Friendships With Other Tennis Players On and Off the Court
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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Well in tennis it’s very different than other sports, especially team sports, its an interesting atmosphere because these are guys that we’re competing against on the court but at the same time we’re always sharing the same locker room. So there’s been countless times that I’ve gone to battle with someone, whether I won or lost, and 10 minutes later i’m in the locker room with these guys. So for the most part I feel like all players do get along pretty well.

I, in particular, get along with the american guys, a lot of them are very, very good friends of mine, and I have had to play them before in a lot of matches, a lot of big matches, and i’ve won some of them and lost some of them, its an interesting dynamic to be able to play a good friend of yours on the court, because whenever we’re not playing against each other we’re just really, really good friends and having the best time, but during the course of the match you gotta block that out and just try to be better than them.

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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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