new highest year-end finish
Isner started the season slowly, making the third round of the Australian Open and having only a quarterfinal showing in Memphis before making it into the semifinals in Miami with three wins in a row defeating Dimitrov, Raonic, and Nishikori. He lost to Djokovic in the semifinals.
He lost to Djokovic again in straight sets in Indian Wells in the third round after winning qualifier Jürgen Melzer in the second round. In Monte Carlo, he lost to Rafael Nadal in the third round. He made the quarterfinals in Madrid, where he lost to Tomáš Berdych. In Nice, he made the semifinals, losing to Dominic Thiem.
At Roland Garros, he lost to Jérémy Chardy in the second round. On grass, he made the quarterfinals at Queen's Club and the third round at Wimbledon to Marin Cilic in his third-round match at Wimbledon. In this match, Isner played another marathon, eventually losing to the then-world no. 9 by 10-12 in the fifth set after two days of play.
Isner lost in the first round in Newport to eventual champion Rajeev Ram. He successfully defended his title in Atlanta in July to win his 10th Tour title and third in a row in the tournament, defeating Marcos Baghdatis in the final in straight sets. The following week, he reached the final of the 500 tournament in Washington DC, losing in the final to Kei Nishikori. He also reached the quarterfinals of the Rogers Cup in Montréal, losing in three tiebeaks to Jérémy Chardy. However, the next week in Cincinnati, he went out in the first round against Sam Querrey. He skipped Winston-Salem, his home tournament, the week before the US Open.
At the US Open, Isner advanced to the fourth round, losing to Federer in straight sets, but nonetheless marked his best Grand Slam result of the year. He reached the third round in Shanghai, before losing to Andy Murray in three sets and made his third quarterfinal Masters appearance of the year in Paris, after beating Federer in three sets. Isner finished the year at his best year-end ranking to date, at world no. 11.
2016: Third Masters final and seventh consecutive top-20 finish
Isner started his season in Auckland and reached the quarterfinals, losing to eventual champion, Roberto Bautista Agut. At Australian Open, he reached the fourth round for the first time since 2010 defeating Spaniards Marcel Granollers and Feliciano López before losing in straights sets to David Ferrer. Instead of playing the US spring hardcourt tournaments, Isner decided to play two clay court tournaments in South America, losing his first match in both to Dusan Lajovic in Argentina and Guido Pella in Brazil. In the first round of Davis Cup, Isner defeated Bernard Tomic and Sam Groth to help upset Australia 3-1 and move the United States into the quarterfinals against Croatia.
Isner reached the fourth round at BNP Paribas Open for the third year in a row before losing to Kei Nishikori, and he was then upset early in Miami Open by Tim Smyczek. Despite missing most of the clay season, only playing U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships and Geneva Open, Isner reached the fourth round of the French Open for only the second time in his career, losing to eventual finalist Andy Murray in straight sets. Isner's season continued with early losses in both grass tournaments he played, losing to Gilles Müller at Aegon Championships and losing a marathon match to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at Wimbledon.
Isner started the US Open Series with a disappointing loss in the second round of the Rogers Cup to Ryan Harrison. Isner rebounded by reaching his first final of the season and his fourth consecutive final at the Atlanta Open, losing in straight sets to Nick Kyrgios. Isner skipped the Summer Olympics due to a lack of ranking points and prize money, electing to focus on the summer hardcourt tournaments of the US Open Series. After Isner lost in straight sets in the second round to Milos Raonic, and Steve Johnson reached the quarterfinals in Cincinnati, Isner lost the title of the top-ranked American man for the first time in three years. Although he regained it in the following week, Johnson took it back over following the US Open, after Isner was unable to defend his fourth round points, losing in the third round to Kyle Edmund in four sets.
Isner teamed up with Jack Sock to win his second Masters doubles title and fourth overall doubles title at the Shanghai Masters. Unseeded at the final regular tournament of the season, Isner would prevail against seeded players David Ferrer and Marin Cilic to reach his third Masters final and second final of the season at the Paris Masters. His semi-final victory allowed Isner to again finish the year as the No. 1 American for the fifth consecutive year and inside the Top 20 for the seventh consecutive season. In the final, Isner lost to the newly crowned world number 1 Andy Murray, thus leaving him titleless in singles for the first time since 2009.
Longest match in history
The final set alone was longer than the previous longest match.
