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John Isner has played his way into next month’s Australian Open. Isner won a round-robin playoff in Boca Raton, Florida this weekend to earn the USTA’s wild card.

The big man was lowest-ranked player in a field of four this weekend, but he came up bigger than the rest with a Grand Slam appearance at stake.

John Isner won a wild card from the United States Tennis Association into next month’s Australian Open by winning a round-robin playoff in Boca Raton, Florida, on Saturday. The 6’9’’ University of Georgia graduate defeated Jesse Levine 6-3, 7-5 to improve to 2-0 in round-robin play. Isner outlasted Donald Young in a third-set tiebreaker on Friday.

Young got the best of Wayne Odesnik 7-5, 7-5, improving to 1-1 while leaving Odesnik at 0-2. Had Odesnik won, he would have been 1-1 heading into a Sunday showdown with Isner to decide the winner. Now, however, with Isner 2-0 and owning head-to-head wins over the men with 1-1 records, he has already clinched.

Young, the only one of the four not currently based in Florida, resides in Atlanta and is ranked 138th in the world. Odesnik is the highest-ranked player in the group at 119th. Levine comes in at No. 135 while Isner, who reached an ATP final in Washington, D.C. back in 2007, sits at 145th.

Despite his ranking, Isner has tasted Grand Slam success once before. He won two rounds at the 2007 U.S. Open before taking a set off Roger Federer in the round of 32. This year, however, Isner lost in the first round of all four majors, including a straight-set loss to Fabrice Santoro in Melbourne.

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Fresh off a team national championship, John Isner set the Georgia record for all-time wins at 139 on Wednesday afternoon. He wasted little time defeating Furman’s Andy Juc 6-2, 6-2 in the first round of the NCAA singles tournament.

“Once I got on the court, I completely forgot about it,” Isner said. “It actually hit me when I was serving 5-2 in the second set. I told myself I better clamp down here and not let up.”

Parker was not in attendance because he was being inducted into the Intercollegiate Tennis Hall of Fame. Parker was just the latest Georgia great passed by Isner this season.

“For me to have my name mentioned with those guys is an honor,” he said. “For me to have more career wins than all those guys is special. It is surreal considering how many great players that have come through this program.”

Isner is 139-27 in singles at Georgia, and has been a mainstay at the No.1 spot in the lineup.

“He had been deliriously happy for four years, and I don’t know how he is going to get in his car and drive away,” Isner’s mother, Karen Isner, said.

Work remains before Isner, the nation’s top-ranked singles and doubles player, embarks on a professional career.

He is attempting to become the first player since Georgia’s Matias Boeker in 2001 to sweep all three of the NCAA tennis titles.

Isner and doubles partner Luis Flores will play Brown’s Dan Hanegby and Saurabh Kohli of Brown in the first round of the doubles tournament at 5:30 p.m. today.

Isner will play 54th-ranked Bassam Beidas of Pepperdine at noon.

Isner is not the only Georgia player still in contention for the triple crown. Flores and Travis Helgeson can still pull off feat. Helgeson is paired with Matic Omerzel in doubles.

“The only difference with me is that there is a No. 1 besides my name,” Isner said. “Those guys are tremendously great players. I just happen to play No.1 and play more ranked guys than them, but they are unbelievable players and they really have a shot to go far in this tournament.”

The 6-foot-9 Greensboro, N.C. native came to Athens after Manuel Diaz’s only losing season in 2003. That year the Bulldogs finished 8-16.

“He knew the program would rebound. There was never any doubt in any of us. None was ever worried about it,” Karen Isner said.

Isner always had faith in the program even when he witnessed the Bulldogs lose 5-2 at North Carolina as a high school senior.

“I remember John came out to watch our team play at North Carolina and we just got waxed,” said coach Manuel Diaz. “I personally had never experienced a losing season and we struggled.”

Isner has helped return the program to prominence. As a sophomore, Isner paired with Antonio Ruiz to capture the NCAA doubles championship.

However, what Isner wanted most was a team championship. He said he was “bummed out” after losing the team national championship and didn’t play well in the individual and doubles tournament that followed his team’s runner-up performance.

“I will take a team championship over an individual championship any day,” Isner said. “To get that team championship under my belt is really going to help me out because I have a lot of confidence in me.”

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“The sky is the limit for the big North Carolinian! I grew up with John and have seen his game’s progression from juniors to the college level and now on the ATP Tour.”

