“Really Not About the Prize Money”: John Isner Clears Stand on His Earlier Criticism About the ATP

Published 03/25/2021, 7:00 AM EDT
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – JANUARY 17: John Isner of USA serves against Ugo Humbert of France in the first semi finalduring day five of the 2020 ASB Classic at ASB Tennis Centre on January 17, 2020 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Fiona Goodall/Getty Images)


Former World No.8 John Isner made headlines when he targeted the ATP regarding the prize money last month. In a series of tweets slamming the governing body, Isner called the ATP a ‘broken system’. He also claimed that the ATP is reducing the prize money unnecessarily and the body lacks transparency.

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In a recent interview, John Isner elaborated on what he had written in his tweets. Even though he reiterated that the ATP lacks transparency, he cleared out the air and said that he had absolutely no problem with the reduction in the prize money.

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“It’s really not about the prize money. It’s about the system,” said Isner.

Isner seemed clear and reflected that he was not targeting the move regarding the prize money, but instead, criticizing the overall system of the ATP.

“I think my tweet that you’re referring to, I was referring to, not so much about the prize money, but about the system of the ATP and why the decisions are made and what goes into the prize money being so low. It’s not about the actual prize money itself,” added the American player.

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Isner reflected that there will always be some things that players don’t agree with or like. However, according to him, players are currently happy and believe that the body has become somewhat transparent in the recent past.

MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA – MARCH 24: John Isner of the United States reacts during his match against Albert Ramos Vinolas of Spain during Day 7 of the Miami Open Presented by Itau at Hard Rock Stadium on March 24, 2019, in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

“Look, there’s always going to be some things that players are unhappy about. I do think recently the players have felt like the tour has been more transparent with them. We’re trying to understand the process a bit more,” continued Isner.

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Isner is currently really happy in Miami and will hope to play some exceptional tennis there. He will begin his campaign against compatriot Mackenzie McDonald tomorrow.

“But there’s a lot worse things going on out there in the world. Of course, we would prefer to be playing for a bigger purse. But look, we’re all here to play and to compete, and we’re happy to be here,” concluded the 2018 Miami Open winner.

The American player will certainly like to keep these things aside for the moment and focus on his game. Will he be able to succeed in Miami once again?

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