John Isner had quite a 2010. The ATP 19th-ranked player won his first-ever Tour title in Auckland in January and then, just five months later, played an epic, record-breaking first-round match against Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon. In an exclusive interview with The Slice, John said, reflecting on his favorite moments of the year,
“Winning my first ATP title in Auckland was something I have worked for a long time now, and it was a pretty rewarding experience. And of course how can I forget the Wimbledon epic against Nicolas. I’m sure it will never happen again in the history of tennis, and it was great that I got to be a part of it.”
Following that match at Wimbledon, John was thrust into a media spotlight he hadn’t yet been exposed to. He appeared on David Letterman, threw out the first pitch at a Yankees game and won an ESPY award for “Best Record-Breaking Performance” for his match with Mahut. When asked what his best off-court memory was this year, John replied,
“It’s tough to pick one, they were all very memorable. My experience at the ESPY’s was really exciting, being with other athletes who stand out in their respective sports was extremely rewarding.”
In the midst the off-season and, after the busy and memorable 2010 John had, you think he would take this time to vacation and be away from tennis, right? That is not the case.
“I’m looking forward to a few weeks off,” John said. “I would like to spend the holidays with my family, at my parents’ house, but most likely, my Christmas festivities are going to be quite short because I’m leaving for Australia at the end of December. I have a lot of work to do in the off-season. I would like to come back stronger, faster and better next year.”
And as we all make our resolutions for 2011, John has some goals of his own.
“It would be nice to crack the top 10. I’m also looking forward to a new Davis Cup Series with Team USA, a couple of great Grand Slam showings, but the most important thing to me is improving my game, then the results will come as well.”