In the match, Isner set the record for most aces in a match, breaking Ivo Karlović's record of 78; Mahut passed the old mark as well. Isner set a new record of 112 aces, ahead of the 103 aces served by Mahut.
At 21:13 BST on June 23 the match was suspended due to darkness for a second day at 59–59 in the fifth set. The match resumed on June 24, at 15:30 BST, starting the third day of the match. Overall, the match lasted eleven hours and five minutes. Isner also set the record for most games won in a Wimbledon match with 92.
The match brought Isner a measure of fame, particularly in the United States. He had guest appearances on "Good Morning America" and the "Late Show with David Letterman", and threw the ceremonial first pitch at a New York Yankees game in Yankee Stadium. He and Mahut also won the 2010 ESPY Award for Best Record-Breaking Performance in sport.
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Playing style and equipment
Isner has an extremely powerful and consistent serve, thanks in part to his 6 ft 10-in height which makes him the third tallest player on tour behind Ivo Karlović and Reilly Opelka. Commentators[who?] have also praised his composure; in five consecutive third-set tiebreaker wins in Washington, he delivered huge serves when it mattered most. Isner also has a very powerful forehand, which he uses in tandem with his serve. Isner will often go for one-two points: a big serve followed up by a big forehand. He is also known to back up his serves with approaches to the net, though he does not strictly serve-and-volley. Isner's movement around the court is hampered by his body and he is hurt by players that move him around the court. Isner's fitness has improved considerably throughout the years, as he displayed during his win in the longest tennis match ever at Wimbledon against Nicolas Mahut.
As of January 2012, Isner is sponsored by Lacoste and Prince for his attire and racquets respectively. His attire carried through most of 2015. Later on in 2016 at the Australian open his attire is FILA.
Isner's first coach was Craig Boynton, who worked with him from 2007 to 2012, and helped develop his style of play. Isner and Boynton split over reportedly mutual agreement. Isner then hired Mike Sell, who helped him to significant success, such as defeating Roger Federer, David Nalbandian, and Novak Djokovic. During his time with Sell, Isner's ranking stayed around No.10 in the world. After parting from Sell in 2014, Isner teamed with Justin Gimelstob and worked with him until April 2016. With Gimelstob, Isner's ranking stayed around 10, until 2016, where he dropped to 17.
Isner started playing tennis seriously at age 11. He played competitively for Westside Swim and Tennis 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 currently resides in Tampa, Florida, where he trains at the Saddlebrook Academy alongside other American tennis pros such as James Blake and Mardy Fish.
- These records were attained in the Open Era of tennis.
|Tournament||Year||Record accomplished||Player tied|
|Wimbledon||2010||113 aces in an ATP singles match||Stands alone|
|113 aces in a Grand Slam singles match||Stands alone|
|85 aces in a single set||Stands alone|
|92 games won in a single match||Stands alone|
|91 games lost in a single match that he won||Stands alone|
|246 winners in a single match||Stands alone|
|Longest singles match ever played (11 hours, 5 minutes)||Nicolas Mahut|
|Longest play in a single day (7 hours, 6 minutes)||Nicolas Mahut|
|118 games in a single day||Nicolas Mahut|
- 212-114 (65%) career record in tie-breaks
Masters 1000 finals
Singles: 3 (0–3)
|Runner-up||2012||Indian Wells||Hard||Roger Federer||6–7(7–9), 3–6|
|Runner-up||2013||Cincinnati||Hard||Rafael Nadal||6–7(8–10), 6–7(3–7)|
|Runner-up||2016||Paris Masters||Hard (i)||Andy Murray||3–6, 7–6(7–4), 4–6|
Doubles: 4 (2–2)
|Runner-up||2010||Rome||Clay||Sam Querrey|| Bob Bryan
|Winner||2011||Rome||Clay||Sam Querrey|| Mardy Fish
|Runner-up||2012||Indian Wells||Hard||Sam Querrey|| Rafael Nadal
