John Isner is back on court today in the Indian Wells quarterfinals against Ernests Gulbis. The American is lucky to be play again after dealing with a right ankle in January that forced him to miss time.
Talking on Wednesday after beating Rendy Lu, Isner spoke about how tough tennis is with injuries.
“If you’re having trouble staying healthy, you can’t get on the court,” Isner said. “If you’re not on the court, you’re not winning matches. If you’re not winning matches, you’re not making money. If you’re not making money, the rankings are going down.
“It’s tough. Tennis is brutal. ou could have a stretch where you’re not able to take the court and your ranking is going to inevitably drop. You have to stay as physically fit as you can. I think everyone in today’s game on the singles side is so professional. Most guys travel with their own physio person to keep them fit and keep them feeling good. It’s what you have to do in today’s game. So I have always said, With me, as long as I’m healthy, things will take care of themselves on the court. So I’m happy that I’m feeling pretty good right now.”
The 6-foot-10 Isner is the last of big men left in the tournament after recent losses by Milos Raonic, Marin Cilic and Kevin Anderson. But Isner is also a former finalist and his powerful serve is humming again.
“When you put matches together in a row, you just inevitably from that feel better,” he said. “You feel better about your game and each match you win and each set you win and each point you win. You gain confidence from that. I think that’s what I’m showing right now.”
Later today Isner takes on Gulbis but the Latvian has won two of three.
“Expect the unexpected,” Isner said. “He’s so talented. We all know that. You never really know what you’re going to get with him out there. He’s a shot maker. He hits the ball extremely hard. He can sort of go crazy out there, too.
“But it’s kind of like, I don’t know, equate it to like a John McEnroe crazy. He does it but he stays with it. He did that out there today. So, you know, I hope that he cracks some racquets against me tomorrow. That means I will be doing a couple things right. We will see how it goes.”
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