After embracing a stellar college career, John Isner needed only a couple of years to crack the top-20, staying there for ten straight years to join the players like Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. The winner of 15 ATP titles is eager to remain on the court for a couple more years, getting ready for another season at the age of 34 and hoping for a better run than in 2019 when he struggled with injuries.
John will lead the USA squad at the ATP Cup, facing Casper Ruud on Friday and seeking a good run after terrible results in Auckland in Melbourne in the last three years. John is a fan of the newly-formed ATP Cup, calling it the event with perfect timing and looking forward to sharing the court with his teammates and notable rivals from other countries.
"I think the timing of the ATP Cup is perfect," said Isner. "I can confirm the enthusiasm of our team and the other players here in Perth, also in Sydney and Brisbane as well. We're all very excited to be a part of this first-ever event.
The most important thing is, the players are behind the whole project. It's a brand new event and an unchartered territory for the ATP to stage tournament like this. So, to be a part of the first edition is pretty special.
It will not be easy to beat Norway in an opening tie, we are probably the favorites on paper but that means nothing when the matches start; we will be ready for the challenge. I think the practice has been great so far and all of us are liking the conditions; we have been enjoying our time in Perth and we are going to step on the court tomorrow and have a lot of fun.
I think I'm in a pretty good spot, feeling healthy right now. I had been working hard during the offseason to get my body into the right position ahead of the start of the year."