Life On The Road As a Pro Athlete
John Isner | Pro Tennis Player

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A Native of Greensboro, North Carolina, John Isner is a professional American tennis player who at 27 achieved his career-high singles ranking of world no. 9. John is currently the highest-ranked male American tennis player. He is widely considered one of the greatest servers in tennis.

John is the only top 20 tennis player to have attended a four-year college. He led the University Georgia tennis team to an NCAA team title and earned All-American honors each season.

At the 2010 Wimbledon Championships, John played the longest professional tennis match in history, defeating Nicolas Mahut in a total of 11 hours and 5 minutes of play over the course of three days.

He also played the then 10th longest singles match – a 5 hour 41 minute encounter in the second round of the 2012 French Open.

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I live in Florida, that’s my base, you know I don’t know if I even spend half the year there, I’m on the road as a pro athlete more than that. It’s a lot of travel something that I wasn’t used to I never played a professional tennis match in Europe until I was 23 years old, which is unusual, so traveling outside of the US is something that I’m still tying to get used to.

When I’m in Asia or Europe or Australia I’m so far away from everyone that I live, but at the same time I know I have a job to do. Ive been around the block a few times now and it gets easier for me as each year passes, but it’s certainly not easy for me knowing that I’m just far away from people I care about the most.

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Cinematography: Danny Vecchione

2nd Camera: Danielle Calodney

Edited by: Jeremy Brunjes & Joshua Hume

Interviewed by Laura Lehmann

Produced by: Batsheva Lazarus & Laura Lehmann

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