John Isner is seeded ninth at the 2012 U.S. Open, the top spot among American players. Isner has steadily moved up the world rankings over the past few years, but is still looking for his first title at a Grand Slam event. It will be a difficult endeavor for Isner to win at Flushing Meadows this year. Even with Rafael Nadal out of the tournament due to injury, the field still includes five-time winner Roger Federer, reigning champ Novak Djokovic, and Olympic gold medalist Andy Murray.
Here's a profile of the American with the best chance to succeed in front of the home crowd in men's singles at this year's U.S. Open:
Full Name: John Robert Isner
Birthday: April 26, 1985 (27 years old)
Height: 6 feet 9 inches
Weight: 245 pounds
Family: Father - Robert; mother - Karen; older brothers - Jordan, 26, and Nathan, 28
Hometown: Greensboro, North Carolina
Current Residence: Tampa, Florida
College: University of Georgia, four-time All-American
Nicknames: Marathon Man, Grandpa
ATP Singles Titles: Five
2012 - Winston-Salem, Newport
2011 - Winston-Salem, Newport
2010 - Auckland
Coach: Craig Boynton, former ATP player
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Hobbies: Playing poker, golfing, watching sports on TV
Sports Heroes: Karl Malone of the NBA, Jake Delhomme of the NFL
Favorite Music Genres: Country and classic rock
Favorite Movies: "Rudy" and "300"
Charities: UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, Boys and Girls Club of America
Most Memorable Tennis Moment: Few people had heard of John Isner prior to his legendary match with Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon in 2010. The most stubborn match in the history of the sport saw the two competitors playing more than 11 hours of tennis over the course of three days. Isner and Mahut went a combined 167 games without breaking serves, and each recorded upward of 100 aces throughout the match. In the end, it was Isner who prevailed in the fifth set, 70-68.
Other Facts about Isner: Isner goes into the U.S. Open with a record of 41-15 for the 2012 season. … Prize money this season for Isner has exceeded one million dollars. … Eliminated quickly at Wimbledon in 2012, falling in the first round. … Earlier in the year, made it to the third round of the Australian Open. … Hard courts are Isner's preferred playing surface, and he points to his serve and forehand as the best parts of his game. Began playing tennis competitively at the age of 11.
Aaron Griggs has enjoyed watching tennis for a long time, and began playing the sport when he chose it for a P.E. elective in college.
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