Marathon man John Isner will forever be remembered as the winner of the longest recorded match in tennis history as he overcame Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in the fifth set at Wimbledon 2010. But that’s far from the only milestone for the Florida-based American; the winner of 12 career titles, Isner cracked the world’s top 10 in 2012 and has rarely departed from the top 25 since.
Born in Greensboro, North Carolina, Isner maintains fond links to the University of Georgia, where he built solid foundations for his pro career as he thrived in college tennis. The all-time leader in singles and doubles between 2004 and 2007, Isner’s sparkling college career finished on a high as he led his team to the coveted NCAA Championship in 2007.
Armed with a huge serve that’s delivered more than 9000 aces in his pro career (the fourth-highest in ATP history), Isner has achieved his best results on home soil. Winning 10 of his 12 career titles in America – the others both won in Auckland, New Zealand – Isner recently added to his record with a third Newport victory, and fourth in Atlanta. Those victories propelled him back to world No.18 and top American honors. At age 32, the hard-working Isner appears set to add further highs yet.
Winner: Newport, Atlanta
QF: Houston, Memphis, Auckland