Posted by: benherst | September 6, 2009

Isner Wins!

John Isner

John Isner

John Isner, the 24 year-old American professional tennis player, beat Andy Roddick today in third-round action at the US Open. Roddick, the sixth seed, is a former US Open champion and former world #1. Isner, who stands 6′ 9”, played the best tennis of his young career, pulling out the match 7-6 (3), 6-3, 3-6, 5-7, 7-6 (5). It should also be noted that Isner is from Greensboro, North Carolina.



  1. What role does height play in his serve. Usually tennis players are kind of average. I met two, john mcenroe and boris becker, and they were both a little more than six feet, as I recall.

    • Mr. Shear-

      You are certainly correct that the usual “tennis frame” is a somewhat average build. Nevertheless, having an extra few inches of hieght, as Isner certainly does, enables one to generate extra torque and create exceptional angles on the serve. Therefore, height is indubitably beneficial to the serve. However, in the broad scope of tennis, height can also cause problems. A tall player must reach further to reach lower shots, which requires a supreme fitness level, especially if you are forced to execute such a shot repeatedly. I hope this answers your question and I am thoroughly jealous that you got to meet McEnroe and Becker – two all-time greats!

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