My Mom's Battle With Cancer
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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The biggest set back for my family was when my mom…She came down with colon cancer during my freshman year in college, which was very unexpected and sudden. It was a heavy burden for our whole family, something that I had never dealt with before, something that no one in my family had ever dealt with before. Seeing someone that you love so much come down with a disease that is very serious and ultimately can be deadly was shocking for all of us, but she was able to persevere….but I saw how she was able to persevere, how she was able to fight through that and anything that I do on the tennis court will always pale in comparison to what she had to go through and trying to fight for her life. So setbacks since she’s recovered from that really have just been on the court for me and i’ve lost a lot a lot of matches and learned how to cope and deal with them a lot better as i’ve lost matches and as i’ve won a lot of matches. i’m out here supporting myself. this is what I do for a living and in high school my parents supported me, in college my parents were supporting me, and I had teammates to pick me up if I lost and coaches to pick me up if I lost in college, and now I’m mainly supporting myself. This is what I do for a living and it happens in athletics and business and what not you have to deal with setbacks and really it’s how you’re able to bounce back from them.

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Cinematography: Danielle Calodney & Danny Vecchione

Edited by: Jeremy Brunjes & Joshua Hume

Interviewed by Laura Lehmann

Produced by: Batsheva Lazarus & Laura Lehmann

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