John Isner and Team USA faced a shock defeat at the hands of Norway in their very first tie of the ATP Cup. The former world no 8 lost to the 21-year-old Casper Ruud 6-7 (3), 7-6 (10), 7-5 in a closely contested bout.
However, before the match began, Isner seemed pretty confident about the new year and the concept of the ATP Cup. The leader of the USA squad was pretty hopeful about team USA’s chances.
What Did John Isner Say Before His Match?
John Isner is a fan of the novel ATP Cup format and its placement at the inception of the calendar year.
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“I think the timing of the ATP Cup is perfect. And I can just speak of the enthusiasm of our team and the other players here in Perth and the other cities. We’re all very excited to be a part of this first-ever event. I think that’s the most important thing.”
John Isner further talked about the reasons why the tournament will succeed. The American believes that it has the backing of the players.
“The players are behind it. (It’s) a brand new event, unchartered territory for the ATP to have an event like this. So, to be a part of the first-ever edition of it is pretty special. So, for the timing, for me, I like it a lot.”
It is pretty clear that John Isner is pretty excited for the ATP Cup and for the new season.
What Is Next For Isner And Team USA?
John Isner is a pretty experienced campaigner now. The past few months have not been too good for the American giant. However, he will look to turn things around in 2020.
Talking about the ATP Cup, the start was hard as expected for team USA. They lost to a relatively inexperienced and weaker Norwegian team. Now, they’ll be up against the Russians in Perth.
Do you think Team USA can put up a fight against Team Russia?