John Robert Isner
(born April 26, 1985) is an American professional tennis player
. He achieved his career-high rank of No. 18 on July 5, 2010, and has been as high as the second-ranked American tennis player behind Andy Roddick
. His most famous victories were against Roddick in the 2009 US Open
, and against Nicolas Mahut
at the 2010 Wimbledon Championships
where he played the longest ever professional tennis match
, which lasted 11 hours and 5 minutes over the course of three days.
Isner played collegiate tennis at the University of Georgia
from 2004 to 2007 and became the school's all-time leader in singles and doubles victories, earning All-American honors each of his four years and leading Georgia to the 2007 NCAA championship
Isner began his professional career in earnest in the summer of 2007. With a world ranking of No. 839, he needed wild card 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 3 seeds along the way. Then, after first round losses in an Challenger-level
and an ATP-level tournament, he beat 5 top-300 players and 3 seeds to win the Lexington challenger in July to 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., Fernando González
's late... Read More