Former World No.8 John Isner has ended his 2020 season. With only a few tournaments remaining in the calendar, Isner has withdrawn from two important tournaments coming in the next few weeks- the Vienna Open and the Rolex Paris Masters. Isner last played the French Open.
John Isner has withdrawn from Vienna Open and Rolex Paris Masters
John Isner last played the French Open and was ousted in the 2nd round by fellow American Sebastian Korda. Looking back, Isner’s 2020 season has been tough. After a stellar 2018 where he reached the Wimbledon semifinal, Isner has had to deal with a few injuries in 2019 and 2020. Before the pandemic break, Isner had a abysmal ATP Cup and Australian Open. And after the pandemic break, Isner crashed out of US Open in the first round and then now had a lacklustre performance at French Open. Isner’s ranking has also fallen to 23rd.
Who will be playing in Vienna next week?
The Vienna Open is set to begin first next week and will be followed by the Paris Masters. But Vienna Open could pack a stronger field that Paris Masters. Vienna Open’s main draw is star studded with the likes of World No.1 Novak Djokovic, Reigning US Open champ Dominic Thiem, World No.5 Stefanos Tsitsipas etc. Dominic Thiem is also the defending champion in Vienna.
Vienna Open and Paris Masters will happen one after the other. So many of the players playing in Vienna could skip the Paris Masters. It is also said that Novak Djokovic will be skipping the Paris Masters.
In 2020, another situation that made the headlines was the formation of Professional Tennis Players Association(PTPA). The only-players’ body was formed by Novak Djokovic and is headed by him and Vasek Pospisil. Isner was with Djokovic in the ATP Players Council and resigned following the formation of PTPA. Isner alongside Sam Querrey has joined Novak’s association. Meanwhile the vacant presidentship of the ATP Players Council was given to Kevin Anderson. And replacing the rebel quartet are Jeremy Chardy, Felix Auger Aliassime, John Millman and Andy Murray.