|Winner||2016||Shanghai||Hard||Jack Sock|| Henri Kontinen
ATP career finals
Singles: 22 (10 titles, 12 runners-up)
|Runner-up||1.||August 5, 2007||Citi Open, Washington, United States||Hard||Andy Roddick||4–6, 6–7(4–7)|
|Winner||1.||January 16, 2010||Heineken Open, Auckland, New Zealand||Hard||Arnaud Clément||6–3, 5–7, 7–6(7–2)|
|Runner-up||2.||February 21, 2010||Memphis Open, Memphis, United States||Hard (i)||Sam Querrey||7–6(7–3), 6–7(5–7), 3–6|
|Runner-up||3.||May 9, 2010||Serbia Open, Belgrade, Serbia||Clay||Sam Querrey||6–3, 6–7(4–7), 4–6|
|Runner-up||4.||July 25, 2010||Atlanta Tennis Championships, Atlanta, United States||Hard||Mardy Fish||6–4, 4–6, 6–7(4–7)|
|Winner||2.||July 10, 2011||Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, Newport, United States||Grass||Olivier Rochus||6–3, 7–6(8–6)|
|Runner-up||5.||July 24, 2011||Atlanta Tennis Championships, Atlanta, United States (2)||Hard||Mardy Fish||6–3, 6–7(6–8), 2–6|
|Winner||3.||August 27, 2011||Winston-Salem Open, Winston-Salem, United States||Hard||Julien Benneteau||4–6, 6–3, 6–4|
|Runner-up||6.||March 18, 2012||BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells, United States||Hard||Roger Federer||6–7(7–9), 3–6|
|Runner-up||7.||April 15, 2012||U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships, Houston, United States||Clay||Juan Mónaco||2–6, 6–3, 3–6|
|Winner||4.||July 15, 2012||Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, Newport, United States (2)||Grass||Lleyton Hewitt||7–6(7–1), 6–4|
|Winner||5.||August 25, 2012||Winston-Salem Open, Winston-Salem, United States (2)||Hard||Tomáš Berdych||3–6, 6–4, 7–6(11–9)|
|Winner||6.||April 14, 2013||U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships, Houston, United States||Clay||Nicolás Almagro||6–3, 7–5|
|Winner||7.||July 28, 2013||Atlanta Tennis Championships, Atlanta, United States||Hard||Kevin Anderson||6–7(3–7), 7–6(7–2), 7–6(7–2)|
|Runner-up||8.||August 4, 2013||Citi Open, Washington, United States (2)||Hard||Juan Martín del Potro||6–3, 1–6, 2–6|
|Runner-up||9.||August 18, 2013||Western & Southern Open, Cincinnati, United States||Hard||Rafael Nadal||6–7(8–10), 6–7(3–7)|
|Winner||8.||January 11, 2014||Heineken Open, Auckland, New Zealand (2)||Hard||Lu Yen-hsun||7–6(7–4), 7–6(9–7)|
|Winner||9.||July 27, 2014||Atlanta Tennis Championships, Atlanta, United States (2)||Hard||Dudi Sela||6–3, 6–4|
|Winner||10.||August 2, 2015||Atlanta Tennis Championships, Atlanta, United States (3)||Hard||Marcos Baghdatis||6–3, 6–3|
|Runner-up||10.||August 8, 2015||Citi Open, Washington, United States (3)||Hard||Kei Nishikori||6–4, 4–6, 4–6|
|Runner-up||11.||August 7, 2016||Atlanta Tennis Championships, Atlanta, United States (3)||Hard||Nick Kyrgios||6–7(3–7), 6–7(4–7)|
|Runner-up||12.||November 6, 2016||BNP Paribas Masters, Paris, France||Hard (i)||Andy Murray||3–6, 7–6(7–4), 4–6|
Doubles: 7 (4 titles, 3 runners-up)
|Winner||1.||July 7, 2008||Campbell's Hall of Fame Championships, Newport, United States||Grass||Mardy Fish|| Rohan Bopanna
|Winner||2.||February 21, 2010||Regions Morgan Keegan Championships, Memphis, United States||Hard (i)||Sam Querrey|| Ross Hutchins
|Runner-up||1.||May 2, 2010||Internazionali BNL d'Italia, Rome, Italy||Clay||Sam Querrey|| Bob Bryan
|Runner-up||2.||April 9, 2011||U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships, Houston, United States||Clay||Sam Querrey|| Bob Bryan
|7–6(7–4), 2–6, [5–10]|
|Winner||3.||May 15, 2011||Internazionali BNL d'Italia, Rome, Italy||Clay||Sam Querrey|| Mardy Fish
|Runner-up||3.||March 18, 2012||BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells, United States||Hard||Sam Querrey|| Marc López
|Winner||4.||October 16, 2016||Shanghai Masters, Shanghai, China||Hard||Jack Sock|| Henri Kontinen
In 2015, Isner played once again in the Hopman Cup as a last-minute entry, replacing the injured Jack Sock and partnered with Serena Williams. They reached the mixed doubles final and lost in two sets to Agnieszka Radwańska and Jerzy Janowicz of Poland.
