John Isner: "My mother has been a huge inspiration to me"


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John Isner: "My mother has been a huge inspiration to me"

This year John Isner did not start very well: 3 defeats at the ATP Cup with Casper Ruud, Daniil Medvedev and Fabio Fognini, a semifinal and a second round in the 250 in Auckland and New York and a third round at the Australian Open, where he lost to Stan Wawrinka for withdrawal.

Last year, 'Long John' reached the final of the Miami Open, where he lost to Roger Federer. Isner achieved his career-high singles ranking in July 2018 by virtue of his maiden Masters 1000 crown at the 2018 Miami Open and a semifinals appearance at the 2018 Wimbledon Championships.

He has also twice reached the quarterfinals at the US Open in 2011 and 2018, the latter of which helped qualify him for his first ATP Finals appearance later that year. He currently has the second-most aces in the history of the ATP Tour, having served over 12,000 aces.

On the occasion of International Women’s Day Isner shared that his mother Karen Isner and wife Madison McKinley have been the pillars of his life. “If I could talk about two, I would say my mother and my wife. My mother has been a huge inspiration to me.

She had a battle with cancer that she was able to fight through. I saw how tough it was for her to go through those times. But she persevered, and she’s in remission now,” John Isner shared. “And my beautiful wife, Maddie, the mother of my two kids, 13 months apart, so she’s been an absolute rockstar, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Those are the two people that I lean on most in my life,” he added.