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Wimbledon, aces, height: Everything you wanted to know about John Isner (but never had the time to find out) – updated with retirement news
John Isner was part of ‘The Longest Match’ at Wimbledon in 2010. Here are answers to some questions you might have about the biggest server in tennis history.
When was John Isner born and how tall is he?
John Isner was born in Greensboro, North Carolina, in the United States on April 26, 1985. He stands at 6ft 10in (2.08m) tall, according to his profile on the ATP Tour website.
Is John Isner retiring?
Yes. on August 23, 2023, Isner announced that he would hang up his rackets following the US Open, bringing down the curtains on a 17-year-career during which he won 16 ATP singles and 8 ATP doubles titles and peaked at No 8 in the singles rankings and No 14 in the doubles rankings.
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 @usopen will be my final event. Time to lace ‘em up one last time. ❤️ ♥️ 💜 pic.twitter.com/GyRTXGNK8G
Did John Isner play college tennis?
The 35-year-old Isner was a four-year All-American at the University of Georgia from 2004 to 2007. In 2007, he reached the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) singles final and won the doubles and team titles.
What is John Isner’s highest ranking?
Isner’s highest ranking is No 8, which he achieved for the first time in 2018 after reaching the Wimbledon semi-final that year. You can find his current ranking and ranking history on his ATP Tour profile page.
How many aces has John Isner hit?
As per the ATP Tour, Isner has hit 14,411aces in his career. That is the most in history (since the ATP started keeping records). You can find the most recent list and count on the ATP site here.
Does John Isner hold the record for the fastest serve?
While the ATP, WTA and ITF Tours do not officially recognise the fastest serve records (due to lack of serve speed technology at every court and tournament, and due to differences in technologies used), Isner has hit some of the fastest serves in tennis history.
How did John Isner make history at Wimbledon in 2010?
In the first round of the 2010 Wimbledon Championships, Isner defeated Frenchman Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 3-6, 6-7, 7-6, 70-68 in what has now been dubbed as ‘The Longest Match’. The match lasted 11 hours, 5 minutes and took three days to complete – making it the longest match in tennis history.
Isner broke a number of records in that match – hitting 113 aces (a record for an ATP Tour and Grand Slam match) and 85 aces in a single set. Mahut hit 103 aces. Remarkably, they were drawn to play each other in the first round in 2011, too, though this time Isner won easily.
Does John Isner hold any other records?
Well, he shares one. In February 2022, he played the longest tiebreak in ATP Tour history, losing the second-set tiebreak 24-22 to Reilly Opelka in the semi-final of the Dallas Open.
How many titles has John Isner won?
Isner has won 16 ATP singles titles, including the Miami Masters in 2018, six titles in Atlanta, four in Newport, and two at Winston-Salem (all tournament records). He has also won eight ATP doubles titles. Incidentally, the only two ATP singles titles he has won outside the United States have both come in Auckland. You can find the updated count on his ATP profile page.
Is John Isner a member of the ATP Player Council?
Isner was a member of the ATP Player Council for three terms from 2014-20. Last year, Isner resigned after the launch of the Professional Tennis Players Association. In recent weeks, Isner has spoken in detail about the issues within the current ATP structure.
What is John Isner’s best Grand Slam performance?
Isner reached his first Grand Slam semi-final at Wimbledon in 2018, losing to Kevin Anderson 26-24 in the fifth set after six hours and 36 minutes. It was the second-longest match in Grand Slam history. Many consider it to be a turning point in Wimbledon’s decision to introduce the fifth set tiebreak at 12-12 in 2019.
Besides this, Isner has reached the quarter-finals of the US Open twice.
"Anderson vs Isner, a Wimbledon classic – you better believe it"— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 13, 2018
A Centre Court epic ends with @KAndersonATP going through to the #Wimbledon final, beating John Isner 7-6(6), 6-7(5), 6-7(9), 6-4, 26-24 pic.twitter.com/Fv4ww2cEzK
Who is John Isner’s wife?
Isner is married to jewellery designer Madison McKinley Isner. The couple were married in December 2017, and have three children – daughter Hunter Grace was born in September 2018 while son John Hobbs was born in October 2019. Youngest child James was born in October 2021.