Current through 2016 Paris Masters.
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||1R||1R||4R||3R||3R||A||1R||3R||4R||0 / 8||12–8||60%|
|French Open||A||1R||A||3R||1R||2R||3R||4R||2R||4R||0 / 8||12–8||60%|
|Wimbledon||A||1R||A||2R||2R||1R||2R||3R||3R||3R||0 / 8||9–8||53%|
|US Open||3R||1R||4R||3R||QF||3R||3R||3R||4R||3R||0 / 10||22–10||69%|
|Win–Loss||2–1||0–4||3–2||8–4||7–4||5–4||5–3||7–4||8–4||10–4||0 / 34||55–34||62%|
|ATP World Tour Masters 1000|
|Indian Wells Masters||A||2R||4R||4R||3R||F||2R||SF||4R||4R||0 / 9||20–9||69%|
|Miami Masters||A||1R||2R||3R||4R||3R||3R||4R||SF||2R||0 / 9||12–9||57%|
|Monte Carlo Masters||A||A||A||A||A||A||1R||A||3R||A||0 / 2||2–2||50%|
|Madrid Masters||A||A||A||3R||2R||2R||2R||3R||QF||A||0 / 6||9–6||60%|
|Rome Masters||A||A||A||2R||1R||2R||1R||1R||3R||A||0 / 6||4–6||40%|
|Canada Masters||A||A||2R||A||2R||SF||1R||1R||QF||2R||0 / 7||9–7||56%|
|Cincinnati Masters||1R||2R||2R||2R||1R||A||F||3R||1R||2R||0 / 9||11–9||55%|
|Shanghai Masters||NH||1R||2R||A||3R||2R||3R||3R||1R||0 / 7||7–7||50%|
|Paris Masters||A||A||2R||2R||SF||2R||3R||2R||QF||F||0 / 8||13–8||62%|
|Win–Loss||0–1||2–3||7–6||8–7||9–7||11–7||9–9||12–8||20–9||9–6||0 / 63||87–63||58%|
|Summer Olympics||NH||A||Not Held||QF||Not Held||A||0 / 1||3–1||75%|
|Davis Cup||A||A||A||1R||QF||SF||QF||PO||1R||QF||0 / 6||11–10||52%|
|Win–Loss||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–2||1–1||7–3||1–2||2–0||0–2||3–1||0 / 7||14–11||56%|
|Titles / Finals||0 / 1||0 / 0||0 / 0||1 / 4||2 / 3||2 / 4||2 / 4||2 / 2||1 / 2||0 / 2||10 / 22||45%|
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||A||1R||QF||3R||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 3||5–3||63%|
|French Open||A||A||3R||A||A||1R||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 2||2–2||50%|
|Wimbledon||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 0||0–0||–|
|US Open||1R||1R||1R||2R||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 4||1–4||20%|
|Win–Loss||0–1||0–1||2–3||4–2||2–1||0–1||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0 / 9||8–9||47%|
|ATP World Tour Masters 1000|
|Indian Wells Masters||A||A||A||A||SF||2R||F||2R||SF||2R||2R||0 / 7||14–7||67%|
|Miami Masters||A||A||A||A||2R||2R||A||1R||A||SF||QF||0 / 5||6–5||55%|
|Madrid Masters||A||A||A||A||2R||SF||1R||2R||2R||A||A||0 / 5||6–4||60%|
|Rome Masters||A||A||A||A||F||W||1R||1R||1R||1R||A||1 / 6||8–5||62%|
|Canada Masters||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||2R||0 / 1||1–1||50%|
|Cincinnati Masters||A||2R||QF||2R||2R||1R||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 5||5–4||56%|
|Shanghai Masters||NH||1R||1R||A||A||A||A||2R||W||1 / 4||6–3||67%|
|Paris Masters||A||A||A||A||2R||1R||1R||2R||1R||2R||A||0 / 6||2–5||29%|
|Win–Loss||0–0||1–1||2–1||1–2||11–6||9–5||4–4||3–5||4–2||5–5||9–3||2 / 39||48–34||59%|
|Summer Olympics||NH||A||Not Held||1R||Not Held||A||0 / 1||0–1||0%|
|Davis Cup||A||A||A||A||2–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0 / 5||2–0||100%|
|Titles / Finals||0 / 0||0 / 0||1 / 1||0 / 0||1 / 2||1 / 2||0 / 1||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||1 / 1||4 / 7||57%|
Record against other players
Isner's match record against players who have been ranked world no. 10 or higher is as follows: (as of 6 November 2016)
Players who have been ranked world no. 1 are in bold.