– Evan Marko

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Fresh off a team national championship, John Isner set the Georgia record for all-time wins at 139 on Wednesday afternoon. He wasted little time defeating Furman’s Andy Juc 6-2, 6-2 in the first round of the NCAA singles tournament.

“Once I got on the court, I completely forgot about it,” Isner said. “It actually hit me when I was serving 5-2 in the second set. I told myself I better clamp down here and not let up.”

Parker was not in attendance because he was being inducted into the Intercollegiate Tennis Hall of Fame. Parker was just the latest Georgia great passed by Isner this season.

“For me to have my name mentioned with those guys is an honor,” he said. “For me to have more career wins than all those guys is special. It is surreal considering how many great players that have come through this program.”

Isner is 139-27 in singles at Georgia, and has been a mainstay at the No.1 spot in the lineup.

“He had been deliriously happy for four years, and I don’t know how he is going to get in his car and drive away,” Isner’s mother, Karen Isner, said.

Work remains before Isner, the nation’s top-ranked singles and doubles player, embarks on a professional career.

He is attempting to become the first player since Georgia’s Matias Boeker in 2001 to sweep all three of the NCAA tennis titles.

Isner and doubles partner Luis Flores will play Brown’s Dan Hanegby and Saurabh Kohli of Brown in the first round of the doubles tournament at 5:30 p.m. today.

Isner will play 54th-ranked Bassam Beidas of Pepperdine at noon.

Isner is not the only Georgia player still in contention for the triple crown. Flores and Travis Helgeson can still pull off feat. Helgeson is paired with Matic Omerzel in doubles.

“The only difference with me is that there is a No. 1 besides my name,” Isner said. “Those guys are tremendously great players. I just happen to play No.1 and play more ranked guys than them, but they are unbelievable players and they really have a shot to go far in this tournament.”

The 6-foot-9 Greensboro, N.C. native came to Athens after Manuel Diaz’s only losing season in 2003. That year the Bulldogs finished 8-16.

“He knew the program would rebound. There was never any doubt in any of us. None was ever worried about it,” Karen Isner said.

Isner always had faith in the program even when he witnessed the Bulldogs lose 5-2 at North Carolina as a high school senior.

“I remember John came out to watch our team play at North Carolina and we just got waxed,” said coach Manuel Diaz. “I personally had never experienced a losing season and we struggled.”

Isner has helped return the program to prominence. As a sophomore, Isner paired with Antonio Ruiz to capture the NCAA doubles championship.

However, what Isner wanted most was a team championship. He said he was “bummed out” after losing the team national championship and didn’t play well in the individual and doubles tournament that followed his team’s runner-up performance.

“I will take a team championship over an individual championship any day,” Isner said. “To get that team championship under my belt is really going to help me out because I have a lot of confidence in me.”

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It was such an honor to play in front of a home crowd at the Greensboro Coliseum! And it was a pleasure to play the exhibition match against my good friend Mardy Fish especially since I beat him 6-3, 6-3! Thanks to everyone who came out and watched – it really was an honor to play at home.

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Will Quick said:

That was a great match and really fun to watch. Its pretty cool seeing someone I played doubles against in juniors out there as a pro!

Steve McNair said:

you a pimp John!!

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I will try to keep all of my fans updated on my results as I play at the SAP Open in San Jose. It feels great to get back on the court after I have been sidelined for about a month because of a stress fracture in my left foot. I played my first round match last night and I defeated a very tough opponent Florent Serra. I won the match 7-6(5), 6-4. After winning the first set in a tough tiebreaker I knew I was in for a really close match. There were no breaks in the match until 3-3 in the second set in which I broke Serra. I was able to hold onto that break of serve and close out the match 6-4. I am satisfied in the way I played last night. Whenever I can go through a match and not get broken I am most likely to get a win. I will play my next match on thursday against the winner of the Tommy Haas/Robert Kedrick match. Talk to you soon!!

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jack reardon said:

john,i saw you beat haas after being 3 match points down!!!and i thought that it was an extremely close one against garcia-lopez,coming back from 3 match points down to win against former world no.2 haas!also,you beat him for a second time,this shows that you are a top ten player in the making,cant wait to see you on the grass at wimbledon you’ll be unstopable!

