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U.S. Open Biography: John Isner of the United States

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John Isner has emerged as one of the top American tennis players in the game today, and has done so through an unconventional path, making his success that much more interesting to the media and fans alike. Isner didn't turn pro until he was 22 years old, spending his late teens and early 20s playing tennis at the collegiate level for the University of Georgia. He received All-American honors each of his four years as a Bulldog.

The 2012 season has treated Isner well, as two of his most noteworthy performances of his career have come this year. He claimed victory of Roger Federer in the 2012 Davis Cup and also defeated Novak Djokovic in the 2012 Masters 1000 Tournament in Indian Wells. With his recent string of success and the fact that his best-ever Grand Slam performance came at last year's U.S. Open, it appears that John Isner will approach the 2012 U.S. Open with confidence and optimism.

Name: John Isner

Birthday: April 26, 1985

Astrological Sign: Taurus

Stats: 6 feet 9 inches, 245 pounds

Birthplace: Greensboro, North Carolina

Residence: Tampa, Florida

Pro Since: 2007

Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)

Career Matches Won (pre-2012 U.S. Open): 156

Career Matches Lost (pre-2012 U.S. Open): 102

Career Singles Titles (pre-2012 U.S. Open): 4

Career Doubles Titles (pre-2012 U.S. Open): 3

2012 Matches Won (pre-U.S. Open): 36

2012 Matches Lost (pre-U.S. Open): 15

Best U.S. Open Singles Performance: Quarter-finalist (2011)

Best U.S. Open Doubles Performance: Lost in Second Round (2009)

U.S. Open History

2007 - Lost in third round

2008 - Lost in first round

2009 - Lost in fourth round

2010 - Lost in third round

2011 - Quarter-finalist (Isner's best result in any Grand Slam tournament)

Major Tournament Wins:

Olympic Performance: 2012 London Games - Quarterfinalist

Hobbies: Isner enjoys spending his leisure time playing basketball, golf and poker.

Favorite TV Shows: "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and ESPN

Official Website: www.johnisner.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/JohnIsner

The author has been a devoted tennis fan for the past decade.

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