American tennis star John Isner pulled out of the Indian Wells Masters due to the impending birth of his third child. On Monday, world No. 23 Isner was scheduled to meet rising Italian star Jannik Sinner in the Indian Wells third round.
Isner, who beat Yoshihito Nishioka in his Indian Wells opener, pulled out of the rest of the tournament because being with his wife is the most important thing right now. "Pretty eventful day...I need to go home to be with the family, that is what my duty is right now.
Much more important than tennis," Isner said.
Isner pulling out pushes Sinner into the round-of-16
In his Indian Wells opener, Sinner destroyed John Millman 6-2 6-2. “Today, I played very well. I didn’t miss many shots and I felt great on court,” Sinner said after beating Millman.
“I had one week of practise here so it was quite long to prepare, which is very good." Sinner has a chance to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals but he insists he is not thinking about that right now. “I am not thinking about that goal at the moment, to be honest,” said Sinner of his chances to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals.
“I am just trying to be focused on every match that I play, every point that I play, and then we’ll see at the end of the year what is coming. I am just happy that I played my first-round match today in a good way."
Sinner is aiming to win back-to-back titles since he won Sofia over a week ago. “The level was high today,” Sinner said after winning Sofia. “We had long, long rallies and it was physical as well. I am happy to be the winner here in Sofia again. I think it is a very nice tournament. It was the best match [I have played this week] because I had to."