When you put your name in the top 10 of each category of each sport, you know you’re doing something right. John Isner will be listed in the top 10 men’s tennis professional rankings by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) from 2018.
In addition to his top 10 rankings, he is also considered one of the best servers on the ATP World Tour and holds the record of the third-highest aces in the history of the ATP with over 10,000 acres. Isner and Nicolas Mahut also hold the record of playing the longest professional tennis match in the history of the game. The game lasted 11 hours and 5 minutes and lasted for three days.
John Isner Biography
The tennis professional was born on 26 April 1985 in Greensboro, California. He was just 11 years old when he decided that he wanted to make a career out of tennis. This led to him playing competitive matches for the Westside Swim and Tennis Club in his hometown of Greensboro throughout his growth period. John Isner attended Walter Hines Page Senior High School in Greensboro and graduated with a degree in Voice Communication from the University of Georgia.
Isner’s career began with a bang in 2007. After only one month, he won the USA F14 Futures and beat three sets and five players in the top 300 to win the Lexington Challenger and improve his ranking to 416.
He continued to plough his way through the players of the tennis elite. In the US Open and Masters Series, he was able to win against players like Tommy Haas and Rik de Voest. After stops at the Australian Open, French Open, and Wimbledon, he finished 2008 with a world ranking of 144.
In 2009, Isner celebrated his first victory against the top 10 opponents Gaël Monfils, Marat Safin, and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at major events. However, he retired from the French Open and missed the Wimbledon tournament after he was diagnosed with mononucleosis. He was voted the ATP’s strongest player in 2009.
John Isner secured his first ATP tour title in 2010 when he defeated Arnaud Clément in the final in Auckland. This victory earned him a world ranking of 30 points. This continuous rise also led to his being selected by Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe as one of the players who will represent the USA in the 2010 US Davis Cup World Group.
At the time of the 2010 Wimbledon World Championship, Isner was number 19 in the world. In his first round, he played a grueling 11-hour match against Nicolas Mahut within three days, making it the longest game in the history of professional tennis.
At the end of 2010 and in 2011 Isner made it into the top 20, securing the number 18 position. Although John Isner continued to lose to the top dogs such as Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, and Novak Djokovic, he moved up to rank 11 by the end of 2015, the highest position in his career.
In 2016 he lost to Andy Murray in the final of the Paris Masters, making it the first year without a single title since 2009. On 30 July 2017 John won the Atlanta BB&T Open for the fourth time in his career, defeating his American countryman Ryan Harrison.
After a miserable start to 2018, when he crashed at the Auckland Open and the Australian Open, Isner recovered and beat Alexander Zverev at the Miami Open to win his first-ever Masters 1000 title. With this, he returned to the top 10 with his career-high from 9th place.
John Isner Net Worth
Isner has not done badly since the beginning of his professional career. His participation in top events, victories against high-ranking players, and his titles have done much to increase his wealth. After winning over $14 million in prize money in competitions, Celebrity Net Worth estimates the player at $4 million.
Family and Wife
John Isner is married to Madison McKinley, a fashion designer who works on the ranch and loves nature all around. The couple was together for a long time before John Isner asked the question in June 2017. They got married on December 4, 2017, in South Carolina under the motto “Wedding in the country”. Many prominent athletes and friends of Isner attended the wedding. The couple has no children yet.
McKinley attended the Parsons School of Design in New York for three years before he transferred to the University of Texas, Austin, where he graduated in fine arts. Madison once lived for 10 months on her family’s ranch in Buffalo, Wyoming.
She is a fashion designer and jewelry maker whose business is run by her mother, who is the CEO of her company.
Other Facts about John Isner
1. Isner Believes in Charity
The professional tennis player is a great believer in charity and the welfare of others. He won his first ATP Tour title at the 2010 Heineken Open in Auckland. After his win, John Isner donated $5,000 of his prize money to support the rescue efforts after the earthquake in Haiti, which had occurred just four days earlier.
2. He Supports other Sports too
Isner and his wife Madison, are die-hard football fans. They are fans of the Carolina Panthers of the NFL and the Fremantle Football Club of the Australian Football League.
3. Isner’s Game with Nicolas Mahut Brought him some Level of Fame
After his three-day match with Nicolas Mahut, the tennis player was invited to the Good Morning America Show and the Late Show with David Letterman. John Isner and Mahut were awarded the title of Best Record-breaking Performance in Sport at the 2010 ESPY Awards. Isner was also allowed to throw the ceremonial first pitch at a New York Yankee game at the Yankee Stadium.
4. John’s Politics has Earned him Some Backlash
This became most obvious in 2016 when Isner described the protests of soccer player Colin Kaepernick during the rendition of the national anthem of the United States as “pathetic”. Kaepernick had kneeled down while singing the anthem.
Height and Body Measurements
One look at Isner’s towering frame and you have to wonder why he didn’t choose basketball. Isner stands at a breathtaking height of 2.08 m (6 feet 10 inches). He is the third-highest player of the ATP and lies behind Ivo Karlovic and Reilly Opelka. John also maintains a healthy athletic weight of 111 kg (244.7 lbs).