- Kevin Anderson 8–3
- Marcos Baghdatis 7–0
- Gaël Monfils 4–4
- James Blake 3–0
- Gilles Simon 3–0
- Juan Mónaco 3–1
- Milos Raonic 3–1
- Tommy Robredo 3–1
- Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 3–2
- Nikolay Davydenko 3–3
- Tommy Haas 3–3
- Arnaud Clément 2–0
- Stanislas Wawrinka 2–1
- Nicolás Almagro 2–2
- Richard Gasquet 2–2
- Jürgen Melzer 2–3
- Radek Štěpánek 2–3
- Lleyton Hewitt 2–4
- Andy Roddick 2–4
- Juan Martín del Potro 2–5
- Roger Federer 2–5
- Tomáš Berdych 2–7
- David Ferrer 2–7
- Novak Djoković 2–8
- Grigor Dimitrov 1–0
- Tim Henman 1–0
- Marat Safin 1–1
- Dominic Thiem 1–1
- Janko Tipsarević 1–1
- Fernando Verdasco 1–1
- David Nalbandian 1–2
- Kei Nishikori 1–2
- Mikhail Youzhny 1–2
- Mardy Fish 1–3
- Marin Čilić 1–6
- Juan Carlos Ferrero 0–1
- Dominik Hrbatý 0–1
- Robin Söderling 0–1
- Rafael Nadal 0–6
- Andy Murray 0–8
Top 10 wins
|1.||Gaël Monfils||9||Indian Wells, United States||Hard||2R||6–7(5–7), 6–1, 6–4|
|2.||Jo-Wilfried Tsonga||7||Washington, United States||Hard||2R||4–6, 7–6(7–2), 7–6(7–4)|
|3.||Andy Roddick||5||US Open, New York, United States||Hard||3R||7–6(7–3), 6–3, 3–6, 5–7, 7–6(7–5)|
|4.||Nikolay Davydenko||6||Beijing, China||Hard||QF||7–6(7–2), 6–4|
|5.||David Ferrer||5||Paris, France||Hard (i)||QF||6–3, 3–6, 6–3|
|6.||Roger Federer||3||Davis Cup, Fribourg, Switzerland||Clay (i)||RR||4–6, 6–3, 7–6(7–4), 6–2|
|7.||Novak Djokovic||1||Indian Wells, United States||Hard||SF||7–6(9–7), 3–6, 7–6(7–5)|
|8.||Jo-Wilfried Tsonga||6||Davis Cup, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France||Clay||RR||6–3, 7–6(7–4), 5–7, 6–3|
|9.||Janko Tipsarević||8||Olympics, London, England||Grass||3R||7–5, 7–6(16–14)|
|10.||Jo-Wilfried Tsonga||6||Winston-Salem, United States||Hard||SF||6–4, 3–6, 7–6(7–3)|
|11.||Tomáš Berdych||7||Winston-Salem, United States||Hard||F||3–6, 6–4, 7–6(11–9)|
|12.||Milos Raonic||10||Cincinnati, United States||Hard||3R||7–6(7–5), 6–4|
|13.||Novak Djokovic||1||Cincinnati, United States||Hard||QF||7–6(7–5), 3–6, 7–5|
|14.||Juan Martín del Potro||7||Cincinnati, United States||Hard||SF||6–7(5–7), 7–6(11–9), 6–3|
|15.||Milos Raonic||6||Miami, United States||Hard||4R||6–7(3–7), 7–6(8–6), 7–6(7–5)|
|16.||Kei Nishikori||5||Miami, United States||Hard||QF||6–4, 6–3|
|17.||Roger Federer||2||Paris, France||Hard (i)||3R||7–6(7–3), 3–6, 7–6(7–5)|
|18.||Marin Čilić||10||Paris, France||Hard (i)||SF||6–4, 6–3|
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|Awards and achievements|
|ATP Most Improved Player
|Best Record-Breaking Performance ESPY Award
(with Nicolas Mahut)