Tennis - American John Isner says he is hoping to make the second week of Wimbledon, having failed to get past the third round in eight previous appearances. The big-serving American has reached the third round at Wimbledon the last three years in a row and says he feels like he is playing better on the surface now.
In an interview with ESPN, Isner says, "I would like to make the second week of Wimbledon, and I think I'm of the right caliber to get to that spot. It's crazy I've never gotten past the third round. I've been to the third round seems like a million times, lost a lot of close matches.
I lost to [Jo-Wilfried] Tsonga in five sets last year, to [Marin] Cilic in five sets the year before that, so I'm not losing to Joe Schmos out there. It maybe hasn't quite happened on grass, but I feel like I can play extremely well on it." Isner has said that earlier in his career, he did not like playing in Europe, away from home.
but he says that he has begun to enjoy playing the red clay and grass seasons. "It may not still be the case that I'm a home player. For the first eight years of my career, I seemed only to have good results in the United States.
I'm a bit of a home body. I'm very routined and I love being back home, watching TV, sports. But I have played some great tennis in Europe over the last year and a half. Maybe I'm finally embracing it. I'm 32 and starting to enjoy all the aspects of Europe." Seeded 23rd, Isner will meet fellow American Taylor Fritz in the first round of this year's Championships.