One of the Americans who is in the field of the Winston-Salem Open is John Isner. He is the 11th ranked player in the World and highest ranked American. Isner, a Greensboro native who now resides in the Tampa area, will return to the Tar Heel State in the August.
Isner, a current member of the United States Davis Cup team, looks to improve a disappointing 2012 Majors record where he has fallen in the second round twice (Australian and French) and in the first once (Wimbledon).
The Greensboro native has had his greatest Major's success at the U.S. Open where the 27 year old reached the quarterfinals in 2011. He looks to break back into the World Top 10 where he reached 9th in the World earlier this year. He is 23-12 in matches this year and has 3 career titles under his belt.
He may be best known for the epic Wimbledon match in 2010 where he faced Nicolas Mahut. It turned out to be the longest match in history. Isner won 6-4, 3-6, 6-7, 7-6, 70-68.
Isner is the defending Champion of the Winston-Salem Open where he defeated Julien Benneteau last August. He is one of 5 Americans entered in the field of 2012 and hopes to regain momentum going into the U.S. Open, where he will compete on a surface that suits his game.
(photo courtesy of Boss Tweed)