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May 24,2008 Hello everybody! Today was my full first day in Paris, and the city is as beautiful as I expected it to be. The people here are extremely friendly and I have been treated exceptionally well by the numerous people running the tournament. I got a real good practice session in today with Jonas Bjorkman. My coach Brandon Wagner was on the court with me the whole time as we worked on certain things that I will use in my gameplan tomorrow when I take on Juan Ignacio Chela. I am the 4th match up on court #6. Matches start at 11 am Paris time which is 5 am eastcoast time in the states. I am assuming I will go on sometime around 5 pm Paris time, which will be 11 am east coast time. My mom and dad arrived today early this morning and it was great to see both of them. It’s always a bonus to have my family here for there support especially in a foreign country. Unfortunately my older brother Jordan wasn’t able to make the trip over here, but I am expecting him to be at Wimbledon with me. It’s a ton of fun when Jordan travels with me because all we do is crack jokes and make fun of each other, which is a good way to take my mind off of tennis when I am off the court. Anyways gotta go! Wish me luck tomorrow! I will be writing a blog everyday while I am in Paris to keep all of my fans updated on my results and everything else that I am doing while in France. John Isner

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Amy Bryson (Ross) said:

Congrats John! We will be watching you tomorrow and hoping the best for you. Mom and her sister are trying to make it to London to see you in Wimbledon. Best of luck this weekend, although luck is the last thing you need. Solid gold talent!

judith martin said:

hey john good luck tomorrow…i will be awake at 5am and hope to see you play i was at the ncaa in ga last year and have been

John Isner Tennis – Biography of John Isner

Meet John

John, College Coach Manuel Diaz and Assistant Coach Will Glenn

John, College Coach Manuel Diaz and Assistant Coach Will Glenn

Hailing from Greensboro, North Carolina, John enters the professional tennis arena following a highly successful college career at the University of Georgiawhere he played from 2003 to 2007. As a freshman, he finished runner-up for the NCAA doubles title with partner Bo Hodge before winning it as a sophomore with partner Antonio Ruiz. As a junior, he led Georgia to the finals of the NCAA team championships where they finished runner-up falling to Pepperdine in Palo Alto, California in May 2006. However, the team battled back to go undefeated his entire senior season, capturing the National Indoors, SEC regular season and SEC tournament titles and finally the NCAA championship in front of their home crowd at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Georgia in May 2007. With John at the # 1 singles position and playing doubles, Georgia lost just one match in his final two years. He spent most of 2007 ranked # 1 in NCAA singles play and reached the finals of the NCAA singles championship following the team national championship. At Georgia John achieved All-American status all four years and became UGA’s all-time winningest player. At Georgia, he was coached by Manuel Diaz and assistant coach Augustine Moreno then Will Glenn.

John, College Coach Manuel Diaz and Assisstant Coach Will Glenn

John and his mother

Fresh out of college, John started his professional career with a world ranking of #839 in June 2007. He won his first tournament of the summer, the USA F14 Futures, beating the top three seeds along the way. Then, after first round losses in a Challenger-level and an ATP-level tournament, he beat five top-300 players and three seeds to win the Lexington challenger in July to improve his ranking to #416 after just one month.

The following week at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington, D.C., Fernando Gonzalez’s late withdrawal freed up a wild card spot, which was given at the last minute to Isner. John entered the tournament and recorded his first-ever wins over top-100 players. He won 3rd-set tiebreakers on five consecutive days, beating #73 Tim Henman, #47 Benjamin Becker, #189 qualifier Wayne Odesnik, #12 Tommy Haas, and #54 Gael Monfils, to reach the final. He fell 6-4, 7-6 to Andy Roddick in the final match, but his incredible week raised his ranking to #193 in the world after just 6 weeks as a pro.

John at the Legg-Mason Classic

John at the Legg-Mason Classic

His success at the Legg Mason earned him Wild Card entries into three more ATP tournaments, the Masters Series event in Cincinnati a week later, New Haven, and the US Open. He lost in the first round in Cincinnati to quarterfinalist #15 David Ferrer. The following week in New Haven, he beat #49 Becker a second time before falling to Ferrer for the 2nd week in a row.

In his US Open debut he defeated the 26th-seeded player, former quarterfinalist Jarkko Nieminen, 6(4)-7, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5), 6-4, firing 34 aces along the way. He proceeded to win his second round match vs. Rik De Voest 6-3, 6-3, 7-6 (4), before losing in the 3rd round to the top-seeded Roger Federer 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-4, 6-2. Isner aced Federer 18 times, and finished with 66 aces for the tournament.

Since the US Open, he has played Challenger-level events and has been invited to join the US Davis Cup team as a hitting partner.

John lives in Tampa and is coached by former Georgia standout Brandon Waggoner. He often hits with his good friends and neighbors James Blake and Mardy Fish.

“John will always have a chance to win with that kind of serve.”

– Dave Wheaton