After 17+ years on the @atptour, it’s time to say goodbye to professional tennis. This transition won’t be easy but I’m looking forward to every second of it with my amazing family.
— John Isner (@JohnIsner) August 23, 2023
The 38-year-old American and two-time US Open quarterfinalist ended eight of his 17 seasons as the No. 1 US-ranked player and holds the ATP Tour career mark for aces (14,411).
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Isner was a mainstay in the top 20 from 2010-2019 and reached a career-high No. 8 after his 2018 semifinal run at Wimbledon. Isner’s biggest victory was at the 2018 Miami Open when he defeated Germany’s Alexander Zverev in three sets, becoming the oldest man to win an ATP Masters 1000 event.
Isner boasts a career singles mark of 488-319 with 16 career titles over 807 career ATP Tour matches and won 30 matches or more in eight of his 17 seasons. His booming serve and volley style was a throwback to the Pete Sampras generation, as evidenced by his 504-332 career record in tiebreaks.
The big-serving American is also an accomplished doubles player, achieving a 151-113 record with eight titles and a career-high No. 14 in 2022.
Still, he’s best known for playing the longest match in tennis history, a five-set battle with Chile’s Nicolas Mahut that took 11:05 hours and three days to complete.
Isner Heading Into the US Open
Isner enters his 17th consecutive US Open with a 31-16 record at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. He’s currently ranked 158 and received a Main Draw Wild Card otherwise, the American tennis legend would be forced to qualify this week.
DraftKings NJ has Isner as a +30000 longshot to win the 2023 US Open, and those odds are probably generous. Isner is just 10-12 this season but has dropped four of his last five matches, with his last victory against Australian Rinky Hijikata at the Los Cabos event in July 2023.
Isner Faces Argentinian Facundo Diaz Acosta in 1st Round
Isner opens his final US Open run with an interesting matchup vs. World No. 93 Facundo Diaz Acosta. The 22-year-old Argentinian is primarily a clay court player with a 4-3 hardcourt record this season. Isner is 1-9 on the hard stuff, and if he can get that serve of his cracking, he can take out Acosta and would await the winner of the Karan Khakanov–Michal Mmoh match, and both will be difficult opponents for Isner.
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