After his loss in the quarterfinals of the Delray Beach tournament by Sebastian Korda, John Isner announced that he would not play in the Australian Open, as he prefers to stay with his family.
After Roger Federer, Kyle Edmund, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Fernando Verdasco, Lucas Pouille and Philipp Kohlschreiber, another Top 100 player has decided to forfeit the Australian Open, which will start on February 8. This is John Isner, who has announced that he is giving up the first Grand Slam tournament of the season after his semi-final loss in Delray Beach (Florida) to Sebastian Korda. The 35-year-old American (25th in the world), father of a two-year-old girl and a one-year-old boy, cited family reasons.
“It was not at all an easy decision, he admitted at a press conference. I have thought about it for a long time and now I feel comfortable with this decision. I can’t wait to get home (he lives in Dallas, note). At this point in my career and in my life, I want to be able to travel with my family. Of course, that couldn’t have been the case in Australia this year, as I understand it. I don’t want to be away from my family for so long. I decided to stay home. Before the pandemic, I told myself that I would travel with my family as much as possible to make the tour as pleasant as possible when I am abroad. When I was in Europe, I wanted to go to the nicest hotels, to take advantage of it, because I won’t be a tennis player all my life. To this day, tennis is not the most important thing in my life, it’s my family. But just because I’m not going to Australia doesn’t mean I’m no longer involved in my career. I am in good shape, I feel good and I will continue to take care of my body. After Australia, I can’t wait to play as much as possible in the rest of the season ”.
Isner has never seen the quarters in Melbourne
For the first time since 2013, John Isner will therefore not play the Australian Open. In twelve appearances, he only played two round of 16 in Melbourne, in 2010 (loss to Andy Murray) and 2016 (loss to David Ferrer). We will see him again, at best, the week of February 22 in Montpellier or Cordoba.