John Isner: 'I needed four years of college to get ready for pro tennis'

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John Isner: 'I needed four years of college to get ready for pro tennis'

The Diriyah Tennis Cup, the first professional tennis tournament ever to be staged in Saudi Arabia, takes place between December 12-14 at the 15,000-seater Diriyah Arena in Riyadh. The organizers of the biggest tennis event in Saudi Arabia ever have prepared $3 million, gathering Grand Slam and Masters 1000 winners for thrilling three-day action.

Daniil Medvedev, David Goffin, Lucas Pouille, Fabio Fognini, Stan Wawrinka, John Isner, Gael Monfils and Jan-Lennard Struff will fight the title and the best possible start of preparations for 2020. Despite injuries, John Isner had another rock-solid season behind him, finishing in the top-20 for the tenth straight year and hoping for another consistent season from January.

Like most of the other players, John will travel to Saudi Arabia for the first time, excited to learn more about history, customs and regular life in this desert country that is yet to produce notable tennis players. "It is never too late to play professional tennis.

While there will always be some players who decide to turn pro at the age of 15 or 16, the majority of players in my mind who succeed on Tour are the ones who have taken the time to develop their game through practice and have fully prepared themselves for the rigors of being a professional tennis player.

I needed four years of college to be ready to play professional tennis and it's something that, when looking back on my past, I wouldn't' hesitate to repeat. Young players have to practice hard and prepare for bumps in the road before achieving goals.

Tennis is a sport where it is essential to always look ahead towards your next match, not what happened in those you already played. I'm excited to get a look at the culture and historical significance that Saudi Arabia has had on our world.

Playing tennis at a world heritage site is always unique, I'm thrilled to be a part of it. It is exciting to think that I'm taking part in such a historical moment that will be remembered in tennis for years to come.

Tennis is always looking for new fans and opportunities to help grow the game and I believe that this event coming to Saudi Arabia is a great way to truly help impact and expand the game as we look to connect to new fans.

December is a crucial part of the off-season training for many players as we gear up for 2020 and it is huge to have this opportunity to test your skills against the best players in the world ahead of the official matches."