John Isner: “Tennis is Not Even Close to the Most Important Thing”

Published 07/22/2019, 6:36 AM EDT


John Isner confessed in an interview that tennis is not the most important thing in his life after he took a three-month break from April to June due to a foot injury.

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John Isner and his wife Madison had welcomed their first baby girl named Hunter Grace in September. The couple announced further expansion of their family in April as they are already expecting their second child. 

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The American took positives from his injury break from April to June. In an interview with the AJC, John Isner said, “It’s been a big blessing. Tennis is not even close to the most important thing going on in my life right now.”

John Isner later revealed that family is more important than tennis to him. He said, “It’s (Tennis) still important, but family comes before that.

 

Isner also suggested that his family has helped him to relax. He continued, “I think it’s helped me relax a little bit on the court. It’s a tough injury to have. It just took some time. But it happens, injuries are a part of sports”.

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John Isner injured his left foot during the Miami Open finals against Roger Federer in April. It was later revealed that the American is suffering from a stress fracture in his left foot, which caused him to take a three-month break from the tour. He returned to the Wimbledon Championships 2019, where he lost to Mikhail Kukushkin in the second round. 

The American is also making a return in Atlanta as a defending champion. The BB&T Atlanta Open is scheduled to start next week. He said ahead of the Atlanta Open, “I’m going to have to install some confidence from the fact that I’ve played so well in Atlanta in previous years.”

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The 33-year-old further added, “It won’t be as easy as it was last year, the field for Atlanta is incredibly tough. But, there’s something about going back to a place that you feel very comfortable in, and Atlanta is certainly that place for me”.

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Varun Khanna

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Starting off as a tennis author in 2018, Varun Khanna has gone on to contribute to EssentiallySports in various capacities. After setting up interviews with the likes of Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou, Alizé Cornet, and Noah Rubin, Varun is now part of all major ATP and WTA press conferences and has gone on to pen more than 1300 articles for EssentiallySports. He now heads the tennis and NBA division of the organization.

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