John Isner, 38, hints end of pro tennis career might be very near

16-time ATP champion Isner turned pro in 2007.

by Dzevad Mesic
John Isner, 38, hints end of pro tennis career might be very near

John Isner, 38, has hinted that his career could soon be coming to an end as he is unsure if he will continue with pro tennis in 2024. This season, Isner is 7-10 on the main level and he is evidently past his prime. After arriving at the Atlanta Open - where Isner is a six-time champion - the American admitted his body hasn't felt that great this year and that hasn't been allowing him to train the way he'd like.

Also, Isner became a father for the fourth time in April. At this stage of his life, tennis isn't Isner's main priority anymore.

Isner hints he may be playing his final season

"I maybe turned a corner last week [in Newport], but my body physically this year hasn't allowed me to train the way I want to train, and because of that my results have been subpar to the standards that I've held myself to for the longest time now.

I'm in a situation that not many players are in, where tennis is not my priority right now. Of course, I want to do well, but family always comes first. They went to Australia and they went to London and I think they’ll come to Cincinnati.

They'll certainly come to New York if I decide that it could be my last tournament," Isner said. Isner, a 16-time ATP champion, owns a 487-313 record on the main level. Before retiring, Isner would like to reach the 500-match wins mark.

"I'm a bit short of 500 wins, but it is something I would like to accomplish. I know very well that it might not happen this year. So we'll see. A lot of it depends on my body and whether it would be up to playing another year," Isner said. It remains to be seen what will Isner decide to do after the 2023 season ends.

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