New father John Isner: 'Life is definitely different right now'

John Isner skipped the Asian swing, Beijing and Shanghai, and cameback on the Tour at the Stockholm Open last week losing to Ernests Gulbis

by Luigi Gatto
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New father John Isner: 'Life is definitely different right now'

John Isner skipped the Asian swing, Beijing and Shanghai, and came back on the Tour at the Stockholm Open last week losing to Ernests Gulbis in a three-set semifinal. In late September his wife Madison gave birth to their first daughter, which was definitely a big joy for them.

'I have been away from the Tour for a little bit, life is definitely different right now, it stinks being away from them but this is also my job so it's good to be back on Tour and getting back into the swing of things', said Isner.

Analyzing his loss to Gulbis, the 33-year-old American added: 'Making the semifinals, of course, you always want to do better than that. I struggled at the beginning of that event, so I was able to shake a lot of the rust off and even though I lost I feel the semifinals match was my best match all week and right now in Vienna I feel it's trading into the right direction, but that does not guarantee you anything.' Isner is making his fifth appearance ever in Vienna: 'This event is fantastic, Herwig (Straka, the Tournament Director) does an incredible job running this event, all of the players enjoy coming back every single year.

Apart from the event, you are in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.' Isner defeated the Brit Cameron Norrie in three sets, 6-7 (1) 6-4 7-6 (7), and on Thursday in the second round at the Vienna Open, he will face the winner of the match between Gael Monfils and Steve Johnson.

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