John Isner: Tennis is secondary in my life right now

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John Isner: Tennis is secondary in my life right now

Former world No. 8 John Isner admitted he was not sure if he would ever again play the Davis Cup but he is now set to represent at the United States at the Davis Cup Finals. “Truthfully, I didn’t know if I was ever going to be back in the Davis Cup team – I’m just in a different stage in my career,” said the 36-year-old.

“Things worked out in a way this year that I really wanted to play, so I’m glad to be back”. Isner, Frances Tiafoe, Reilly Opelka, Jack Sock and Rajeev Ram will be representing the United States at this year's Davis Cup Finals.

“We’re super-chill. We don’t take things too seriously,” Isner admits. “Of course, we get the work done in practice, but we try to keep it light. Most importantly, all of us really are good friends, and it’s fun to cheer teammates on rather than having to play against these guys.

“It brings out the best in everyone. Everyone here playing is a good competitor – you have to be a good competitor to play at this level. But when you’re playing for something that’s way more important than yourself, your country, it normally brings out the best in you.

Career not the most important thing to Isner anymore

Recently, Isner became a father for the third time and his family is his top priority at this stage of his life. “There’s no doubt that tennis is secondary in my life right now, so we’ll see how it goes as my career winds down.

You definitely have to maximise your time – I don’t have as much time to put into my craft. But at my age, I don’t need to be on the court three hours a day," Isner admitted. “When I’m home I’ve tailored my schedule around the kids.

I drop them off at 8:30 and then boom – from 9:00-11:00 that’s my time to practise, then I can pick them up. I try to get my work in around their schedule."