Despite Injuries, John Isner Will Play In U.S. Open

The 6-foot-9 American is back in business after a grueling summer.

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Despite injuries, John Isner Will Play in U.S. Open

Here's some good news: American John Isner, who's been battling injuries since his epic five-set victory over Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon, will reportedly play in the U.S. Open. The 18th-seeded Isner is set to take on Portugal's Frederico Gil in the first round. Gerald Witt of The Greensboro (N.C.) News & Record has the story:

The world's 20th ranked player on the ATP World Tour has been healing the right ankle he sprained in Cincinnati on Aug. 18.

"It's still lingering," Isner, a Page graduate, said. "For the first couple of days after I did it, I was bedridden."

On Thursday, he decided to play the Grand Slam event..

"I'm gonna be well-rested, but I'm not going to be sharp," he said Friday on a phone call from his Tampa home. "I haven't hit a ball in 10 days."

Playing the longest match ever -- it ended at 70-68 in the fifth -- took a toll on the 6-foot-9 Isner.

The ankle injury wasn't the only disruption in Isner's summer. An 11-hour first round match he won at Wimbledon — the longest ever played on the tour — brought unexpected attention.

"Every day since my match I've had to answer some kind of question about it," he said.

And it's beginning to get tiresome.

"Going forward, the focus is also trying to get away from that," Isner said.

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John Isner Sidelined With Ankle Ligament Damage, Injury Likely Knocks Him Out Of U.S. Open

John Isner will likely be knocked out of the U.S. Open after he was diagnosed with ligament damage in his ankle, per Judy Murray (via the Tennis Reporters). Isner admitted as much over his own Twitter account, saying:

Ankle is worse than I thought. Need a miracle

Isner injured the ankle during his match against the resurgent David Nalbandian at the Cincinnati Masters last week. Isner was up 5-4 in the first set, serving for the set, when he landed awkwardly and twisting his right ankle. Isner was forced to retire from the match. Although Isner was initially hopeful that the injury would be similar to the one he suffered to his ankle last year that didn't knock him out for very long, that does not appear to be the case now.

The hard-serving Isner is, of course, best known for his epic, marathon match against Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon this past July. The six-foot-nine Isner eventually prevailed 70-68 in the fifth set, due to there not being a fifth-set tiebreak at the All-England Club.

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